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CV grapplers making strides
Central Valley High School's varsity wrestling team had a disappointing showing at the Western Invitational last month.

The Hawks rebounded with a much-improved performance at the Big Valley Classic, hosted Jan. 8-9, in Stockton.

"We came away with a better feeling this week," head coach Bobby Posadas said. "Right now, it's all about learning. Hopefully, they put this experience to good use."

Josh Beckhart advanced to the second day of the tournament. The 215-pound junior posted a 4-2 record.

Beckhart collected wins against Archbishop Riordan's Deion Degn (pin, 2:56), Central Catholic's Mitchell Young (decision, 4-1), Ygnacio Valley's Ryan Teague (technical fall, 15-0) and St. Mary's Vincent Marquez (3-0).

Josh was beaten by Bear Creek's J.T. Goodwin (pin, 0:20) and Summerville's Austin Domser (pin, 2:51).

"I'm happy with a lot of things he did," Posadas said. "He wrestled a lot more aggressively. He did really well. He won the matches he should have won. The two kids he lost to placed."

Jaime Tadeo won three of five matches in the 145-pound division.

He beat Archbishop Riordan's Andrew O'Conner (decision, 7-1), Livermore's Alex Baxter (pin, 2:02) and St. Mary's Brandon McCarthy (major decision, 14-2).

Tadeo lost to Del Campo's Daniel Clarck (pin, 3:34) and East Union's Parsa Davari (major decision, 15-3).

"He almost made it to the second day," Posadas said. "His technique is coming along."

Jamie Lomeli compiled a 2-2 record at 140 pounds.

He beat Buhach Colony's Josh Danel (decision, 7-3) and Beyer's Ryan Burnham (decision, 4-2).

Lomeli lost to Jesuit's Justin Haynes (decision, 9-2) and Livermore's Terin O'Callaghan (decision, 6-5).

"All of his matches were pretty close," Posadas said. "He should have made it to the second day. He just made a couple of mistakes."

Alex Alvarez won one of three matches at 119 pounds.

He beat Ceres High's Mark Piceno (pin, 2:38).

Alvarez lost to Hilmar's Carlos Diaz (major decision, 17-5) and Reno's Nick Lighthouse (12-8).

At 160 pounds, Evan Elliot took first in the hard-luck tournament after being eliminated during the opening day of competition. He won three of five matches.

Anthony Centeno lost twice at 135 pounds.

He was beaten by St. Mary's Francisco Gallardo (technical fall, 18-1) and Enoch's Frank Salazar (13-5).

Johnny Proctor (189) and George Youkhana (130) also failed to win a match.

Proctor lost to Grace Davis' Nathan Lugo (pin, 3:03) and Chavez's Angel Sundberg (pin, 2:04).

Youkhana lost to East Union's Jason Cortez (pin, 1:09) and Enochs' James Lucio (pin, 2:36).

Central Valley finished 62nd in the team standings.

Conference action

Hurt by an incomplete lineup, Central Valley High School's varsity wrestling team had to forfeit multiple individual matches during Wednesday's Valley Oak League double-dual meet.

Host Sierra and Lathrop emerged with victories.

"We won most of the matches we wrestled," Posadas said. "We just gave up quite a few points on forfeits."

Elliot, Beckhart and Lomeli and Tony Cordova collected wins in Central Valley's 48-27 loss to Lathrop.

Cordova won by pin (5:30) over Cristian Pena in the 140-pound division.

Lomeli won by decision (10-9) over Chris Guzman at 145 pounds.

Elliot won by pin (3:44) over Carlos Fernandez at 160 pounds.

Beckhart won by pin (3:45) over Ray Lucero at 215 pounds.

Elliot, Lomeli, Cordova and Alvarez were victorious during the Hawks' 51-22 setback to the Timberwolves.

Alex won by pin (3:26) over Ulysses Knapps at 125 pounds.

Tony won by pin (5:02) over James Greer.

Evan won by pin (4:40) over Nico Valencia.

Jamie won by decision (13-7) over Justin Palacio.

"The kids that have been out there are wrestling hard and doing a good job," Posadas said. "It's not reflective in the team score."

Central Valley (0-4) will face Sonora and East Union today on the road.