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CV, CHS to compete at Western Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships
Hawk, Bulldog grapplers vying for Divisional berths
Ceres High's Abel Morales (pictured in white singlet) and Central Valley's Jason Beckhart will compete at the Western Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships on Friday in Livingston. The WAC tournament will begin at 9 a.m.

Wrestlers from Central Valley, Ceres High, Livingston, Patterson, Pacheco, Los Banos and El Capitan will compete at the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Friday at Livingston High School.

The top four individuals in each weight class advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament, to be staged Feb. 20-21 at Foothill High School.

“I’m expecting a first-place finish,” Hawks head coach Rob Beckhart said. “It’s not going to be easy. Los Banos is on fire right now. We’ll be ready for them.”

“I can definitely see us finishing in the top two,” Bulldogs head coach Steve Festa said. “I see it being between us and Central Valley. Right now, it’s about moving on and collecting hardware.”

Central Valley’s lineup will consist of: Claudia Martinez (108s), Luis Saucedo (115s), Christian Oliver (120s), Ryan Hendrix (126s), Angel Gonzales (132s), Jose Castillo (142s), Severo Vazquez (145s), Andrew Marquez (154s), Alex Alvarado (162s), Gabriel Martinez (170s), Joaquin Garcia (184s), Adrian Badillo (197s), Jason Beckhart (220s) and David Lezama (285s).

“We have the potential to have seven to eight wrestlers in the finals,” coach Beckhart said.

Tyler Fleming (108s), Brian Becerra (115s), Luis Camarillo (120s), Aaron Page (126s), Jaden Cooper (132s), Aiden Moore (142s), Daniel Raya (147s), John Alba (154s), Spencer Nelson (162s), Diego Diaz (170s), Daniel McElwain (184s), Abel Morales (197s), Rudy Gonzales (220s) and Brian Quintanilla (285s) will represent Ceres High.

Morales placed first in the 197-pound class last season.

 “We’re going to have a full lineup,” Festa said. “We’re not going to be missing anybody. Honestly, I can see everybody moving on.”

Central Valley posted a perfect 6-0 record during the WAC dual-meet season.

Ceres High, Livingston and Los Banos tied for second with identical 4-2 marks.

The WAC tournament will get underway at 9 a.m.