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Intersquad meet ushers in CV season
The members of Central Valley High School's wrestling program competed for starting spots in the lineup during Saturday's Green-Maroon Challenge Night.

The event was well-attended.

"I'm pretty happy with the turnout," first-year head coach Rob Beckhart said. "Even the kids that weren't wrestling tonight, they were still watching from the stands."

The Green team won the intrasquad scrimmage, 45-30.

James Jackson, Johnny Proctor, Jaime Tadeo, Eddie Nunez, Malynda Lomeli, Michael Manzur, Abel Medina, Derek Earnest and Alex Alvarez accounted for the Green team's nine individual victories.

Jackson pinned Cesar Yepez in the first round of their heavyweight match.

Proctor pinned Frank Hernandez in the first round at 189 pounds.

Tadeo pinned Tony Cordova in the third round at 160 pounds.

Nunez pinned Oscar Martinez in the third round at 145 pounds.

Lomeli pinned Raul Gontiz in the third round at 125 pounds.

Manzur defeated Andrea Rodriguez by major decision (12-0) at 103 pounds.

Medina defeated Matt Kitavong by major decision (23-10) at 130 pounds.

Earnest defeated George Youkhana by major decision (12-2) at 140 pounds.

Alvarez defeated Vince Martinez by decision (4-0) at 119 pounds.

Lomeli faced a six-point deficit before pinning Gontiz.

"He's stronger but I have more experience from last season," said Malynda, a second-year wrestler. "I feel proud of myself. I'm really happy."

Josh Beckhart, Nestor Berumen, Jefferey Phetsomephou, Jaime Lomeli and Evan Elliot won their respective matches for the Maroon squad.

Beckhart pinned Alonzo Loa in the first round at 215 pounds.

Berumen pinned Paul Smith in the first round at 135 pounds.

Phetsomephou pinned PJ Singh in the first round at 112 pounds.

Lomeli pinned Christian Garcia in the second round at 152 pounds.

Elliot pinned Adrian Vizcaino in the second round at 171 pounds.

"This is the first year we've ever done it (opened our challenge matches to the public)," coach Beckhart said. "I wanted to see them get the feel of a dual meet. The kids that have been here every day have done really well. Their conditioning is good."

Central Valley had a 45-person roster as of last Saturday.

"This is the first time we've had a full lineup since I've been here," said Rob, who served as an assistant coach before being named Bobby Posadas' replacement."