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CV continues pursuit of perfection
JV Bulldogs victorious
Hannah Kimbro (30) and Ceres Highs junior-varsity girls basketball team topped Livingston and El Capitan last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity wrestling team inched closer to another perfect Western Athletic Conference dual-meet season.

The Hawks improved to 5-0 in the WAC standings following their 51-19 pounding of host Patterson on Jan. 26.

"We're wrestling with a target on our back," Central Valley head coach Rob Beckhart said. "We got to continue to work hard."

The Hawks won nine of their 14 individual matches, including five by pin, one by decision and three by forfeit, versus the 1-5 Tigers.

Jason Beckhart won by pin (3:38) at 222 pounds.

Luis Saucedo won by pin (0:39) at 122 pounds.

Ryan Hendrix won by pin (3:59) at 128 pounds.

Christian Oliver won by pin (2:54) at 140 pounds.

Jose Castillo won by pin (1:59) at 147 pounds.

Sev Vazquez won by decision (5-1) at 154 pounds.

Alex Alvarado (162s), Gabriel Martinez (197s) and David Lezama (285s) all won by forfeit.

Andrew Marquez lost by pin (3:11) at 172 pounds.

Adrian Badillo lost by decision (7-4) at 184 pounds.

Trent Craig lost by decision (7-4) at 108 pounds.

Wilbur Arellano lost by major decision (9-0) at 115 pounds.

Angel Gonzales lost by decision (6-0) at 134 pounds.

Central Valley throttled host Pacheco 69-12 on Jan. 20 in Los Banos.

The Hawks won 12 of their 14 individual matches, including seven by pin, four by forfeit and one by decision, against the 0-4 Panthers.

Central Valley seized the momentum early by winning the first five matches of the night on its way to building a 30-0 lead.

Marquez won by pin (2:55) at 172 pounds.

Martinez won by forfeit at 184 pounds.

Badillo won by forfeit at 197 pounds.

Beckhart won by pin (3:13) at 222 pounds.

Lezama won by pin (3:26) at 285 pounds.

The Hawks reeled off seven straight victories after Trent Craig lost by pin (2:58) at 108 pounds.

Arellano won by forfeit at 115 pounds.

Brandon Senseney won by pin (3:30) at 122 pounds.

Saucedo won by decision (4-1) at 128 pounds.

Will Sprouse won by pin (1:58) at 134 pounds.

Oliver won by pin (0:44) at 140 pounds.

Castillo won by pin (1:01) at 147 pounds.

Sev Vazquez won by forfeit at 154 pounds.

Central Valley dropped the final match of the night as Alvarado lost by pin at 162 pounds.

The Hawks have won their last 17 WAC dual meets dating back to the 2013-14 season.

"I'm happy for the kids," Rob Beckhart said.

Central Valley needs to beat visiting El Capitan (1-3) today to secure its third consecutive unbeaten WAC dual-meet season.

"We're getting everybody's best effort," coach Beckhart said. "We just have to make sure we continue to work hard and prepare for everybody like they're the best team in league."

Ceres High's junior-varsity girls basketball team remained in third place in the Western Athletic Conference standings last week after collecting three wins.

The Bulldogs topped Livingston twice and El Capitan once.

"Everything we're doing at practice, we're finally putting into play," Ceres High head coach Aimee Gunzenhauser said. "Our team dynamic is getting better. There's no reason we should lose another game."

Ceres High moved to 12-8 on the season and 6-2 in the WAC standings following Thursday's 58-33 blowout of visiting Livingston.

Angelina Ursua scored a game-high 21 points.

Camryn Silva and Shelby Veuve tallied 11 points each.

Ceres High outlasted El Capitan, 40-38, on Jan. 26 in Merced.

Harmen Bahia totaled a game-high 13 points.

Ursua and Veuve chipped in with eight points each.

Ceres High edged host Livingston 36-30 on Jan. 25.

Silva had a game-high 18 points.

Bahia and Veuve each tallied eight points.

The Bulldogs lost 42-41 at the buzzer to the crosstown-rival Hawks the previous week.

The rematch will be held at Central Valley next Monday at 6 p.m.

"They're our biggest competition," Gunzenhauser said. "We have to play pretty close to perfect to win that game."

Ceres High's freshman boys basketball team compiled a 1-2 record in WAC play this past week.

The Bulldogs collected their first conference win on Jan. 25, beating visiting Livingston 39-30 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Gary Condit and Brock DeWitt led Ceres High in scoring with nine points apiece.

Ceres High lost 64-58 at El Capitan on Wednesday.

Condit tallied a team-high 19 points.

Elijah Hughes added 16 points.

Livingston edged visiting Ceres High 51-48 on Friday.

DeWitt, Hughes and Brock Moore tallied 13 points each for the Bulldogs (8-9, 1-7).