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Bulldogs suffer first WAC dual-meet loss since 2016
Jaden Cooper (red singlet) and Ceres Highs varsity boys wrestling team dropped last Wednesdays Western Athletic Conference dual, 42-21, to Patterson. Cooper won his individual match at 152 pounds. - photo by Courier file photo

Ceres High's varsity boys wrestling team suffered its first loss against Western Athletic Conference dual-meet competition since 2016 this past week.

The 2017 WAC-champion Bulldogs fell 42-21 on the road while battling the Tigers of Patterson on Wednesday.

"Patterson was the better team that night," Ceres High head coach Steve Festa said. "They have a lot of good wrestlers. They didn't give up any forfeits. We'll see them again."

The Bulldogs dropped to 1-1 in the WAC standings.

The Tigers improved to 2-0.

Ceres High beat all five of its conference-dual opponents last season.

"Our program is really strong," Festa said. "Results are going to come. We're going to get what we earn."

The Bulldogs won six of their 14 individual matches against the Tigers.

Ethan Letras won by pin at 160 pounds.

Brian Ayala, Jaden Cooper, Andrew Gibson, David Caravalho and Spencer Nelson won by decision at 138, 152, 170, 182 and 195 pounds, respectively.

Ayala beat Alex Sanchez.

Cooper beat Jerrod Villalon.

Gibson beat AJ Polk.

Caravalho beat Cameron Fredrickson.

Nelson beat David Valverde.

Sonald Lal and Argel Arroyo lost by decision at 106 and 220 pounds, respectively.

Lal was beaten by Jeremy Hernandez.

Arroyo was beaten by Aaron Botkin.

Shanald Lal, Rafael Ortiz, Ricky Gonzales, Marcus Martinez and Edison Jimenez lost by pin at 113, 120, 126, 132 and 145 pounds, respectively.
Lal was beaten by Adrian Barrera.

Ortiz was beaten by Mokbel Obeid.

Gonzales was beaten by Chase Mirelez.

Martinez was beaten by Noah Mirelez.

Jimenez was beaten by Francisco Duran.

Ceres High lost by forfeit at 285 pounds.

The Tigers snapped the Bulldogs' six-match unbeaten streak.

"We definitely could have won that match," Festa said. "The kids wrestled hard. I saw a lot of great effort. We'll keep getting better. Our goals haven't changed."