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Hawks finish second, qualify for section competition
Central Valley's and Patterson's varsity wrestling programs battled for second place and a trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV team competition during the final day of the Western Athletic Conference dual meet season last Wednesday.

The visiting Hawks swept six of the final eight individual matches and emerged with an emotional 45-27 victory.

"They had a lot to wrestle for," Central Valley head coach Rob Beckhart said. "We did too. Our kids stepped up and won when they needed to."

The Hawks placed last in the Valley Oak League standings (0-8) in 2009-10.

Central Valley finished 4-1 in the WAC and advanced to the section duals for the first time in program history this year.

"We snuck up on people," said Beckhart, Central Valley's new head coach. "It's not because of me. It's the kids. The team is what got us this far."

Added Central Valley 215-pound standout Josh Beckhart: "No one gave us respect because of past years. We had to take it. We set a goal and met it. It's surreal. I'v been dreaming about this since my freshman year."

Tied at 15-all, the Hawks reeled off four straight wins against the Tigers.

Michael Manzur pinned Joshua Roberts in the second round (2:40) at 103 pounds.

Jeffrey Phetsomphou defeated Jordan Canseco by technical fall (18-3) at 112 pounds.

Alex Alvarez won by decision (13-8) against Joseph Howard at 119 pounds.

Vincent Martinez won by major decision (9-0) over Joshua Campo at 125 pounds.

Berumen's second-round pin (3:57) of Manuel Cruz gave Central Valley an insurmountable lead. Nestor faced a 5-3 deficit before taking control.

"He got the reversal and pinned the kid," Beckhart said. "He almost ran out of time."

Josh Beckhart, Evan Elliott, Anthony Centeno and Jaime Tadeo also won their respective matches.

Beckhart pinned Samuel Melo in the second round (2:49).

Elliott pinned Jarred Chacon in the first round (0:11) at 171 pounds.

Centeno pinned Angel Vasquez in the third round (5:40) at 140 pounds.

Tadeo won by decision (4-1) against Ricky Howard at 160 pounds.

Josh Beckhart and his Hawk teammates couldn't contain their excitement during the bus ride home from Patterson.

"We were having the best times of our lives," he said. "We were singing. It was awesome."

Added Rob Beckhart: "They're pretty proud of themselves and have every right to be."

The Hawks have enjoyed a remarkable turnaround.