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Dawgs, Hawks compete in Stockton
Mixed results for Ceres High, CV
Central Valley senior Adrian Badillo placed in the top 12 while competing in the 182-pound weight class at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Wrestling Championships this past month in Stockton. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ/The Courier

Seniors Adrian Badillo, Jose Castillo, Gabriel Martinez, Andrew Marquez and Jason Beckhart of Central Valley High School, and Ceres High upperclassman Tyree Williams competed for the last time at the prep level.

Central Valley's Severo Vazquez, Christian Oliver and David Lezama, and Ceres High's Luis Camarillo, Jaden Cooper, Aiden Moore, Spencer Nelson, Daniel McElwain, Brian Becerra and Diego Diaz all have next year to look forward to.

Badillo, Castillo, Martinez, Marquez, Beckhart, Williams, Vazquez, Oliver, Lezama, Camarillo, Cooper, Moore, Nelson, McElwain, Becerra and Diaz participated in the Feb. 26-27 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament at Stockton Arena.

"It's hard to see the disappointment on the kids' faces," Central Valley head coach Rob Beckhart said. "But they have nothing to be ashamed of. They should be proud of what they were able to do."

Badillo and Vazquez both finished in the top 12 at Masters.

Severo (28-15) posted a 3-2 record in the 145-pound weight class.

Adrian (30-20) had a 2-2 record at 182 pounds.

"They were both two wins away from going to State," Rob Beckhart said. "The disappointment will only last for a while. I think they'll be able to look back and be pretty proud. I've seen a big change in Sev's wrestling. He's taking shots and being aggressive. The first couple of years, he was timid. I'm excited to see what happens for him next year. Adrian's been a big part of our program the last four years. He had a great career."

Badillo's career record with the Hawks was 68-43.

Oliver, a junior, won two of four matches, at 132 pounds.

Christian amassed a 24-9 overall record this year.

"It seemed like all of the best kids at the tournament were in Christian's bracket," Beckhart said.

Jose Castillo (138 pounds), Martinez (170s) and Lezama (285s) compiled identical 1-2 records at Masters.

Marquez (160s) and Beckhart (220s) both lost twice.

"We're losing a great group of kids," coach Beckhart said.

Williams (182s) and Camarillo (120s) both went 2-2.

Tyree lost his fourth match by injury default.

Williams suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.

Tyree placed first at the Western Athletic Conference Championships and fifth at the Coast Classic.

"I'm very confident he would have qualified for State," Festa said. "He was wrestling so well. It's unfortunate he had the injury. It doesn't take away from what he accomplished this year. He's one of the best wrestlers to ever come out of Ceres High School."

Cooper (132s), Moore (152s), Nelson (160s) and McElwain (220s) all won one of their three matches.

Becerra (126s) and Diaz (170s) were 0-2.

Crosstown-rivals Ceres High (33 points) and Central Valley (32) placed 27th and 29th, respectively, in the team standings at Masters.

"A lot of our guys got their hands raised at the tournament," Festa said. "It was great for them to get that experience in that environment."

The Hawks and Bulldogs took first and second at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Championships.

Central Valley defeated Ceres High 44-19 for the championship at the Division-IV Team Duals.

The Hawks and Bulldogs finished 1-2 in the Western Athletic Conference overall standings.