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Hawk quartet shines
Rotondo, three CV teammates qualify to compete at Masters tournament
Central Valleys Ethan Rotondo (pictured right) and Oakdales Logan Eaton faced off for the 106-pound title at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament. Rotondo, a freshman, lost by pin. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity wrestling program will be sending four representatives to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships this week in Stockton.

Ethan Rotondo, Adrian Vizcaino, Rick Brown and Cristian Garica all advanced after placing in the top four in their respective weight classes at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV Tournament on Saturday in Folsom.

The Hawks finished fifth in the team standings.

Oakdale, Central Catholic and Cosumnes Oaks took first, second and third, respectively.

"It's actually the best finish we've had in terms of individual placement," Central Valley head coach Rob Beckhart said. "Our division is one of the toughest in the section. There are a lot of good wrestlers that aren't moving on."

Rotondo (106 pounds) and Vizcaino (182s) both placed second.

Ethan, a freshman, compiled a 2-1 record en route to a runner-up finish.

Rotondo lost by pin (1:23) to Oakdale's Logan Eaton during the finals.

Ethan defeated Sierra's Vincent Marquez (major decision, 8-0) and Kimball's Kainoa Caspillo (pin, 5:30).

"He looks like a little kid compared to the guys he's wrestling," Beckhart said. "But he continues to score points and win matches. He works really hard."

Adrian, a three-time Masters qualifier, posted a 2-1 record at Divisionals this year.

He defeated Oakdale's Christian Johnson (pin, 1:00) and Galt's Garet Blackwell (major decision, 17-3).

Vizcaino was edged out in the finals (decision, 6-5) by Central Catholic's Reggie Bland.

Adrian captured the WAC title with a 6-5 overtime win versus Reggie a week earlier.

"Their styles are so much alike," Beckhart said. "They respect each other. It's a good, clean rivalry."

Brown (170s, 3-1) finished third on his way to securing his second berth to Masters.

He defeated Sonora's Paul Ravelli (pin, 2:33), Patterson's Jerry Arrendondo (pin, 0:32) and Union Mine's Hunter Cannon (pin, 0:35).

He lost to Sierra's Lucas Widmer (decision, 7-2).

Rick did not wrestle during his junior year.

"He's starting to get back to where he left off," Beckhart said. "I'm happy for him."

Garcia (145s, 3-2) placed fourth.

Cristian defeated Manteca's Freddie Farias (pin, 1:25), Union Mine's Christian Beck (decision, 3-2) and Cosumnes Oaks' Jackson Pfau (decision, 6-4).

He lost to Ceres High's Abel Garcia (decision, 6-5) and Vista del Lago's Ney Vencer (decision, 4-3).
"Cristian's shown a lot of improvement over the four years we've had him in the wrestling room," Beckhart said. "He's one of our most-reliable guys."

Hawk teammates Michael Manzur, Adrian Badillo, Eddy Nunez, Luis Torres, Cesar Yepiz and Jose Medina competed at Divisionals as well.

Michael (120s, 4-2) took fifth.

Manzur defeated Union Mine's Chris Lee (pin, 1:30), Patterson's Joshua Roberts (pin, 4:26), Cosumnes Oaks' Evan Oneto (decision, 6-0) and Central Catholic's Timmy Gutierrez (forfeit).

He lost to Oakdale's Trevor Williams (pin, 4:34) and Los Banos' Josh Bustamante (decision, 6-0).

Adrian (195s, 3-3) took sixth. Badillo defeated Vista del Lago's Nnamdi Nwakobi (pin, 1:50), Patterson's Francisco Plasencia (pin, 3:25) and Central Catholic's Austin Cook (pin, 4:40).

He lost to Oakdale's Miguel Ibarra (pin, 1:59), Ceres High's Abel Morales (pin, 3:45) and Los Banos' Daniel Fernandez (pin, 0:45).

Eddy (160s, 1-2) defeated Lathrop's Alejandro Torres (technical fall, 20-3).

He lost to Liberty Ranch's Kolby McDonald (technical fall, 19-4) and Sonora's Lucas Pallante (decision, 8-2).

Luis (152s, 0-2) lost to Sonora's Bryce Sanguinetti (technical fall, 17-2) and Cosumnes Oaks' Chris Patino (pin, 3:33).

Cesar (220s, 0-2) lost to Liberty Ranch's Anthony Jones (pin, 2:34) and Manteca's Matt Wilkerson (pin, 2:09).

Jose (285s, 0-2) lost to Galt's Vincente Ochoa (decision, 5-3) and Los Banos' Evan Duran (pin, 3:30).

"Going to team duals helped us prepare for this tournament," Beckhart said. "We got to see a lot of the kids we ended up facing."