Central Valley’s varsity wrestling program secured a split on Senior Night this past week.
A total of 13 upperclassmen garnered special recognition before competing against Patterson, including Aryanna Jimenez, Carla Martinez, Andrea Cortes, Kim Hernandez, Nia Caraway, Kyle Hendrix, Natanael Lezama, Thomas Carrillo, Julian Padilla, Fidel Ayala, Roman Ramirez, David Lezama, Brandon Pacahuala and Eric Andrade.
“We had a lot of family and friends there supporting us,” said Jimenez, Central Valley’s 118-pound female grappler.
“It’s sad knowing something we’ve put so much work into is coming to an end,” Hawks’ 191-pound male wrestler Thomas Carrillo said.
Central Valley’s girls team wrapped up the Central California Conference dual-meet season by dominating Patterson 63-6 on Jan. 29 in Ceres.
“We still have a shot for another CCC title, but if it doesn’t happen, I’m still proud of the girls.”Aryanna Jimenez
“It was important for us to win to show we weren’t bummed about our first loss,” Jimenez said. “We still have a shot for another CCC title, but if it doesn’t happen, I’m still proud of the girls.”
Jimenez won by decision (8-1) versus Karina Chavez at 118 pounds.
“It felt good knowing I won my last home match,” she said. “But I’m never going to experience this again. That’s sad.”
Martinez won by forfeit at 162 pounds.
Cortes won by forfeit at 191 pounds.
Caraway won by pin in the first round versus Miranda Cantu at 145 pounds.
Hernandez won by pin in the first round versus Alondra Ochoa-Moreno at 152 pounds.
Samantha Espinoza, Isabella Juarez, Abigail Garcia, Isabella Pelayo, Mia Mendoza and Aeryus Lundeen also contributed to Central Valley’s team point total.
Espinoza won by forfeit at 237 pounds.
Juarez won by forfeit at 172 pounds.
Garcia won by forfeit at 139 pounds.
Pelayo won by forfeit at 133 pounds.
Mendoza won by forfeit at 128 pounds.
Lundeen won by forfeit at 123 pounds.
Central Valley’s boys team suffered a 54-27 loss.
Carrillo won by forfeit.
Hendrix won by pin versus Benjamin Hernandez at 154 pounds.
Natanael Lezama won by pin versus Aaron Botkin at 222 pounds.
Padilla lost by pin to Jalen Ruiz at 285 pounds.
Ayala lost by pin to Jaden Arredondo at 172 pounds.
Ramirez lost by pin to Anthony Barrera at 162 pounds.
Nicholas Genasci won by decision (13-11) versus Caleb Subia at 108 pounds.
Ruben Valenzuela won by forfeit at 184 pounds.
Phillip Martinez lost by pin to Noah Cruz at 147 pounds.
Elijah DeLeon lost by pin to Chase Mirelez at 140 pounds.
Enrique Gonzalez lost by pin to Mariono Maese at 134 pounds.
Davian Lemus lost by pin to Jesse Cota at 122 pounds.
Andrade, Pacahuala and David Lezama did not compete.
Central Valley’s girls team placed second in the CCC dual standings with a 5-1 record.
“I’m still impressed with how we did,” Jimenez said. “We have a new team. The young girls are still learning.”
Central Valley’s boys team (0-6) finished last.
“The CCC was tough this year,” Carrillo said. “But I feel like we bonded. Next year, I think the team will do better.”
The Hawks will compete at the CCC Championships this Friday at Patterson.