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Hawks capture WAC regular season dual-meet title with perfect 6-0 record
CV completes historical run
The members of Central Valleys wrestling team, including head coach Rob Beckhart, celebrate following their 49-26 win over Patterson last week. The Hawks won all six of their WAC dual meets. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Smiles were abound as the members of Central Valley High School's varsity wrestling program posed for a group picture following Wednesday's 49-26 Western Athletic Conference dual-meet victory over visiting Patterson.

The Hawks won the WAC crown outright with a perfect 6-0 record. Central Valley improved to 12-1 on the year.

Third-place Patterson had a 3-3 mark.

"We're all really excited to complete our goal," Hawks senior grappler Adrian Vizcaino said. "I'm not surprised. We worked really hard."

Central Valley won nine of its 14 individual matches versus Patterson last week.

Cristian Garcia defeated Patterson's Keith Gordon by major decision (13-4) during their 147-pound clash.

Luis Torres defeated Daniel Linares by decision (10-3) at 154 pounds.

Rick Brown defeated Brad Gill by pin (1:32) at 172 pounds.

Adrian Badillo defeated Jerry Arredondo by pin (5:53) at 184 pounds.

Adrian Vizcaino defeated Francisco Plasencia by pin (0:42) at 197 pounds.

Cesar Yepiz defeated Michael Vazquez by pin (5:38) at 222 pounds.

Jose Medina defeated Darrius Hunt by pin (1:12) at 285 pounds.

Ethan Rotondo defeated Adrian Luna by pin (1:41) at 108 pounds.

Michael Manzur defeated Joshua Roberts by pin (4:48) at 122 pounds.

Eddy Nunez lost by major decision (9-1) to Michael Boschi at 162 pounds.

Ricardo Briseno lost by pin (1:03) to Sean De'Ocampo at 115 pounds.

Severo Vazquez lost by technical fall (19-4) to Jordan Canseco at 128 pounds.

Jose Castillo lost by technical fall (18-1) to Daniel Cota at 134 pounds.

Abel Garcia lost by pin (0:52) to Manuel Cruz at 140 pounds.

Central Valley made team history.

The Hawks fielded their first-ever varsity wrestling squad in 2006-07.

"I can't say enough positive things about the kids," Beckhart said. "They bought into the program. They worked hard every day. As a coach, you expect to be here. I'm just happy for them."

"We knew we were going to do well," said Manzur, a fourth-year wrestler with the Hawks. "We just had to put in the work. We're one of the hardest, working teams out there. I still can't believe it because it's been our goal since my freshman year."

Central Valley will compete at the WAC Championships this Saturday at Ceres High School.

The tournament will get underway at 9 a.m.