Junior Davian Lemus’ second-round pin of freshman Jose Cisneros at 126 pounds propelled Central Valley past Ceres High, 34-33, in varsity boys wrestling on Nov. 26 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.
Dual-meet tiebreaker criteria was used to determine the winner of the Crosstown Throwdown after Lemus evened the score at 33-all. The Hawks were awarded the decisive point because they held a 5-4 advantage in total pins.
“There was pressure,” said Lemus, who missed last season with a broken right collarbone sustained while playing football. “I kept my head in the game and did what I was supposed to do. I dropped my chin to his shoulder and held it until I got the pin. I won for my teammates and coaches. I wanted to make them proud.”
Lemus accounted for one of Central Valley’s six individual victories versus Ceres High.
Thomas Carrillo won by first-round pin over Josh Ofisa at 220 pounds.
Ruben Valenzuela won by first-round pin over Angel Figueroa at 182 pounds.
Roman Ramirez won by decision (12-7) over Josh Dominguez at 170 pounds.
Juan Lezama won by forfeit at 195 pounds.
Nicholas Genasci won by forfeit at 113 pounds.
Elias Saldana, Edison Jimenez, Fernando Gonzalez, Diego Armas, Brian Ayala and Miguel Espinoza all collected individual wins for the Bulldogs.
Saldana won by first-round pin against Julian Padilla at 285 pounds.
Edison Jimenez won by first-round pin against Alan Chavez at 160 pounds.
Gonzalez won by first-round pin against Enrique Gonzales at 152 pounds.
Armas won by first-round pin against Elijah DeLeon at 138 pounds.
Ayala won by decision (10-3) against Eric Rivera at 145 pounds.
Espinoza won by forfeit at 120 pounds.
Ceres High was missing two key wrestlers from its starting lineup, including Sonald Lal (120s) and Xander Hernandez (138s).
“I’m not going to make excuses,” Bulldogs’ head coach Casey Paulino said. “The team fell short. There’s always the next day for redemption.”
“It’s disappointing because we came so close to winning,” Saldana added. “That’s what bothers us the most.”