Ceres High’s varsity boys wrestling program placed third during the Western Athletic Conference dual-meet season.
The Bulldogs finished second at the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday at Beyer High School in Modesto.
Eleven of Ceres High’s 12 wrestlers earned individual berths to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament.
“We’re peaking at the right time. I expected those results. We have a lot of history in our program.”Coach Steve Festa
“We’re peaking at the right time,” head coach Steve Festa said. “I expected those results. We have a lot of history in our program.”
Senior Argel Arroyo posted a perfect 2-0 record on his way to claiming the 220-pound WAC title.
“He got what he deserved,” Festa said. “He has a great work ethic. He’s athletically gifted. He’s explosive and strong.”
Arroyo is a second-year wrestler.
“In just a short time, he’s proven to be one of the best wrestlers to ever come out of Ceres,” Festa said. “He’s a great wrestler, leader and person.”
Elias Saldana (285 pounds, 2-1 record), Angel Figueroa (160s, 2-1), Edison Jimenez (132s, 2-1) and Sonald Lal (106s, 1-1) all took second in their respective weight brackets.
Fernando Gonzalez (145s, 2-1) finished third.
Josh Ofisa (195s, 3-2), Allen Thy (170s, 3-2), Joshua Dominguez (152s, 2-2), Diego Armas (138s, 3-2) and Marcus Martinez (126s, 2-2) placed fourth.
Fabian Amparo (120s, 1-2) was sixth.
“It was a fun tournament,” Festa said. “We competed hard. That’s all you can ask for as a coach. I’m proud of all of them and I let them know it.”
The Division-IV tournament will be held Feb. 8-9 at Casa Roble High School.
The top four placers in each weight class qualify for Masters. “We always want more,” Festa said. “We’re going to keep pushing.”