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CHS, CV grapplers compete at Masters
• Garcia ends prep career with 2-2 showing at Sac-Joaquin Section Masters
Adan Garcia Ceres wrestler
A late addition to Central Valley’s boys wrestling team, senior Adan Garcia still managed to secure a berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships.

Central Valley’s Adan Garcia and Ceres High’s Arturo Estrada wrapped up their prep wrestling careers at the Sac-Joaquin Section Boys Masters Championships on Friday at Stockton Arena.

Hawk junior Samuel Deleon gained valuable experience.

Garcia, a senior, compiled a 2-2 record en route to a top-16 finish in the 138-pound weight bracket.

He beat Union Mine’s Brock Buak (decision 7-5) and Bella Vista’s Frank Olivera (decision, 8-1).

Garcia lost to Folsom’s Ryland Smith (pin, 5:26) and Golden Valley’s Ian Thor (decision, 8-5).

“He’s got nothing to be upset about,” Hawks’ head coach Rob Beckhart said. “That’s the best he’s wrestled this year. He should be proud of what he accomplished. He only wrestled half a season.”

“I didn’t get what I was hoping for,” Garcia stated. “My bracket was pretty stacked. I wrestled three ranked wrestlers. I battled hard. If I had a full season, I most definitely believe I would have gone to state. I was two matches away this year with half a season.”

A late addition to the team, Garcia earned his second straight trip to Masters.

He placed eighth at the Divison-III Championships.

Garcia finished third at the Central California Conference Tournament.

“I wish Adan had a full year to compete,” Beckhart said. “It would have been a huge payoff.”

“I did pretty well with all the adversity I faced this year,” said Garcia, who transferred from Argus High School to Central Valley in January. “The biggest issue I had was I moved up two weight classes from last year.”

“He’s had a lot of personal milestones that’s made him who he is,” Beckhart said. “He’s developed maturity-wise. He’s respectful. He tried hard. I’ve seen him grow a lot as a person.”

Deleon posted an 0-2 record at 285 pounds.

He lost to Pleasant Grove’s Peyton Reiser (pin, 1:24) and Downey’s Ian Sharples (decision, 3-1).

“I think Samuel did a good job,” Beckhart said. “If he works hard and believes in himself, he’ll have a shot at getting to state next year.”

Deleon had a memorable first season competing at the varsity level.

He claimed the 285-pound title at the CCC Championships.

He took eighth at the Division-III Tournament.

Deleon, who weighs just 245 pounds, missed half the year due to family commitments.

“At the start of the season, we had five heavyweights,” Beckhart said. “He ended up being our guy. I don’t think he realizes his potential yet. He’s a big, strong, athletic kid. He reminds me of David Lezama.”

Estrada, a senior, dropped both of his matches at 132 pounds.

He lost by technical fall (19-4) to Central Catholic’s Gurjaan Bhangu in the opening round.

Estrada was eliminated from the state-qualifying tournament by Pitman’s Xadian Padilla.

Padilla prevailed by decision (7-0).

“Artie had good training partners all week,” Ceres High head coach Casey Paulino said. “We set him up the best we possibly could. It didn’t play out the way we wanted to. Artie’s never been to Masters before. It was a little overwhelming for him. He told me he was nervous. Unfortunately, when it all started connecting, it happened towards the end of his second match.”

A fourth-year grappler, Estrada enjoyed his best season to date with the Bulldogs this winter.

He earned his first berth to Masters, finished second at the Division-IV Championships and placed first at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

“He had a great career,” Paulino said. “His growth from last year to this year was immense. He hit the gym really hard. He put on 10 pounds of muscle. He was eating right. His movement was incredible. It was all starting to click. He was on track to going to state. It would have felt good to see him get there. He’s put so much work in.”