Jimmy Cisneros never lost confidence despite almost losing by pin to Jess Ramirez during the Ceres High varsity boys wrestling team’s Western Athletic Conference clash with the Johansen Vikings.
Cisneros surprised his Bulldog teammates when he won by fall against Ramirez in the first period of their 126-pound match.
Cisneros and Ceres High rolled to a 57-18 win over Johansen on Dec. 19 in Modesto.
“I kept fighting to get the upperhand,” said Cisneros, a freshman. “I used his momentum to roll him over me. Once I did that, I was able to pin him.”
Cisneros secured his first dual victory at the varsity level.
“It’s very exciting,” he said. “I didn’t give up on myself. I kept working to improve. This isn’t going to be my last win.”
The Bulldogs won five of the dual’s seven contested matches.
Ceres High’s Elias Saldana pinned Johansen’s Attila Sides in the first round at 285 pounds.
Diego Armas pinned Andrew Schulz in the second round at 145 pounds.
Brian Ayala pinned Hector Martinez in the second round at 138 pounds.
Bryan Nunez earned a hard-fought 4-1 victory against Dorian Alvarez at 220 pounds.
Ceres High’s Josh Dominguez lost by second-round pin to Johansen’s Nathan Pires at 170 pounds.
Miguel Espinoza lost by first-round pin to Jordan McDonald at 120 pounds.
Ceres High’s Nicholas Angulo, Angel Figueroa, Edison Jimenez, Fernando Gonzalez and Blake Baker earned forfeit victories at 195, 182, 160, 152 and 106 pounds, respectively.
The Bulldogs forfeited their 132-pound match to Jackson Schulz.
There was a double forfeit at 113 pounds.
Ceres High improved to 2-1 in the WAC dual-meet standings.