A.C. Lugo and Mariana Ramirez competed at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium for the final time last week.
The two seniors were recognized prior to the start of the Ceres High varsity girls wrestling team’s last home dual.
“It was a special night,” first-year head coach Curtis Hulstine said. “Hopefully, it’s something they’ll remember.”
Lugo, Ramirez and the Bulldogs closed out the regular season with a lopsided 34-6 victory over the Grace Davis Spartans on Jan. 28.
Lugo (131 pounds) and Ramirez (143s) both won by forfeit, along with Ceres High teammates Elizabeth Mercado (101s), Andrea Contreras (106s), Gabriela Soto (126s), Jazzmin Suarez (137s) and Rosely Ayala (170s).
Lugo is a second-year wrestler.
Ramirez is new to the sport.
“Like I said before, I never have to worry about A.C.,” Hulstine stated. “She always does the right thing and gives 110 percent on the mat. She’s really tough. Mariana has improved from day one to now. She works hard and learns quickly. I wish I had a couple more years with her.”
Bulldog Karen Vang bested Spartan Selena Serna by major decision, 14-4, at 150 pounds.
“I’m not happy even though I won,” she said. “I could have done better. I should have pinned her.”
A newcomer to wrestling, Vang has lost 15 pounds since the start of the season.
“I’ve done other sports,” she said. “I thought those were hard. Wrestling is the hardest, physically and mentally. It took time to get better. My mentality has become stronger. I believe in myself more.”
Ceres High’s Angie Huerta lost by pin in the second round (3:15) to Alysa Moreno at 121 pounds.
The Bulldogs ended the Western Athletic Conference dual season on a positive note.
Ceres High won three of its seven league matches this year.
The Bulldogs topped the Spartans, Beyer Patriots and Johansen Vikings.
“We’ve worked really hard,” Vang said. “We always give our best. Even when we lost, our coaches give us good input and try to build us back up.”