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Niemeyer, Van Wagoner place at Invitational
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The Ceres High wrestling team didn't enjoy much success at its own tournament on Saturday.

The Bulldogs placed 15th in a field of 18 at the 40th annual Ceres Invitational.

Dos Palos was the overall team winner. Anderson, Woodcreek, Buhach Colony and Bret Harte took second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

"We were nowhere near the top," said Ceres coach Steve Vieira. "A lot of these guys just don't have the experience. We need more mat time."

Varsity returnees Nathan Niemeyer and Zack Van Wagoner finished in the top six in their respective weight classes. Medals were awarded to the top-five finishers.

Niemeyer compiled a 3-2 record in the 275-pound weight class. The sophomore had two wins by pin and one by decision. He defeated Pitman's Tommy Meza 9-2 in the fifth-place match.

"He's got one of the better records on the team," Vieira said. "He's 12-6."

Van Wagoner compiled a 2-3 record in the 145-pound class. The sophomore lost 9-5 to Buhach's Ivan Valencia in the fifth-place match.

"He did pretty good," Vieira said.

First-year varsity wrestlers Justin Larson, Mike Tubera, Louis Bracamonte, Tony Chavez, Marc Dias, Jake Keidel, Steven Chavez, Anthony Martinez, Jason Hardenbergh and Russell Bridges did not place.

Larson, a sophomore, compiled a 2-2 record at 189 pounds.

Tubera (119s), Bracamonte (125s), Tony Chavez (130s), Dias (135s), Keidel (140s), Steven Chavez (160s) and Martinez (171s) all went 1-2. Tubera, Bracamonte, Tony Chavez, Steven Chavez and Martinez are freshmen. Dias and Keidel are sophomores.

Hardenbergh (103s) and Bridges (215s) both lost twice. Hardenbergh is a freshman. Bridges is a junior.

The Bulldogs will compete in the Mendoza tournament, a 20-team event, at Lincoln High School in Stockton on Saturday. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier