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CV, CHS grapplers experience solid outing
Central Valley's and Ceres High's varsity wrestling programs won trophies and medals while participating at the Bear Creek Invitational last week.

The Hawks finished in second place with a 4-1 record during the dual-meet portion of the 12-team tournament on Friday.

Central Valley, which started competing at the varsity level in 2006-07, finally won a team trophy.

The Hawks made history thanks in large part to their talent and depth.

"We surprised a lot of people," head coach Rob Beckhart said. "I'm excited for the kids. It's just one small step."

Paradise edged out Central Valley 43-30 for the title.

The Hawks beat Edison (63-18), Atwater (40-32), Lincoln (48-18) and Rodriguez (48-24).

Jeff Phetsomphou (112 pounds, 4-0), Alex Alvarez (119, 3-1), Vincent Martinez (125, 3-2), Nestor Berumen (135, 3-2), Jaime Lomeli (152, 4-0) and Jaime Tadeo (160, 3-1) all had winning records.

"We were close to taking the whole thing," Beckhart said. "We lost by 13 points in the finals."

Ceres High placed third with a 4-1 mark.

The Bulldogs bested Edison (54-30), Chavez (42-31), West Campus (57-21) and St. Mary's (61-18).

Ceres High lost to Paradise (54-21) in the semifinals.

"The kids did a great job," Bulldogs head coach Jon Nowicki said.

Four of Ceres High's six wrestlers placed during the individual competition at Bear Creek on Saturday.

Sophomore Gabe Balderas won the 112-pound title. He posted a 4-0 record.

Sophomore Brandon Christeson tied for third (4-1) at 119 pounds.

Wesley Schwieger (125, 3-2) and Andrew Cefre (140, 3-2) both finished in fourth place in their respective weight classes.

Central Valley had three seconds, one third and two fourths.

Jaime Lomeli (152, 3-1), Malynda Lomeli (125, 4-1) and Alex Alvarez (119, 3-1) all won silver.

Anthony Centeno (145, 4-1) brought home a bronze medal.

Josue Hernandez (171, 1-2) and Jamie Tadeo (152, 2-2) both finished in fourth place.

Malynda Lomeli competed in the all-girls bracket.

She lost 4-1 in the finals to Enochs' Samantha Seift.

"She dominated most of her opponents," Beckhart said. "It was a great experience for her."

Central Valley (5-1) and Ceres High (4-2) will battle today at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

The Western Athletic Conference dual meet will get underway at 6 p.m.

The host Bulldogs pounded the Hawks, 72-4, last season.

"It should be competitive," Bulldogs assistant coach Steve Festa said. "We'll be prepared."