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CV's Tubera takes fourth in Modesto
Victor Tubera failed to make weight for the second day of the 2007 Western Invitational.

Hungry for redemption, the Central Valley High School senior wrestler made his return trip a productive one by posting a 4-2 record on his way to a fourth-place finish in the 147-pound weight classic on Saturday, Dec. 20 at Modesto Junior College.

"I'm definitely pleased with how he did," coach Joe Stewart said. He was a lot more focused. His priorities are a lot different this year."

Tubera posted victories against Livingston's Eric Contreras (pin), Oakmont's Hirvin Gonzales (technical fall), Grace Davis' Mike Crowell (decision) and Enochs' Scott Flesher (decision). Crowell, who ended up taking seventh, entered the tournament ranked fifth in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

Victor lost by pin to eventual champion Marcus Zachary of Anderson High School in the quarterfinals, and by decision to Madera South High School's Andrew Estrada for third place.

None of Central Valley's other wrestlers advanced past the first day of 14th Annual Western Invitational.

Eric Alvarez compiled a 2-2 record at 114 pounds. The junior pinned Johansen's Josh Dias and Golden Sierra's Sam Parker. He lost by pin to Summerville's Brady Day and Orland's Nathan Monck.

Younger brother Alex Alvarez won two of four matches at 121 pounds. The sophomore pinned Pioneer Valley's Mark Ocampo and Summerville's Chris Garcia. He lost by pin to Rocklin's Kyle Montano and Tracy's Josh Mandenville.

Sophomores Adrian Santana and Jaime Lomeli compiled identical 1-2 records at 127 and 137 pounds, respectively.

Timmy Henley (173), Cody Melton (132), Rudy Campasano (142), Robert Burrows (162), Avi Garcia (191) Josh Beckhart (217) and Brian Creek (Hwt.) went 0-2 in their respective weight classes.

Central Valley finished in 33rd place with 34.5 points at the 46-team event.

Madera South High School (209), Central Catholic (207) and Grace Davis (138.5) took first, second and third, respectively.

"This tournament was so tough," Stewart said. "It was a learning experience. We have a bunch of freshmen and sophomores. I was trying to make sure they were having fun."