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Mixed results for Hawk grapplers
CV girls place at Pacheco clash
Tyler Beckhart (right) and Ryan Palecek took third and seventh, respectively, at the Morningstar Invitational on Saturday. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity girls wrestling team had a success-filled outing at the Clash Before Christmas on Saturday at Pacheco High School.

Seven of the Hawks' 11 grapplers placed at the tournament, including Vanessa Contreras, Ellena Markham, Noelia Barron, Julia Avila, Olivia Chaboya, Nayelia Pelayo and Brianna Quiroz.

"It's not a surprise," coach Rob Beckhart said. "They work very hard."

Contreras (101 pounds, 3-0 record) and Markham (131s, 3-0) both took first in their respective weight divisions.

Barron (106s, 2-1), Avila (111s, 2-1), Chaboya (170s, 2-1) and Pelayo (Heavyweight, 2-1) all took second.

Quiroz (160s, 2-1) finished fifth.

Emily Mendoza (126s, 2-2), Isabella Pelayo (137s, 2-2), Alexis Ramirez (160s, 0-2) and Natalia Torres (170s, 0-2) did not place.

"I was happy to see most of us place," Quiroz said. "We expected to do well. We're really aggressive and like to wrestle."

Central Valley's varsity boys wrestling program traveled to Los Banos on Saturday to compete at the Morningstar Invitational.

"That's by far the toughest that tournament has been in the last five or six years," Hawks head coach Rob Beckhart said. "Every bracket had a couple state-qualifiers or top-five guys in the state. It was a good test for the kids."

Three of Central Valley's eight grapplers placed this past weekend.

Tyler Beckhart claimed a third-place medal.

Beckhart compiled a 2-1 record in the 220-pound weight class.

"His confidence level is better this year," coach Beckhart said. "He doesn't put himself in bad situations too often. He does a good job of wrestling offensive and defensive when he needs to. The sky's the limit for him."

Ryan Palecek took seventh with a 1-1 record at 170 pounds.

Juan Lezama (195 pounds, 1-2 record) finished eighth while filling in for his brother Natanael, who was sidelined with a broken finger.

"I'm glad to see him (Juan) place at a larger tournament," coach Beckhart said. "It shows he's making progress."

Kyle Hendrix (132s) and Nathan Curry (160s) both won two of their four matches.

Roman Ramirez (145s), Mason Lourenco (160s) and Thomas Carrillo (182s) all posted identical 0-2 records.