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Bulldogs throttle Panthers
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Ceres High School's varsity wrestling team suffered a deflating 52-22 loss while hosting crosstown-rival Central Valley on Jan. 13 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs and Hawks remained in second and first, respectively, in the Western Athletic Conference dual-meet standings.

"I was concerned," Ceres High head coach Steve Festa said. "You never know how a team is going to react after a loss."

The Bulldogs regrouped in a hurry, crushing host Pacheco 60-19 on Jan. 14 in Los Banos.

Second-place Ceres High improved to 2-1 in the WAC.

"Tuesday was a learning lesson," Festa said. "We got off track for a minute. I expected us to bounce back. We dominated that dual. That's what we needed to do. We knew we were better than our showing from the previous night. That night is in the past. We moved forward. We can only control what's in front of us."

The Bulldogs picked up wins in 10 of the 14 weight classes against the Panthers.

"We made some adjustments to our lineup," Festa said.

Daniel Raya, one of Ceres High's team captains, missed the crosstown dual because of a death in the family.

Raya won by pin (3:17) over Pacheco's Luis Montes in the 152-pound weight class.

Brian Becerra won by pin (1:00) over Carlos Villasenor at 126 pounds.

Luis Camarillo won by pin (1:46) over Miguel Barrera at 120 pounds.

Diego Diaz won by pin (3:24) over Gabriel Casarez at 182 pounds.

Brian Quintanilla won by pin (4:48) over Anthony Quijano at 220 pounds.

Abel Morales won by pin (5:27) over Joseph Coronado at 285 pounds.

Daniel McElwain won by pin (5:40) over Javier Gonzalez at 195 pounds.

Tyler Fleming won by forfeit at 106 pounds.

Aiden Moore won by forfeit at 138 pounds.

Cody Raleigh won by forfeit at 145 pounds.

"We're going to continue to get better," Festa said.