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Dawgs enjoy successful start to dual season
Ceres High faces little resistance in beating Sunmerville
Ceres High heavyweight Antonio Gonzalez won by pin versus Summervilles Jarrett Brunette this past week at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity wrestling team opened the 2015-16 dual-meet campaign with a 74-6 home win over Summerville Wednesday night at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"At this point of the year, it's about getting experience," Bulldogs head coach Steve Festa said. "I would have liked for all of our wrestlers to have a match. The guys that got an opportunity to perform did it at a high level."

Ceres High won eight of the dual's 14 individual matches by forfeit as Frankie Mendez (106 pounds), Shanald Lal (113s), Michael Vargas (120s), Brian Becerra (132s), Jairo Renteria (138s), Aiden Moore (160s), Diego Diaz (182s) and Tyree Williams (195s) collected victories.

"I really don't know what the circumstances were," Festa said while talking about the Bears' thin lineup. "All of our athletes were prepared to wrestle. They had to make weight."

The Bulldogs swept five of the six contested bouts versus the Bears.

Daniel McElwain won by pin (2:52) against Carson Caya at 220 pounds.

Antonio Gonzalez won by pin (2:53) against Jarrett Brunette at 285 pounds.

Spencer Nelson won by pin (4:49) against Sam Burns at 170 pounds.

Luis Camarillo won by technical fall (15-0) against Colby Dibble at 126 pounds.

John Alba won by decision (14-9) against Zach Marquez at 152 pounds.

Jaden Cooper lost by pin (0:32) to Devin Conklin at 145 pounds.

Alba avenged a 10-4 loss suffered in the semifinals of the Ceres Invitational on Dec. 5.

John avoided getting pinned in the opening round during the rematch.

"Every match is new," Festa said. "John was able to refocus. He showed how tough of an athlete he is. It was impressive."