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Hawks advance in wrestling
Central Valley High School had four varsity wrestlers advance to the second day of the 13th annual Western Invitational, held Dec. 21-22 at Modesto Junior College.

They were Mike Tubera, Justin Lomeli, Victor Tubera and Carlos Gonzalez.

"It was a really tough tournament," Hawks coach Joe Stewart said. "It was glimpse of the level of competition that is going to be at masters (final tournament before state meet)."

Senior Mike Tubera posted a 2-1 record at 125 pounds.

He pulled out of the tourney with a shoulder injury after losing by decision in the quarterfinals.

Mike won his first two matches by decision on Dec. 21.

"It was his first three matches of the season," Stewart said. "He looked really rusty."

Tubera's 2007-08 debut was delayed due to a knee injury.

"A healthy Mike would have been fun to watch," Stewart said. "It sucks not too see him perform to his ability. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping he gets better."

Tubera had an MRI on his knee last week to check for a possible meniscus tear.

Lomeli compiled a 2-2 record at 112 pounds. The senior earned two victories by decision.

"The one bright spot at the tournament was Justin," Stewart said. "He wrestled hard. He was in every match."

Victor Tubera failed to make weight after compiling a 2-1 record during the first day. The junior won by pin and decision.

"He was disappointed he didn't get to wrestle the second day," Stewart said. "He needed to lose six pounds. He worked out that night (Dec. 21) and in the morning. He was 0.2 pounds overweight. There's a few things we'll do differently next time."

Gonzalez registered a pair of victories by decision en route to compiling a 2-1 record at 160 pounds during the first day. The senior was nowhere to be found on Dec. 22.

"He was a no-show," Stewart said. "I called him and didn't hear back from him."

Asked if Gonzalez was still a member of the team, Joe said: "We'll address that when I talk with him."

Central Valley's four first-year grapplers all went 0-2, including freshmen Adrian Santana (119 pounds), Jaime Lomeli (130) and Ricky Colmenero (152), and sophomore Joshua Beckhart (189).

"They understood it was okay to lose as long as they were learning," Stewart said.

Junior Avimael Garcia posted a 1-2 record at 215 pounds. His lone victory came via pin. He lost by pin and decision.

"He wrestled really, really well," Stewart said. "He almost made it to the second day."

Senior Anthony Martinez finished a disappointing 0-2 at 171 pounds. He lost twice by major decision.

"He did better last year," Stewart said. "I expected more from him."

Heavyweight Stephen Wade went 0-2. He lost by pin and decision.

"He's getting better," Stewart said.