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CHS wrestling earns split
• CV girls finish 2nd in Los Banos
Central Valley’s varsity girls wrestling team placed second at the Morning Star Invitational on Jan. 19 in Los Banos.

Ceres High’s varsity boys wrestling team had its Western Athletic Conference dual-season title hopes dashed by Grace Davis last week.

The Bulldogs needed to beat the Spartans handedly to force a three-way tie atop the WAC standings with Grace Davis and Beyer.

The Spartans won the conference title outright with a 51-30 win over the Bulldogs on Jan. 22 in Modesto.

Ceres High (5-2) finished third in league behind Grace Davis (7-0) and Beyer (6-1).

Elias Saldana won by first-round pin over Jordan Bejsovec at 285 pounds.

Allen Thy won by first-round pin over Adrian Martinez at 184 pounds.

Argel Arroyo won by second-round pin over Carson Struve at 222 pounds.

Josh Ofisa won by second-round pin over Brayan DeLaCruz at 197 pounds.

Fabian Amparo won by forfeit at 122 pounds.

Ceres High’s varsity girls wrestling team earned a forfeit victory against Grace Davis last week.

The Bulldogs (3-4) and Spartans (0-7) placed third and last, respectively, in the WAC dual standings.

Runner-up finish

Central Valley’s varsity girls wrestling program finished second in a field of 11 at the Morning Star Invitational on Jan. 19 at Los Banos High School.

The Hawks totaled 123 points.

Host Los Banos (125) edged out Central Valley for the team title.

Ripon (90) finished third.

Central Valley sat in first place in the team standings heading into the finals.

“All of the girls impressed me,” coach Rob Beckhart said. 

The Hawks had 12 of 14 grapplers medal in Los Banos.

Angelina Sanchez posted a perfect 2-0 record while taking first at 235 pounds.

“I’m proud of her for being able to do what she did,” Beckhart said. “It was not expected because of the weight she’s giving up.”

Carla Martinez (131 pounds, 2-1 record), Esther Esceverri (143s, 2-1), Brianna Quiroz (160s, 1-1) and Samantha Espinoza (170s, 1-1) all placed second.

Aryanna Jimenez (116s, 3-1), Vanesa Conteras (101s, 2-1), Kelsy Naranjo (106s, 0-1) and Natalie Torres (170s, 0-1) finished third in their respective brackets.

Kim Garcia (116s, 2-2), Isabella Pelayo (131s, 2-2) and Nia Caraway (137s, 2-2) took fourth.

CV boys take fourth

Central Valley’s varsity boys wrestling program finished fourth overall at the Placer Duals on Jan. 19 in Auburn.

The Hawks compiled a 3-2 record at the 10-team event.

Central Valley collected wins against Paradise, Damonte Ranch of Nevada and Woodland.

The Hawks lost to Yuba City and Lincoln of Stockton.

“Everybody had a different style of wrestling,” Hawks’ head coach Rob Beckhart said. “It was good for the kids to see that.”

Central Valley posted a 51-24 victory over Paradise.

The Hawks won nine of the 13 individual matches.

Kyle Hendrix defeated Moses Medina (pin, 0:42) at 138 pounds.

Michael Miller defeated Wade Patten (pin, 1:12) at 145 pounds.

Juan Lezama defeated Hunter Timm (pin, 1:19) at 170 pounds.

Thomas Carrillo defeated Elijah Gould (pin, 1:19) at 195 pounds.

Natanael Lezama defeated Jose Velasquez (pin, 1:20) at 220 pounds.

Ryan Palecek defeated Sergio Padilla (pin, 2:25) at 182 pounds.

David Martinez defeated Kai Banfield (decision, 6-5) at 152 pounds.

Central Valley rolled to a 60-17 win against Damonte Ranch.

The Hawks won 10 of 13 matches.

Martinez defeated Brett Smith (pin, 0:21) at 152 pounds.

Miller defeated Kelson Long (pin, 0:35) at 145 pounds.

Hendrix defeated Jeremy Low (pin, 0:42) at 138 pounds.

Juan Lezama defeated Benjamin Garlock (pin, 1:11) at 170 pounds.

Palecek defeated Chris Perez (pin, 1:30) at 182 pounds.

Galeana defeated Chris Gonzalez (pin, 1:40) at 285 pounds.

Juan Melgoza defeated Jason Lopez (pin, 2:16) at 120 pounds.

Central Valley nearly shut out Woodland as it prevailed by a score of 69-5.

The Hawks won 12 of 13 matches.

Palecek defeated Benjamin Goodwin (pin, 0:07) at 182 pounds.

Hendrix defeated Anthony Yepez (pin, 0:18) at 126 pounds.

Moises Galeana defeated Christian McLaughlin (pin, 2:25) at 285 pounds.

Ruben Sanchez defeated Christian Twilley (decision, 14-8) at 160 pounds.

Central Valley lost 59-24 to Lincoln of Stockton in the semifinals.

The Hawks won just 4 of 14 matches.

Miller defeated Jackson King (pin) at 145 pounds.

Galeana defeated Seth Wionowsky (pin, 1:52) at 285 pounds.

Palecek defeated Julian Gonzalez (pin, 1:53) at 182 pounds.

Hendrix was given a forfeit win at 138 pounds.

Yuba City edged Central Valley 45-36 for third place.

The Hawks won six of 14 matches.

Martinez defeated Juan Pablo Ruelas (pin, 0:31) at 152 pounds.

Miller defeated Anthony Sparks (pin, 1:25) at 145 pounds.

Galeana defeated Gilberto Vela (pin, 1:28) at 285 pounds.

Palecek defeated Nathaniel George (pin, 1:30) at 182 pounds.

Juan Lezama defeated Duane Balfour (pin, 2:58) at 170 pounds.

Hendrix defeated Jonathan McGuire (pin, 3:34) at 138 pounds.

Palecek posted a 5-0 record at the Placer Duals.

He won the award for fastest pin against Woodland. The match lasted just seven seconds.