Tuesday’s Western Athletic Conference varsity wrestling dual meet pits Central Valley against crosstown-rival Ceres High.
The two schools are separated by just 1.5 miles.
“The two best teams in our league are from Ceres,” Bulldogs head coach Steve Festa said. “That sets up for a great matchup. Let the best team win.”
“I’m excited,” Hawks head coach Rob Beckhart said. “They haven’t beaten us in a long time. I’m sure they want to get that monkey off their back. It’s going to be a great dual meet. We’re up for the challenge.”
Host Central Valley will look to extend its WAC dual-meet unbeaten streak to 14 matches.
The reigning conference-champion Hawks posted perfect 6-0 records the past two seasons.
“It’s very impressive,” Festa said. “Coach Beckhart and his staff have done a great job. They’re dedicated.”
“Steve and I have a good relationship,” Beckhart said. “I respect what he’s doing over there.”
Central Valley opened the 2015-16 campaign with a 55-16 victory over Livingston on Wednesday.
Ceres High won its WAC opener in dominant fashion as well, 63-15, at Patterson last week.
The Bulldogs compiled a 4-2 record while finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the dual standings with Los Banos and Livingston a year ago.
Central Valley defeated Ceres High 52-22 last winter and 55-15 during the 2013-14 school year.
The Bulldogs posted a 42-29 win against the Hawks in 2012-13.
Central Valley will host Ceres High tomorrow evening. The varsity meet will get underway at 8.
The Bulldogs own a 5-4 head-to-head record versus the Hawks in conference dual action since 2006-07.
“We definitely have a strong lineup,” Festa said. “We’re going to come in confident and prepared. They have what we want, which is to be league champs. It’s going to be a competitive match.”
“Our kids are working hard,” Beckhart said. “They know how important it is. We’ll be ready.”