Jesse Ochoa and Bruce De Spain competed for the first time for Ceres High's varsity wrestling team this past week.
Ochoa, a senior, and De Spain, a freshman, battled during the Bulldogs' Red & White intra-squad scrimmage.
Jesse pinned Bruce in 53 seconds during their heavyweight clash en route to leading White past Red, 37-35, Wednesday evening at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.
Ochoa needed to win by technical fall or pin to secure the team victory.
"It came down to the last match," Festa said. "Jesse hasn't wrestled since junior high. He had some injuries because of football that kept him out. He's very mature and athletic. Brian is a talented newcomer as a freshman. They're two first-year wrestlers with a lot of potential."
A total of 14 individual bouts were staged.
"There were a lot of competitive matches," Festa said. "I'm really excited about the progress the younger wrestlers are showing."
Ochoa, Luis Camarillo, John Alba, Aiden Moore, Julia Pata, Andrew Gibson and Spencer Nelson collected wins for the White team.
Camarillo won by major decision (12-3) over Tyler Fleming.
Alba won my major decision (13-2) over Jaden Cooper.
Moore won by pin (1:49) over Ethan Letras.
Pata won by major decision (11-1) over Talia Mauricio.
Gibson won by pin (1:51) over Angel Perez.
Nelson won by pin (1:45) over David Caravalho.
Frankie Mendez, Brian Becerra, Edison Jimenez, Austin Hanshew, Conner Johnson, Isai Anguiano and Ezekiel Ruiz were victorious for the Red team.
Mendez won by major decision (12-3) over Arienna Cooper.
Becerra won by pin (1:52) over Joseph Martinez.
Jimenez won by pin (1:35) over Mason Foster.
Hanshew won by pin (0:47) over Elijah Caldron.
Johnson won by decision (10-9) over Diego Diaz.
"That was the best match of the night," Festa said. "They competed at a high level."
Anguiano won by major decision (8-0) over Alan Thy.
Ruiz won by pin (1:27) over Shane Bell.