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CV boys wrestling team keeps WAC title hopes alive
Wilbur Arellano and Central Valleys varsity boys wrestling team won its Western Athletic Conference dual-meet, 42-28, versus Patterson on Jan. 18 in Ceres.

Seniors Severo Vazquez, Christian Oliver, David Lezama, Angel Rico, Antonio Garcia and Ryan Hendrix were all recognized prior to the start of the Central Valley varsity boys wrestling team's final Western Athletic Conference home dual meet this past week.

"They have a lot to be proud of," Hawks head coach Rob Beckhart said.

"Today was the last time I wrestled under the lights at Central Valley," Vazquez stated. "I'm very thankful I was able to be a part of this team. We're all one big family. We put a lot of heart into what we do."

"It's been a good four years," Oliver added.

Central Valley remained in the hunt for its fourth consecutive WAC dual meet championship with a 42-28 win over visiting Patterson on Wednesday.

"I was confident we'd win," Oliver said. "We had a really good week of practice. Everyone was prepared."

The second-place Hawks improved to 3-1 in the conference standings.

Central Valley will battle first-place Ceres High (4-0) today at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

The Hawks will try to force a three-way tie atop the WAC with the Bulldogs and Livingston Wolves.

"We know it's an uphill climb for us to beat them," Beckhart said. "They have talent, experience and depth. We're not going to go down without a fight."

"Losing to Livingston was a setback," Oliver said. "We've been wrestling strong since then. Our coaches push us really hard. They're on us constantly with everything-grades, weight and wrestling."

Down 16-15, Central Valley reeled off five straight wins on its way to building a commanding 26-point lead versus Patterson (1-3).

Oliver won by pin (1:29) over Steven Rincon at 138 pounds.

Vazquez won by pin (1:35) over Francisco Duran at 145 pounds.

James Murphy won by decision (13-11) in overtime over Jarrod Villalon at 152 pounds.

Ryan Palecek won by pin (1:46) over Jason Cruz at 160 pounds.

Nate Curry won by pin (0:50) over Aaron Botkins at 170 pounds.

"We went out there, had fun and put on a show," Oliver said.

"We kept the momentum going," Vazquez said.

Kyle Hendrix, Wilbur Arellano and David Lezama also recorded victories for the Hawks.

Hendrix won by decision (10-3) over Mokbel Obeid at 113 pounds.

Arellano won by pin (3:35) over Kane Andrade at 126 pounds.

Lezama won by pin (0:56) over Alex Ruvalcaba at 285 pounds.

Central Valley's Anthony Voss, Antonio Castillo, Will Sprouse, Natanael Lezama, Angel Rico and Tyler Beckhart all dropped their respective matches.

Voss lost by pin (2:35) to Adrian Barrera at 106 pounds.

Castillo lost by pin (1:50) to Michael Miller at 120 pounds.

Sprouse lost by major decision (18-7) to Noah Mirelez at 132 pounds.

Lezama lost by decision (7-4) to A.J. Polk at 182 pounds.

Rico lost by pin (5:36) to David Valverde at 195 pounds.

Beckhart lost by decision (9-4) to Mike Vasquez at 220 pounds.