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CV girls claim second straight CCC dual title
•Central Valley boys wrestling ties for fourth in conference standings
Brianna Espinoza 2023
Brianna Espinoza helped Central Valley’s girls wrestling program continue its run of success against CCC competition this winter. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley’s girls wrestling program claimed its second straight Central California Conference dual-meet championship this past week.

The Hawks secured a first-place finish in the CCC standings with a 63-18 win over Buhach Colony Thursday evening in Atwater.

Central Valley amassed a perfect 6-0 record against league competition for the second year in a row.

“The girls deserve all the credit,” Hawks’ leader Brandy Cordova said. “They’ve worked hard and bought into the program myself and the assistant coaches have put into place. It truly does take a full squad. As coaches, we can only provide the tools that they need to accomplish their goals.”

Central Valley won five of eight individual matches versus Buhach Colony.

Micaela Martinez prevailed by pin (1:07) against Aileen Ramirez during their 131-pound bout.

Keilany Torres prevailed by pin (1:15) against Sophia Romero at 106 pounds.

Jayden Corona prevailed by pin (1:32) against Tasia Craft at 111 pounds.

Brianna Espinoza prevailed by pin (2:58) against Joanna Lopez at 235 pounds.

Soriah Corona prevailed by decision (9-3) against Adeline Orozco at 101 pounds.

Vanesa Mendoza Balbuena prevailed by forfeit at 189 pounds.

Evelyn Zombrero prevailed by forfeit at 150 pounds.

Giana Breshears prevailed by forfeit at 143 pounds.

Taylor McGuire prevailed by forfeit at 137 pounds.

Lucero Maciel prevailed by forfeit at 126 pounds.

Tarnjot Kaur prevailed by forfeit at 121 pounds.

Samantha Padilla lost by pin (4:23) to Ruela Estrada at 116 pounds.

Alicia Espinoza lost by pin (1:51) to Najeh Russo at 170 pounds.

“We definitely had some tough matches,” Cordova said. “The girls, up and down the lineup, did their job.”


Thunder 65, Hawks 12

Central Valley’s youth-laden boys wrestling program closed out the Central California Conference dual-meet season with a 65-12 loss at Buhach Colony on Thursday.

The Hawks tied for fourth place in the Central California Conference standings.

Central Valley posted a 2-4 record.

The Hawks collected wins against El Capitan and Atwater.

“I’m proud of them,” head coach Rob Beckhart said.

Central Valley won just two of 14 individual matches versus Buhach Colony.

“We got beat up,” Beckhart said. “Buhach has a good team. They have a lot of experience. We’re going to get there. But it’s going to take some time. I’m definitely not disappointed with our performance. Everybody wrestled hard. We had some kids out with injuries.”

Samuel Deleon and David Alvarado accounted for the Hawks’ two victories.

Deleon won by forfeit at 285 pounds.

Alvarado won by forfeit at 182 pounds.

Central Valley’s Adan Garcia lost by decision (5-4) to Buhach Colony’s Daniel Garcia at 138 pounds.

Albert Gonzales lost by major decision (11-3) to Isaac Lopez at 145 pounds.

Manjot Gill lost by major decision (14-0) to Jacob Hathaway at 126 pounds.

Caleb Beckhart lost by pin (5:49) to Ramiro Ceja at 120 pounds.

Makhai Smith lost by pin (5:46) to Abel Murillo at 220 pounds.

Kenneth Orrin lost by pin (5:36) to Hiro Vang at 170 pounds.

Angel Melgoza lost by pin (5:08) to Rosalio Leal at 152 pounds.

David Contreras lost by pin (4:23) to Andrew Sequera at 113 pounds.

Julian Gonzalez lost by pin (0:49) to Tech Ross at 160 pounds.

Jose Avila lost by pin (0:35) to Julius Zaragosa at 106 pounds.

Anthony Diaz lost by pin (0:29) to Brady Hill at 195 pounds.

The Hawks lost by forfeit at 132 pounds.

“We got a good group of kids,” coach Beckhart said. “They’re excited to learn more. You’ll see a completely different outcome in a couple years if we keep them together.”

Morning Star results

Central Valley’s shorthanded girls wrestling team finished in third place at the Morning Star Invitational on Jan. 21 in Los Banos.

The Hawks totaled 106 points at the 11-team event.

Livingston (159) and Los Banos (156.5) took first and second, respectively.

Central Valley didn’t have wrestlers compete at 101, 121 and 150 pounds.

“We could have finished higher,” head coach Brandy Cordova said. “We were missing three key wrestlers.”

The Hawks claimed 10 individual medals.

The top four grapplers in each weight class were rewarded.

Brianna Espinoza claimed the 235-pound title.

She compiled a 2-0 record.

Giana Breshears placed second with a 3-1 record at 143 pounds.

Jayden Corona placed third with a 4-1 record at 106 pounds.

Alicia Espinoza placed third with a 3-1 record at 170 pounds.

Samantha Padilla placed third with a 2-1 record at 111 pounds.

Tarnjot Kaur placed fourth with a 2-2 record at 116 pounds.

Soriah Corona placed fourth with a 2-2 record at 106 pounds.

Taylor McGuire placed fourth with a 1-2 record at 137 pounds.

Keilany Torres placed fourth with a 1-2 record at 111 pounds.

Samantha Ortiz placed fourth with an 0-2 record at 235 pounds.

Tournaments are for practice,” Cordova said. “We’re getting them ready for the league championships and Regionals. And hopefully, for some of these girls, Masters and state.”

Angel Melgoza
Angel Melgoza and Central Valley’s wrestling program will compete at the CCC Championships this Friday. - photo by Dale Butler