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Respectable showing for CV wrestlers
Five Central Valley grapplers medal at Ceres Invitational
Five members of Central Valleys varsity boys wrestling placed at the Ceres Invitational. Front row (pictured left to right): Thomas Carrillo, Jesse Vazquez and Kyle Hendrix. Back: Tyler Beckhart and James Murphy. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Central Valley's varsity wrestling team had five individuals medal at the 52nd Ceres Invitational on Saturday at Ceres High School, including Tyler Beckhart, Thomas Carrillo, Kyle Hendrix, James Murphy and Jesse Vazquez.

"I'm proud of those guys for being able to do that," Hawks head coach Rob Beckhart said.

Beckhart, Carrillo, Hendrix, Murphy and Vazquez helped lead the Hawks to a seventh-place finish at the Ceres High tourney.

Central Valley totaled 81 points.

The host Bulldogs (156.5) took fourth.

Pitman (203.5), El Capitan (182.5) and Chico (163) finished first, second and third, respectively.

"I'm a little disappointed in the team outcome," Rob Beckhart said. "Obviously, you want more kids to wrestle well. But we have a pretty young team. We're wrestling with a lot of underclassmen. Our biggest issue right now is working on our mental toughness. There are some things we need to clean up and do better. You'll see a much different team once league starts."

Beckhart and Carrillo both tied for third place in the respective weight classes.

Tyler, a senior, compiled a 4-1 record at 220 pounds.

Beckhart collected wins against Mariposa's Michael Wilson (decision, 6-4), Central Catholic's Ramsey Ferrer (pin, 0:31), Pitman's Carlos Martinez (decision, 7-1) and Lodi's Livio Mamola (forfeit).

Thomas, a sophomore, won four of five matches at 182 pounds.

Carrillo collected wins against Central Valley's Juan Lezama (pin, 3:48), Deer Valley's Edgar Padilla (pin, 1:00), Mountain House's Thomas Briones (pin, 1:01) and Linden's Lucas Iniguez (pin, 1:36).

Beckhart and Carrillo managed to place despite losing in the second round.

"Everyone is going to lose," coach Beckhart said. "It's what you do after that what matters."

Hendrix posted a 3-2 record on his way to fourth-place finish in the 132-pound division.

Kyle collected wins against Chico's Jake Stemple (major decision, 14-3), El Capitan's Josiah Araujo (decision, 7-2) and Big Valley's Daniel Jones (pin, 0:25).

He competed at 113 pounds as a freshman.

"The other guys are a little bigger and stronger in this weight class," coach Beckhart said. "Kyle has to be more technical and calculated with his moves. He has to be a smarter wrestler."

Murphy, a senior, finished fifth (3-2) at 160 pounds.

James collected wins against Beyer's Josh Quintana (pin, 3:05), Deer Valley's Emiliano Alvarez (major decision, 15-7) and East Union's Trinidad Daiz (forfeit).
"He's doing what I expect him to do," coach Beckhart said.

Vazquez, a freshman diagnosed with autism at the age of three, took fifth (0-2) at 106 pounds.

"He has some challenges other kids don't have to deal with," Rob Beckhart said. "I'm looking forward to working with him for four years. He's got a great attitude. He's going to get better."

Central Valley's Edgar Castillo (285s, 0-2), Nataneal Lezama (195s, 0-2), Juan Lezama (182s, 0-2), Ryan Palecek (170s, 1-2), Mason Lourenco (160s, 0-2), Nathan Curry (152s, 1-2), Wilbur Arellano (145s, 0-2), Phillip Martinez (132s, 0-2), Michael Duran (126s, 0-2), Anthony Voss (120s, 0-2) and Julia Avila (113s,0-2) did not place at the Ceres Invitational.

"I'm proud of them for going out there and trying," Beckhart said. "They worked hard."