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Hawks' wrestling a work in progress
Bobby Posadas shared wrestling coaching duties with Joe Stewart at Central Valley High School last year.

Posadas will direct the Hawks by himself this year.

"I'll continue to make sure we work just as hard as everybody else," he said.

Central Valley's top returners are Josh Beckhart (215/189, Jr.), Evan Elliot (160/152, Jr.), Jamie Lomeli (145/140, Jr.), Gilbert Soares (135, Jr.) and Alex Alvarez (119/112, Jr.).

Rose Moore (112/103, So.), Anthony Centeno (135/130, So.), Cody Chesney (135/130, So.), Jaime Tadeo (145/140, Jr.) and Carl Stevens (160/152, Jr.) will also contribute.

Centeno and Tadeo are newcomers.

"We'll spend a lot of time on technique because we're a really young team," Posadas said. "It's a challenge but it's also fun watching these kids get better and learn about the sport."

Beckhart and Soares both advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV meet a season ago after taking fourth at the Valley Oak League championships. Josh and Gilbert competed at 189 and 135 pounds, respectively.

Beckhart and Elliot are team leaders. They direct warm-ups at practice and during matches.

"They're two of the more responsible kids on our team I can trust," Posadas said. "The kids look up to them."

Central Valley will compete against Ceres High, Oakdale, Sonora, Sierra, East Union, Manteca, Lathrop and Weston Ranch during the Valley Oak League portion of its schedule. The Hawks will forfeit matches in four different weight classes (103, 125, 189, 285).

"I don't see us being real competitive as far as duals because we have a lot of holes to fill," Posadas said. "We should have some individuals that do well."

Central Valley will field a much-improved team next year according to Posadas.

"We'll have a lot of kids with experience," he said. "It's something to look forward to. They should do well if they stay involved in wrestling during the offseason."

Posadas wants to establish a winning culture.

"I don't know how far off that is," he said. "We got a lot of learning to do."