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CVHS wrestlers enjoy successful start to 2013-14 campaign
Hawks place fifth at Ceres Invitational; dominate Spartans
Central Valleys Cristian Garcia finished third in the 152-pound division at the 48th Annual Ceres Invitational on Saturday. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity wrestling program reached new heights while competing at the 48th Annual Ceres Invitational on Saturday at Ceres High School.

The Hawks finished fifth overall in the team standings.

Beyer (165), Buhach Colony (155) and Modesto High (1541/2) placed first, second and third, respectively.

All but two of Central Valley's individual participants placed.

"It's the best showing we've ever had there," Hawks head coach Rob Beckhart said. "We've never had eight kids medal. We're pretty excited about that."

Senior Adrian Vizcaino was named Outstanding Upper Weight Wrestler.

"I was happy with his determination," Beckhart said. "He had another gear. Hopefully, he wrestles that way the rest of the year."

Vizcaino compiled a perfect 2-0 record en route to a first-place finish in the 195-pound division.

"That's a good accomplishment," Beckhart said. "I'm happy for him."

Adrian took first as a junior and fourth in 2011 at the Ceres Invitational.

He opened the 2013 season with an 8-3 dual loss to Grace Davis' Bobby Posadas on Dec. 3.

"Maybe he had a chip on his shoulder and wanted to prove something," Beckhart said.

Freshman Ethan Rotondo captured the 106-pound title. He posted a 2-0 record.

"I can't say it's surprising," Beckhart said. "His dad was a really good wrestler. He has that training in his background."

Cristian Garcia (152s, 3-1) and Rick Brown (182s, 3-1) both placed third.

Freshman Sev Vazquez (145s, 4-1) took fourth.

Michael Manzur (120s, 2-2) and Joaquin Garcia (182s, 3-2) were fifth.

Gabe Martinez (160s, 2-3) finished sixth.

"It's a testament to them," Beckhart said while talking about his team's overall performance. "A lot of these kids have been working hard since the summer. It's early in the season. We just hope we can stay healthy and keep winning matches."

Hawks 54, Spartans 20

Central Valley faced little resistance while opening the 2013 season with a 54-20 win over non-conference foe Grace Davis on Dec. 3 in Ceres.

"I wasn't worried about the team score," coach Beckhart said. "I just wanted the kids to fight hard. I don't want to see anybody quit on the mat. I can't find one bad comment to say about their performance tonight.

Hopefully, we can build on it and continue to get better. Ultimately, our goal is to get a league title."

The Hawks won nine of 14 matches versus the Spartans.

Manzur pinned Phillip Fuentes during their 126-pound showdown.

Rotondo pinned Eduardo Davila at 106 pounds.

Christian Oliver pinned Domonic Bravo at 120 pounds.

Navjot Singh pinned Kenneth Peterson at 132 pounds.

Castillo pinned Oscar Davila at 138 pounds.

Cristian Garcia pinned Michael Nieman at 160 pounds.

Brown pinned Michael Bernal at 182 pounds.

Vazquez won by forfeit at 145 pounds.

Eddy Nunez won by forfeit at 170 pounds.

Vizcaino lost by decision (8-3) to Grace Davis' Bobby Posadas at 195 pounds.

Jason Beckhart lost by technical fall (15-0) to Will Davis at 220 pounds.

Cesar Yepiz lost by pin to Matthew Wittmayer at 275 pounds.

Grace Davis' Natalie Brown won by forfeit at 113 pounds.
There was a double forfeit at 152 pounds.

"Everybody did a good job," Manzur said. "We've been working hard in the practice room."

CV 48, Grace Davis 21
Ricardo Briseno pinned Grace Davis' Janelle Meyer at 120 pounds.

Martinez pinned Alexander Bizyayeu at at 160 pounds.

Joaquin Garcia pinned Christian Aberete at 182 pounds.

Abel Garcia, Alex Avarado, Angela Garcia, Brian Sanchez and Adrian Badillo won by forfeit at 138, 145, 152, 170 and 195 pounds, respectively.