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CVHS wrestlers set sights on WAC team title, team sections
Hawks embark on a quest for greatness
Adrian Vizcaino advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Wrestling Championships his junior and sophomore years. He expects to do even better this season. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Michael Manzur joined Central Valley High School's varsity wrestling team in 2010.

Just a freshman, Manzur placed second in the 105-pound division at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. He was sixth at the Division-IV meet.

Manzur's sophomore season with the Hawks came to an abrupt end when he was disqualified after missing weigh-ins during the second day of Divisionals. He made a quick trip to the restroom before returning to a locked door. Michael won two of three matches the previous day. Manzur was runner-up at the conference meet.

Michael dropped both of his matches at Divisionals and finished fourth at the WAC finals in the 120-pound class his junior year.

"Time has definitely flown by," Manzur said. "I still remember my first varsity match. It was against Davis. I wrestled a girl. I'm pushing myself as much as I can because it's my last year. I've always been self-motivated. Hopefully, I have a solid year."

Central Valley teammates Adrian Vizcaino (Sr.), Rick Brown (Sr.), Eddy Nunez (Sr.), Cristian Garcia (Sr.), Ethan Rotondo (Fr.) and Christian Oliver (Fr.) will be counted upon to perform well, too.

Vizcaino qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet his junior and sophomore years.

He placed second in the 182-pound class at the Division-IV championships and successfully defended his WAC title last season. He compiled a 34-15 overall record.

Adrian's won 82 matches since being promoted to the varsity level as a freshman.

Brown compiled a 26-13 record during his sophomore year with the Hawks. Rick advanced to the Masters tournament while competing at 172 pounds. He placed third at Divisionals and first in the WAC.

Winless (0-2) at Divisionals in the 162-pound class a year ago, Nunez placed third at the WAC tournament.

Garcia won two of four matches at Divisionals. The 140-pounder took fourth at the league championships.

Rotondo and Oliver competed for the Ceres Hawks youth wrestling club in the past.

Central Valley took fourth at the WAC championships and in the conference's dual-meet standings (3-3) last winter.
The Hawks lost 42-29 to third-place Ceres High during their head-to-head matchup.

The Hawks enjoyed a banner year in 2010-11. Central Valley finished second overall in the WAC (4-1), participated in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Team Dual competition and sent 11 individuals to Divisionals. Upperclassmen Josh Beckhart, Jaime Lomeli, Jaime Tadeo and Jeffrey Phetsomphou had a combined record of 112-68.

"We're definitely hungry, especially the seniors," Manzur said. "We're pushing for a league championship. We were close my freshman year."