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CV, CHS grapplers move on
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Central Valley's and Ceres High's girls wrestling team had a combined eight grapplers compete at the Sac-Joaquin Section Southern Regional Qualifier this past week at Enochs High School.

Ceres High's Talia Mauricio and Central Valley's Claudia Martinez, Nayeli Pelayo, Cassandra Justice, Brianna Quiroz and Darian Robinson extended their seasons by finishing in the top-eight in their respective weight classes.

Maurico, Martinez, Pelayo, Justice, Quiroz and Robinson will compete at the Section Championships, to be staged later this month at McNair High School.

"They've been to big tournaments," Hawks head coach Rob Beckhart said. "They know how to work their way through a bracket."

A newcomer to wrestling, Mauricio placed seventh overall in the 152-pound division.

The junior compiled a 2-2 record.

She collected wins by injury default and forfeit.

Mauricio lost twice by pin.

"I'm not surprised," Bulldogs head coach Steve Festa said. "She's mentally tough. She's been battling a wrist injury. We don't make excuses."

Martinez took third at 108 pounds.

Pelayo placed fifth at 191 pounds.

Justice (152s), Quiroz (139s) and Robinson (145s) all finished sixth in their respective weight classes.

Central Valley placed ninth as a team.

"I'm happy for them," Beckhart said. "I expected them to make it through. Our girls are tough. They work just as hard as the boys."