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Bulldogs finish 7th in home wrestling tournament
Bulldog 180-pound grappler Tyree Williams compiled a 1-2 record at the Ceres Invitational. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity wrestling program had 10 medalists at is home tournament last week.

Nicholas Santibanez, Abel Morales, Felix Feliciano, Rudy Gonzales, John Alba, Benzell Williams, Michael Vargas, Luis Camarillo, Cameron Thatcher and Diego Diaz helped lead the Bulldogs to a seventh-place finish at the 48th Ceres Invitational.

Beyer (165) captured the team title.

Buhach Colony (155) and Modesto High (1541/2) took second and third, respectively.

"I'm proud of how the team performed," Ceres High head coach Steve Festa said. "We were competitive. We held our own and more."

Santibanez (132s, 2-1), Morales (220s, 2-1) and Feliciano (285s, 2-1) advanced to the finals in the respective weight classes.

Gonzales (220s, 3-2) finished fourth.

Alba (145s, 2-2) finished fifth.

Williams (106s, 1-3), Vargas (113s, 0-3), Camarillo (120s, 1-3), Thatcher (152s, 1-3) and Diaz (170s, 1-3) all placed sixth.

The Bulldogs dropped from third to seventh in the team standings after Tyree Williams (182s, 1-2) broke his wrist during his third match. Williams lost by injury default and will be sidelined five to six weeks. Tyree missed the entire 2013 varsity football season with a broken collarbone.

"That was the only disappointing thing that happened at the tournament," Festa said. "It's a setback. He'll work hard to try to get back as soon as possible."