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Positive results for wrestlers
Ceres High's and Central Valley's varsity wrestling teams traveled to Scotts Valley and Modesto, respectively, two weeks ago to compete in tournaments.

The Bulldogs finished in 16th place with a team score of 83 at the Coast Classic, held Dec. 17-18 at Scotts Valley High School.

The Hawks totaled 68 points en route to a 17th-place finish at the Western Invitational, staged the same two days at Modesto Junior College.

Ceres High's Nick Moran defeated Soquel's Shane Torres 9-5 for fifth place in the 145-pound division.

Moran had an overall record of 3-2.

He collected wins against Torres, Harbor's Bryan Battisto (pin, 1:59) and Granada's Angel Beltran (pin, 3:58).

Bulldog teammate Joey Bettencourt won two of five matches on his way to a sixth-place finish at 103 pounds.

Bettencourt bested Silver Creek's Alvin Nguyen (pin, 5:51) and Harbor's Johannes Zolck (pin, 0:29).

Wesley Schwieger, Nick Serratos, Andrew Cefre, Raj Singh, Gabe Balderas, Ruben Sanchez, Bradley Bruton and Armando Morales also contributed to the Bulldogs' point total.

Schwieger posted a 2-2 record at 119 pounds.

He beat Los Gatos' Jacob Jagelski (pin, 5:47) and Saratoga's Zach Hansen (pin, 2:58).

Serratos won three matches at 171 pounds.

He beat King City's Tyler Foslien (pin, 0:43), Marin Catholic's Mac Coll (injury default) and Alisal's Eddie Meza (pin, 4:12).

Cefre compiled a 2-2 record at 140 pounds. He beat Scotts Valley's Fred Rust (pin, 4:40) and Alisal's Eduardo Marquez (pin, 0:50).

Raj Singh posted a 1-2 record at 152 pounds.

He beat Fremont's Athena Herrera (pin, 0:21).

Balderas collected two victories at 112 pounds.

He beat Kingsburg's Jonas Tirado (decision, 8-6), Fremont's Sergio Mendoza (pin, 0:35) and King City's Luis Cruz (decision, 7-0).

Sanchez, Bruton and Morales had identical marks of 1-2 at 215, 160 and 285 pounds.

Ruben beat Harbor's Stefan Meek (pin, 4:43).

Bradley beat Palma's Zack Zender (pin, 3:12).

Armando beat Scotts Valley's Hudson Perez (decision, 6-3).

Central Valley had multiple placers at the Western Invitational.

Michael Manzur took sixth with a 2-3 record at 104 pounds.

He beat Escalon's Max Yang (pin, 1:42) and Hughson's Chase Herrin (major decision, 10-0).

Josh Beckhart (216 pounds) also finished in sixth place.

He beat Livingston's Josh Coronado (decision, 2-0).

Josh had to withdraw from the tournament after re-aggravating an ankle injury in the semifinals.

Anthony Centeno (146s) and James Jackson (285s) both amassed 3-2 records while finishing seventh overall in their respective weight classes.

Centeno beat Johansen's Jaime Recio once (pin, 5:00), and Beyer's Tim Renteria twice (7-4, 9-5).

Jackson beat Central Catholic's Dustin Corrin-Willey (pin, 1:07), Summerville's Cole Busch (pin, 0:10) and Firebaugh's Adrian Gonzales (pin, 1:34).

Johnny Proctor (190s) placed eighth.

He beat Johansen's Jason Nunes (pin, 1:43) and Anderson's Tyler Edwards (injury default).

JV Hawks impress

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity wrestling team put on a show at the Atwater tournament on Dec. 4.

"I can't explain it," Hawks coach Mike Senseney said. "I wish I would have filmed it. I never saw that much energy and aggressiveness from our kids. I'm proud of them."

Ten of Central Valley's 15 grapplers brought home medals.

Vincent Martinez, Miguel Espinoza and Christian Garcia took first at 125, 130 and 160 pounds, respectively.

Michael Manzur (103s), PJ Singh (112), Eddy Nunez (152) and Frank Hernandez (215) all finished in second place.

Eddy Lopez (171) and Josue Hernandez (171) both placed third.

"I'm really happy for the kids," Senseney said. "We've been working them really hard in the wrestling room. We have a bright future."