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CHS wrestlers second best
Bulldogs ride talent, depth to runner-up showing at home tournament
Ceres High freshman Tyler Fleming compiled a 2-1 record en route to a second-place finish in the 106-pound bracket at the 49th Annual Ceres Invitational this past weekend. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Fueled by its talent and depth, Ceres High School's varsity wrestling program racked up 118 points while finishing in second place at the 49th Annual Ceres Invitational on Saturday.

"We had no individual champions," Bulldogs head coach Steve Festa said. "We had the most placers. Everyone contributed. I'm really proud of every single one of our wrestlers' efforts."

Buhach Colony (199) won the team title at Ceres High's 22-team home tourney.

Sierra (109) and Foothill (109) tied for third.

Crosstown-rival Central Valley (99) took fifth.

"It's impressive," Festa said while assessing his team's overall performance. "The guys were focused."

Bulldog teammates Tyler Fleming, Abel Morales, Rudy Gonzales, Aaron Page, Luis Camarillo, John Alba and Daniel Raya all finished in the top six in their respective weight divisions.

Fleming, a freshman, led the way with a second-place finish at 106 pounds.

Tyler compiled a 2-1 record. He won by pin twice.

Fleming earned a varsity position in the lineup leading up to the tournament.

"I think he surprised himself with what he accomplished," Festa said. "It was a great experience for him."

Morales (195s, 3-1) and Gonzales (220s, 3-1) both finished in third place.

Abel collected two wins by pin and one by decision.

"I know he's disappointed," Festa said. "He wanted to be a champion. He'll bounce back."

Rudy also won by pin twice and decision once.
"I like the way he's wrestling," Festa said. "He's hungry."

Aaron Page, formerly of Central Valley, took fourth (2-2) at 126 pounds.

He posted a 2-2 record, winning once by both pin and major decision.

Camarillo (120s, 3-1) and Alba (160s, 4-1) were fifth in their respective weight classes.

Luis won twice by pin and once by major decision.

"He was a major contributor," Festa said.

Alba won twice by pin and decision.

Raya (152s, 3-2) placed sixth.

He won twice by pin and once by decision.

Ethan Letras (145s, 1-2), Michael Vargas (113s, 1-2), Jonathan Rodrigues (182s, 0-2), Derion Cisneros (170s 0-2), Roman Acosta (132s, 0-2) and Brandon Ramirez (138s, 0-2) also represented the Bulldogs.

"I'm impressed where we are at this point in the season," Festa said. "It's early in the year. We're so young. We're just scratching the surface. We can only get better."