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CV wrestlers continue run of excellence
CV improves to 5-1 on the season
Central Valley 220-pound grappler Jason Beckhart earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory while battling Livingstons Rene Garcia this past week. - photo by Courier file photo

Central Valley High School's varsity wrestling program extended its Western Athletic Conference dual-meet unbeaten streak to 13 matches this past week.

The Hawks opened the WAC campaign with a 55-16 victory over host Livingston on Wednesday.

Central Valley improved to 5-1 on the year and 1-0 in the conference standings.

The Wolves dropped to 1-1 in league.

"The streak can end any day," head coach Rob Beckhart said. "The biggest thing we've had to face this year is making sure we stay focused. I definitely think we have a target on our back."

The reigning WAC-champion Hawks posted perfect 6-0 records the past two seasons.

"We've done a good job of finding kids who are willing to work hard," Beckhart said. "They don't quit. We also have a great strength and conditioning coach in Jesse Vazquez. He's been with us since our streak began. Our kids don't get tired as easy. They're able to push the tempo of matches."

Central Valley won 10 of the dual's 14 individual matches while crushing Livingston.

The Hawks seized the momentum by reeling off six straight victories.

Christian Oliver won by pin (5:16) versus Andres Garcia at 138 pounds.

Severo Vazquez won by pin (3:35) versus Giovanni Gutierrez at 145 pounds.

Jose Castillo won by major decision (12-4) versus Richardo Alvarez at 152 pounds.

Alex Alvarado won by pin (1:05) versus Juan Ornales at 160 pounds.

Andrew Marquez won by pin (1:09) versus Vitor Vierra at 170 pounds.

Gabriel Martinez won by pin (1:27) versus Felix Lorenzo at 182 pounds.

Adrian Badillo won by pin (1:24) versus David Lorenzo at 195 pounds.

Jason Beckhart won by decision (4-3) versus Rene Garcia at 220 pounds.

David Lezama won by pin (5:14) versus Macario Vazquez at 285 pounds.

Luis Saucedo won by pin (3:35) versus John Maldanado at 120 pounds.

Trent Craig lost by major decision (10-2) to Jose Castro at 106 pounds.

Wilbur Arellano lost by pin (2:21) to Raj Chahal at 113 pounds.

Brandon Senseney lost by decision (8-6) in overtime to Christoval Rendon at 126 pounds.

Angel Gonzales lost by decision (8-3) to Jose Sanchez at 132 pounds.

"The kids wrestled tough," Rob Beckhart said. "They're performing like I expect them to."

The Hawks haven't lost a WAC dual meet in over two years.
Central Valley will host Ceres High and Los Banos this week.

The Bulldogs and Tigers compiled identical 4-2 records while finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the dual standings with Livingston last season.

"It's a cool thing for the kids," Beckhart said while talking about Central Valley's winning streak. "I have kids on the team that haven't lost a conference dual."