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CV experiencing a major turnaround
Central Valley High School's varsity wrestling team made history last week.

The Hawks bested Linden (57-21), Downey (51-19), Gregori (55-14), Modesto Christian (72-12), Modesto High (51-21), Beyer (43-33), Turlock (36-24), Johansen (40-39) and Patterson (41-33) on their way to a first-place finish at Modesto High's Big Kat Classic.

Central Valley experienced a major breakthrough by capturing its first team title in program history. The Hawks started competing at the varsity level in 2006-07.

"Our goal was to win every dual meet and that's what we did," head coach Rob Beckhart said. "It was pretty exciting. I'm happy for the kids. They deserve all the success they've been having. They're starting to gain a lot of confidence."

Seven of Central Valley's 14 wrestlers were awarded medals.

Alex Alvarez finished in first place with a 6-2 record in the 119-pound division.

Anthony Centeno (140s, 8-1) and Josh Beckhart (215s, 7-0) also won titles.

Michael Manzur (103s, 5-2), Jeffrey Phetsomphou (112s, 5-2), Jaime Tadeo (152s, 6-3) and Johnny Proctor (189s, 8-2) all took second in their respective weight classes.

Central Valley's Tony Cordova (160s, 2-0), Miguel Espinoza (125s, 1-0), Adrian Vizcaino (171s, 4-3), Jaime Lomeli (160s, 3-2), Vince Martinez (125s, 4-4), Derek Earnest (145s, 3-5), Abel Medina (130s, 2-3), Nestor Berumen (135s, 1-2), George Youkhana (130s, 0-1), Evan Elliott (171s, 0-1) and James Jackson (285s, 1-4) also contributed.

"We benefitted from having a full lineup," coach Beckhart said. "That's why we were beating teams so bad."

Central Valley's Rose Moore and Malynda Lomeli had successful outings at the Lady Eagles Invitational.

The Enochs High School event featured 89 wrestlers from 20 different schools.

Moore placed second while competing in the 123.6-125.4 bracket.

Lomeli took third (129.4-132.2).

The Hawks (16-1, 3-0) and host Los Banos Tigers will battle for first place this Wednesday. The WAC dual meet will get underway at 6 p.m.

"I think we can compete with them," Rob Beckhart said. "I hope they underestimate us."

Central Valley compiled an 0-8 record during its final season in the Valley Oak League in 2009-10.

"Our kids still feel like the underdog," he said. "Nobody likes us. It takes time to build a reputation. We're generating some interest in the program."