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Hendrix, CV compete at Masters event
Rico wins three of five matches in 195-pound class
Severo Vazquez compiled an 87-71 record as a four-year member of Central Valleys varsity boys wrestling team. The two-time Masters qualifier went 30-16 this season. - photo by Courier file photo

Central Valley varsity boys wrestler Ryan Hendrix broke his thumb at the Ceres Invitational and was sidelined for eight weeks.

"The plan was for him to come back," Hawks head coach Rob Beckhart said. "The doctors and his parents signed off on that. He was determined to be a part of the team."

Hendrix and five other Hawk grapplers competed at the Feb. 24-25 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships in Stockton.

Hendrix and fellow seniors Severo Vazquez, Christian Oliver and Angel Rico suited up for Central Valley for the final time.

"They all knew the end was coming," Beckhart said. "It's difficult when it happens."

Hendrix compiled an 0-2 record in the 126-pound weight division.

He lost to Vacaville's Zane Martin (pin, 1:52) and Del Campo's Matt Biggs (decision, 11-4).

Ryan won seven of 12 matches this year.

He placed third at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV and Western Athletic Conference tournaments.

Unable to compete for the better part of the season due to injury, Hendrix attended every dual meet and tournament as a spectator.

"We knew it was going to be tough after he got injured," Beckhart said. "He showed an incredible amount of resolve. I wish all my kids had that kind of heart."

Hendrix had a 6-1 record prior to breaking his thumb.

Vazquez, Central Valley's 145-pounder, had a 1-2 mark at Masters.

He beat Sonora's Kellen Phillips (pin, 2:24).

Severo lost to Gregori's Ethan Villavicencio (decision, 2-0) and Ponderosa's Chad Reese (pin, 4:23).

Reese and Villavicencio finished fourth and seventh, respectively.

"He wrestled two tough kids in the beginning that ended up placing," Beckhart said.

Vazquez amassed an 87-71 record during his four-year career with the Hawks.

The two-time Masters qualifier went 30-16 this season.

Severo won the Division-IV title as a junior.

"He's a warrior," Beckhart said. "I don't know if we've ever had a kid that's wrestled that many times for us."

Oliver dropped both of his matches at 138 pounds.

He lost to Johansen's Mateo Gordon (pin, 3:26) and Waterford's Edmond Adams (decision, 6-2).

Christian missed two days of practice leading up to Masters due to illness.

"He was sick," Beckhart said. "He wasn't wrestling at 100 percent. He was a little sluggish."

Oliver (21-9) had a career record of 87-42 at Central Valley.

The three-time Masters participant/2017 WAC champion placed first at Divisionals for the second year in a row this season.

"We're definitely going to miss him," Beckhart said. "He's like a second coach on the mat. He motivates the other kids."

Rico won three of five matches at 195 pounds.

He beat Lincoln's Taylor Dickson (forfeit), Benicia's Cody Williamson (pin, 0:45), Fairfield's Joe Johnson (pin, 0:43).

Angel lost to Mesa Verde's Aaron Galben (decision, 9-5) and Union Mine's Daniel Warden (pin, 2:30).

Hawk junior Tyler Beckhart dropped both of his matches at 220 pounds.

Tyler lost to Pitman's Anthony Carbajal (major decision, 13-1) and Summerville's Carson Caya (pin, 2:07).

The top-six finishers in each weight class advanced to state.