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Hawk freshman Valenzuela takes fifth in Sacramento
Central Valley freshman Ruben Valenzuela (pictured second from left) brought home a fifth-place medal from the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament. Valenzuela posted a 4-2 record in the 160-pound weight bracket.

Central Valley’s varsity boys wrestling team had one individual bring home a medal from the 23rd Tim Brown Memorial Tournament, staged Jan. 11-12, in Sacramento.

Just a freshman, Ruben Valenzuela placed fifth with a 4-2 record in the 160-pound weight bracket.

Valenzuela collected wins against Valley’s Mubarez Qadiri (pin), Rocklin’s Max Pitts (pin) and Spanish Spring’s Patrick Nelson (pin, pin).

He lost to Kelseyville’s Alex Garica (technical fall) and Petaluma’s Colton Prieto (decision).

Valenzuela improved his overall record to 23-7. Twenty of his victories have been by pin.

“It’s really kind of scary what he could be in the next four years if he continues to work hard. He has a tremendous amount of potential."
Coach Rob Beckhart on Ruben Valenzuela

“It’s really kind of scary what he could be in the next four years if he continues to work hard,” head coach Rob Beckhart said. “He has a tremendous amount of potential.  We as coaches have to be good at making sure that becomes a reality.”

Hawk teammates Kyle Hendrix (138s), Juan Lezama (170s) and Ryan Palecek (182s) also advanced to the second day of the tournament.

Hendrix and Lezama compiled identical 4-2 records.

Hendrix collected wins against Monterey Trail’s Ambrose Lawrence (decision), WHS’s Anthony Yepez (pin), El Dorado’s Peter OHalloran (pin) and Granite Bay’s Kyle Lopez (pin).

He lost to Lincoln’s Austin Williams (decision) and Folsom’s Owen Cobleigh (major decision).

Lezama collected wins against Granite Bay’s Derrall Sheldon (pin), Pioneer’s Trevor Amen (pin), Lincoln’s Jalen Hill (pin) and Kimball’s Leo Muniz (default).

He lost to Turlock’s Lance Couchman (pin) and Pittsburg’s Travis Laui (pin).

Palecek went 3-2. 

He collected wins against Lodi’s Coleman Towler (pin), Woodcreek’s Andrew Randolph (decision) and East Nicolaus’ Zach McLenna (decision). 

Palecek lost to Ponderosa’s Jake Griffiths (decision) and Rio Linda’s David Fowler (decision).

Juan Melgoza (120s), David Martinez (152s) and Thomas Carrillo (195s) turned in respectable performances as well.

Melgoza and Martinez both finished 2-2.

Melgoza collected wins against Monterey Trail’s Michael Tran (pin) and Woodcreek’s Jahlani Newman (pin).

He lost to Granite Bay’s Kai Niimi (pin) and Del Campo’s Ethan Boyd (pin).

Martinez collected wins against Ceres High’s Fernado Gonzalez (pin) and Valley’s Edward Muro (decision).

He lost to West Valley’s Jessee Kavanagh (pin) and Ukiah’s Adrian Alvarez (major decision).

Carrillo had a 1-2 mark.

He collected a win against Lincoln’s Johnny Maciel (pin).

Carrillo lost to Calaveras’ Elliot Houghten (pin) and Casa Roble’s Vincent Toscano (pin).

Central Valley’s Nic Genasci (106s), Eric Rivera (145s), Nataneal Lezama (220s), Moises Galeana (285s), Evan Cooper (113s) and Alex Alvarez (126s) all dropped both of their respective matches.

Genasci lost to Kennedy’s Lesane Noble (pin) and Oak Ridge’s Xaiver Hayden (pin).

Lezama lost to Spanish Springs’ Wyatt Lallement (decision) and Inderkum’s Andrew Poss (pin).

Rivera lost to Analy’s Jimmy Carreras (pin) and Ukiah’s Braden Goates (pin).

Galeana lost to Spanish Springs’ Jacob Gustavson (default) and WHS’s Christian McLaughlin (forfeit).

Cooper lost to Petaluma’s Charlie Winter (forfeit) and Manteca’s Diego Rodriguez (forfeit).

Alvarez lost to St. Mary’s Isaiah Mounger (forfeit) and Woodcreek’s Alex Moore (forfeit).

Central Valley finished in 21st place at the 84-team event.

“I don’t know if we’ve ever scored that high at the Tim Brown,” Beckhart said. “We had four kids advance to the second day. We’ve never done that. Overall, we did great.”

Central Valley had four grapplers advance to the second day of the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament, including Ryan Palecek (pictured).