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Three Hawk grapplers medal at Los Banos
CV finishes eighth overall
Eddy Nunez (pictured left), Ethan Rotondo and Adrian Vizcaino finished in the top six in their respective weight classes at the Morning Star Invitational on Saturday in Los Banos. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity wrestling team totaled 83 points en route to an eighth-place finish at the Morning Star Invitational on Saturday in Los Banos.

Golden Valley (232), Oakdale (179) and Bellarmine Prep (147) took first, second and third, respectively.

"Our goal was to finish in the top seven," Hawks head coach Rob Beckhart said. "I'm still happy with how the kids performed. There were some tough teams there."

A week removed from capturing the Ceres Invitational 195-pound championship, senior Adrian Vizcaino turned in a similar performance at Los Banos.

Competing at 182 pounds, Vizcaino compiled a perfect 4-0 record and racked up 27 points.

Adrian won by pin (5:22) over Golden Valley's Ty Bowden during the finals.

He also beat Clovis' Ethan Rutherford (major decision, 11-1) and Buhach Colony's Francisco Velazquez (pin, 3:56).

Vizcaino received a first-round bye.

"Adrian did what he was supposed to do," Beckhart said. "He was seeded first."

Freshman Ethan Rotondo placed second with a 3-1 record in the 106-pound division.

Rotondo lost by decision (11-7) to Golden Valley's Criselio Rivera in the finals.

Ethan beat Clovis' Cody Okerson (decision, 5-2), Chowchilla's John Quinton Mato (pin, 3:41) and Tulare Union's Alexis Perez (pin, 1:23).

Rotondo earned 22 points.

"Ethan continues to wrestle at a high level," Beckhart said. "I think he won the finals match. He had the Golden Valley kid pinned and the referee didn't see it. It was a judgment call."

Eddy Nunez, Rick Brown, Michael Manzur, Jose Castillo, Cesar Yepiz and Jason Beckhart also contributed to the Hawks' point total.

Nunez (11 points) won four of five matches on his way capturing a fifth-place medal in the 160-pound division.

Nunez beat Oakdale's Hunter Burford (match-limit rule), Bellarmine's Gavin Leahy (tiebreaker, 2-1), Tulare Union's Jake Navarro (pin, 1:59) and Patterson's Michael Boschi (major decision, 10-2).

He lost by pin (2:00) to Golden Valley's Christian Abarca.

"Eddy lost his first match and fought all the way back to the podium," Beckhart said.

Brown (seven points) won two of four matches at 170 pounds.

He beat Bellarmine's Hunter Bingham (pin, 4:00) and Atwater's Michael Juarez (pin, 3:45).

Brown lost to Sierra Pacific's Jordon Scruggs (decision, 3-1) and Tulare Union's Jonathon Moskowitz (decision, 9-2).

Manzur (five points) posted a 2-2 record at 120 pounds.

He beat Central's Ray Aranda (pin, 3:01) and Livingston's Rainier Colina (decision, 12-10).

Michael lost to Los Banos' Tyler Felix (technical fall, 16-1) and Central's Ricky Perez (decision, 4-0).

Castillo (four points), Yepiz (four points) and Beckhart (three points) compiled identical 1-2 records at 138, 220 and 195 pounds, respectively.

Jose beat Turlock's Angelo Silva (pin, 2:53).

He lost to Bellarmine's Nicolas Guerrero (pin, 0:48) and Tulare Union's Miguel Contreras (decision, 10-7).

Cesar beat Oakdale's Wyatt Hjelm (injury default).

He lost to Sierra Pacific's Erick Loomis (pin, 3:35) and Central's Enriquez Camacho (pin, 4:26).

Beckhart beat Chowchilla's Diego Rodriguez (pin, 3:22).
He lost to Golden Valley's Johnny Martinez (pin, 3:14) and Oakdale's Miguel Ibarra (pin, 1:19).

Christian Oliver (126s, 1-2), Jose Medina (285s, 1-2), Luis Torres (160s, 0-2), Severo Vazquez (145s, 0-2) and Austin Doty (132s, 0-2) also represented Central Valley last week.

Oliver's and Medina's lone victories came via bye.

Christian lost to Gilroy's Victor Daza (decision, 7-2) and Bear Creek's Christian Borres (major decision, 9-1).

Jose lost to Tulare Union's Marcus Alonzo (pin, 0:57) and East Union's Mickey Villanueva (pin, 1:45).

Torres lost to Tulare's Jake Navarro (decision, 2-1) and Oakdale's Hunter Burford (decision, 7-3).

Vazquez lost to Bear Creek's Michael Enriquez (pin, 3:26) and Turlock's Nathan Entriken (pin, 2:29).

Doty lost to Los Banos' Fernando Mendoza (technical fall, 18-3) and Central's Mario Martinez (pin, 2:58).

Central Valley will compete in the 90-team California Coast Classic this Friday and Saturday in Aptos.