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Hawks place 15th overall at California Coast Classic, win WAC opener
Vizcaino, Rotondo bring home medals
Central Valley High School wrestler Abel Garcia won his Western Athletic Conference dual-meet match against Livingston. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Adrian Vizcaino, Ethan Rotondo, Rick Brown, Jonathan Robinson, Michael Manzur, Cristian Garcia, Cesar Yepiz, Joey Castillo, Jason Beckhart, Cory Cantalouble and Severo Vazquez helped lead Central Valley High School's varsity wrestling team to a 15th-place finish at the California Coast Classic, staged Dec. 27-28, in Aptos.

The Hawks totaled 99 points.

Elk Grove won the team title (238.5).

Ponderosa (188.5) and Pitman (181) took second and third, respectively.

"We wanted to finish in the top 20 and get some kids on the podium," Central Valley head coach Rob Beckhart said. "We did both. I'm proud of them."

Vizcaino and Rotondo brought home medals.

Adrian earned 23 points while finishing in fifth place in the 182-pound weight class.

He compiled a 4-2 record.

Vizcaino defeated Harbor's Noah Taul (pin, 3:37), Foothill's Ben Ordaz (pin, 1:28), Golden Valley's Ty Bowden (pin, 1:56) and Gonzalez's Kevin Soriano (decision, 10-5).

"My expectations for Adrian were a little higher," Beckhart said. "He wrestled well, initially."

Ethan (19 points) placed fifth at 106 pounds.

He won five of his seven matches.

Rotondo defeated Pitman's Trevor Mattox twice by decision (5-2, 2-0), and Santa Teresa's Jimmy Yumen (decision, 1-0), Santa Cruz's Joseph Castillo (pin, 1:37) and Bellarmine's Perry Wreaks (pin, 0:55) once.

"Ethan did great," Beckhart said. "He continues to wrestle at a high level."

Brown (12 points) won four of his six matches at 170 pounds.

He beat Buchanan's Isaiah Ortiz (pin, 3:00), Soquel's Cristian Salazar (pin, 0:34), Clovis' Jerrin Dean (pin, 2:47) and Alisal's Eduardo Marquez (pin, 1:20).

Robinson (11 points) won two of his four matches at 113 pounds.

Jonathan defeated Aptos' Nick Coffey (pin, 0:55) and San Lorenzo Valley's Jason Silva (pin, 3:19).

Manzur (nine points) won three of his five matches at 120 pounds.

Michael defeated Santa Clara's TJ Dasalia (pin, 0:38), John F. Kennedy's Nick Story (pin, 1:35) and Redwood's Brian Finci (decision, 6-2).

Garcia (seven points) won two of his four matches at 145 pounds.

He defeated Atwater's Johnny Juarez (decision, 8-4) and South San Francisco's Andrew Dabit (pin, 4:25).

Yepiz (six points) won one of his three matches at 220 pounds.

He defeated Ceres High's Tyler Cazares (pin, 1:00).

Castillo (four points) won one of his three matches at 138 pounds.

Joey defeated Alisal's Juan Ruelas (pin, 3:25).

Beckhart (four points) won two of his three matches at 195 pounds.

He defeated Yuba City's Patrick Sullivan (pin, 1:28).

Jason lost to Scotts Valley's Baldan Dashiev (pin, 1:39) and Madera's Louis Rodriguez (major decision, 12-4).

Cantaloube (three points) won one of his three matches at 126 pounds.

He defeated Sierra Pacific's Eian Loomis (pin, 4:48).

Cory lost to Elk Grove's Kalani Tonge (pin, 3:08) and El Camino's Aaron Aquino (pin, 1:42).

Vazquez (one point) won one of his three matches at 132 pounds.

Severo defeated Leland's Shayan Payamipour (decision, 6-4).

He lost to Golden Valley's Joey Terry (pin, 5:06) and Pajaro Valley's Ismael Perez (6-4).

Freshman Christian Oliver won three of his five matches at 120 pounds.

He defeated Fremont's Jesus Sanchez (decision, 8-2), Yuba City's Vincent Gutierrez (pin, 2:59) and Grace Davis' Philip Fuentes (decision, 9-2).

He lost to Jesuit's Anthony Wesley (pin, 1:14) and Sacred Heart's Kiko Valle (decision, 13-8).

Central Valley 61, Livingston 6
Cesar Yepiz, Michael Manzur, Abel Garcia, Jose Castillo, Ethan Rotondo, Severo Vazquez, Jason Beckhart, Jose Medina, Gabriel Martinez, Rick Brown and Adrian Vizcaino all won their respective matches during the Central Valley High School varsity wrestling team's 61-6 Western Athletic Conference season-opening dual meet victory over Livingston on Thursday in Ceres.

"I thought it was going to be a lot closer," coach Beckhart said. "Livingston has some tough kids. We had to move our lineup around quite a bit because of skin infections."

Central Valley moved 7-1 on the year and 1-0 in the WAC.

The Wolves dropped to 2-0
Rotondo, a freshman, defeated Livingston's Jatin Anand by major decision (11-2) in the 113-pound division.

Ethan usually competes at 106 pounds.

"I was wrestling up a weight class," Rotondo said. "I was nervous at first because it was my first conference dual meet. This one means a lot. I tried to wrestle aggressive."

Rotondo improved his overall record to 17-4.

"Middle school wrestling was a lot easier," Rotondo said. "High school practices and matches are a lot tougher. Everyone is bigger and stronger. There's a lot more at stake. I did adapt to it very fast. My teammates and coaches are helping. I didn't think I'd do this well. It's going to get a lot harder with each dual meet."

"The sky's the limit for Ethan," Beckhart said. ""He comes in with a great deal of knowledge to begin with. He works harder than any other kid on the team. He's in great shape. He has a motor that doesn't stop. He sets a good example. We got a great freshman class. They're doing something special."

Yepiz defeated Jaime Aquino by pin (0:38) at 220 pounds.

Manzur defeated Brayan Negrette by pin (3:19) at 126 pounds.

Garcia defeated Elisandro Rangel by pin (3:04) at 132 pounds.

Castillo defeated Edgar Pimentel by pin (3:42) at 145 pounds.

Vazquez defeated Eulalio Ruiz by decision (3-1) at 138 pounds.

Beckhart, Medina, Martinez, Brown and Vizcaino were awarded forfeit victories at 195, 285, 160, 170 and 182 pounds, respectively.

Cristian Garcia lost by decision (3-2) to Livingston's Jose Ruelas at 152 pounds.

Christian Oliver lost by decision (4-2) to Rainier Colina at 120 pounds.

"The kids are a lot more confident now," coach Beckhart said. "They expect to get points and put up pins."

Central Valley will host Pacheco (0-1) today at 6 p.m.

"There are some tough teams in our league," RobBeckhart said. "We're still not where we want to be. We need to get better at our heavier weights."