Ceres High's varsity boys wrestling program hosted a four-team dual this past week.
"The closer we got to the competition, the harder we worked at practice," senior grappler Ethan Letras said.
The Bulldogs tangled with Grace Davis and Turlock on Dec. 12 inside Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.
Ceres High secured a split as it beat Grace Davis and lost to state-ranked Turlock.
"Coach (Steve Festa) wanted to get everybody more mat time," Letras said. "We did the best we could. Watching everyone else wrestle got me excited. We had a lot of young guys show a lot of promise. I'm proud of all the wrestlers."
Ceres High dealt Grace Davis a 51-25 loss.
The Bulldogs won nine of the dual's 14 individual matches.
Ethan Letras won by pin (0:42) at 170 pounds.
Daniel McElwain won by pin (1:38) at 220 pounds.
Shanald Lal won by pin (1:50) at 120 pounds.
Jaden Cooper won by pin (4:46) at 152 pounds.
Andrew Gibson won by decision (8-6) at 182 pounds.
Sonald Lal won by forfeit at 113 pounds
Ricky Gonzales won by forfeit at 126 pounds.
Edison Jimenez won by forfeit at 145 pounds.
Spencer Nelson won by forfeit at 195 pounds.
Ceres High lost 59-21 to Turlock. "We just ran into stiff competition," said Letras, who won by pin (1:33) at 170 pounds. "Turlock always has a good team. They have four guys that are ranked in the state."
Nelson won by pin (1:16) at 195 pounds.
Cooper won by pin (1:48) at 152 pounds.
McElwain won by decision (2-1) in double overtime at 220 pounds.