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CV girls place 10th at Regionals
Central Valley High School's girls wrestling program had a respectable showing at the CIF Regional Tournament earlier this month in Stockton.

The Hawks placed 10th at the 77-team even with a score of 51.

"I had anticipated finishing in the top five," Central Valley head coach Rob Beckhart said. "I know that could have happened. We just came out a little sluggish, which cost us some team points."

The top four individuals in each weight class qualified for state.

Hawk senior Rose Moore managed to earn a berth despite dropping her first match.

Central Valley teammates Malynda Lomeli, Zaira Reynoso, Lexy Cordova, Andrea Rodriguez, Gabby Hernandez and Andrea Vera failed to advance.

"It's difficult after you lose in the first round and have to wrestle back to place," Beckhart said. "All but one of our girls were in that position."

Moore, the No. 1 seed in the 114-pound division, finished fourth.

She won four of her six matches and improved to 23-4 on the year.

Rose wrestled sick and injured.

She was edged out for third place in quadruple overtime.

"I was happy but so tired after my final match," Moore said.

Said Beckhart: "She didn't look like herself but she's a tough competitor. She had to win four matches in a row to make it to state. She's got three weeks to get well. Once you get to state, everybody is good.

Lomeli, Central Valley's 126-pound grappler, compiled a 3-3 record en route to a sixth-place finish despite being unseeded. She won her first match.

"I really felt she should have placed in the top four," Beckhart said. "But she was dealing with a shoulder injury that kept her from wrestling at 100 percent. She wasn't able to get up off the bottom because of that."

Lomeli, a junior, compiled a 20-8 record this season.

"She's a tough girl," Beckhart said. "She has a fiery personality. She videotapes all of her matches and watches them back. She wants to get better. That's a great trait to have."

Reynoso, Cordova, Rodriguez, Hernandez and Vera were all defeated in the opening round, along with Moore.

Zaira, a sophomore, placed in the top 12 in the 165-pound class. She won two of four matches and finished 6-14 on the year.

"I did not expect that at all," Beckhart said. "She's turning into a better wrestler. I wish she had more tournaments to go to this year."

Cordova (122 pounds, 1-2 record), Rodriguez (103s, 1-2), Hernandez (138s, 0-2) and Vera (132s, 0-2) did not place.

Rodriguez wrestled with two cracked ribs.

The Regional Tournament was held, Feb. 3-4, at McNair High School.

The second annual CIF Girls State Wrestling Invitational will be staged, Feb. 24-25, in Lemoore.

"It's important for the sport to recognize girls wrestling and to support it," Beckhart said. "It's a different style compared to boys. Girls are a lot more limber and athletic in certain circumstances. I've had to learn how to coach it. It's been fun."