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CV boys take third at WAC wrestling finals
Hawks qualify entire lineup for Divisionals
Central Valleys Kyle Hendrix (pictured right) and Edgar Castillo placed third and fourth, respectively, at the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday in Ceres. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Central Valley's varsity boys wrestling team turned in a respectable performance while hosting the Western Athletic Conference Tournament this past weekend.

The youth-laden Hawks posted a team score of 224 en route to a third-place showing at the 2018 WAC Tournament.

Crosstown-rival Ceres High (257.50) won the team title.

Patterson (241.50) took second.

Central Valley topped Livingston (168), Pacheco (159.50) and Los Banos (81.50).

"Ultimately, we just wanted to be competitive," head coach Rob Beckhart said. "We've qualified all 14 of our kids to compete next weekend at Divisionals. That's the first time that's happened. I'm proud of them. It's been a long season. They've worked hard."

Ryan Palecek finished second at 170 pounds.

Palecek bested two of his three opponents.

He collected victories against Patterson's Anthony Polk (major decision) and Los Banos (forfeit).

Ryan lost to Ceres High's Andrew Gibson (pin) in the finals.

Jesse Vazquez (106 pounds, 3-1 record), Antonio Castillo (113s, 3-1), Anthony Voss (120s, 3-1), Michael Duran (126s, 2-1), Kyle Hendrix (132s, 2-1), James Murphy (152s, 3-1), David Martinez (160s, 3-1), Thomas Carrillo (182s, 2-1), Natanael Lezama (195s, 2-1) and Moises Galeana (215s, 2-1) all finished third.

Vazquez won three times by forfeit.

He lost by decision to Ceres High's Sonald Lal.

Castillo collected victories against Pacheco's Ayden Razo (injury default), Los Banos (forfeit) and Livingston (forfeit).

He lost to Ceres High's Shanald Lal (pin).

Voss collected victories against Ceres High's Rafael Ortiz (pin), Pacheco's Julian Andrade (pin) and Los Banos (forfeit).

He lost to Livingston's Armando Duran (pin).

Duran collected victories against Ceres High's Ricky Gonzales (major decision) and Los Banos (forfeit).

He lost to Patterson's Chase Mirelez (technical fall).

Hendrix collected victories against Los Banos' Sebastian Vergara (decision) and Ceres High's Edison Jimenez (major decision).

He lost to Patterson's Noah Mirelez (pin).

Murphy collected victories against Livingston's Adrian Perez (decision), Ceres High's Fernando Gonzalez (injury default) and Patterson's Bryan Lopez (pin).

He lost to Los Banos' Saul Madriz (major decision).

Martinez collected victories against Los Banos' Reed Simmons (pin), Pacheco (forfeit) and Patterson (forfeit).
He lost to Livingston's Xavier Sanchez (decision).

Carrillo collected victories against Pacheco's Albert Avila (pin) and Los Banos' Gabriel Mendoza (decision).
He lost to Avila (pin).

Lezama collected victories against Pacheco's Josiah Olson (pin) and Patterson (forfeit).

He lost to Ceres High's Austin Hanshew (pin).

Galeana collected victories against Pacheco's Isaiah Silva (decision) and Livingston's Eduardo Reyna (pin).

He lost to Patterson's Aaron Botkin (decision).

Roman Ramirez (145s, 2-2) and Edgar Castillo (285s, 2-2) both finished fourth.

Ramirez collected victories against Livingston's Abraham Ornales (decision) and Los Banos (forfeit).

He lost to Ceres High's Jaden Cooper (pin) and Pacheco's Jaime Garcia (decision).

Castillo collected victories against Los Banos' Santiago Arelize (pin) and Livingston (forfeit).

He lost to Ceres High's Elias Saldana (pin) and Pacheco's Cesar Jimenez (decision).
Alan Chavez (138s, 1-2) finished fifth.

Chavez collected a victory against Los Banos' Nathaneal Ruiz (pin).

He lost to Patterson's Francisco Duran (pin) and Livingston's Cristian Peralta (pin).

Palecek, Vazquez, Voss, Duran, Hendrix, Murphy, Martinez, Carrillo, Lezama, Galeana, Ramirez, Chavez, Antonio Castillo and Edgar Castillo all secured berths to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament.

The event will be held this Friday and Saturday at Foothill High School in Sacramento.

"A third of our lineup is first-year wrestlers," Beckhart said. "They don't have a lot of experience. I'm excited to see what the future holds for these kids."