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Seven Hawks advance to Divisionals
Central Valley High School's varsity wrestling team had a memorable and productive outing at the Western Athletic Conference championships on Saturday in Ceres.

"I'm pretty happy with how everybody did," Hawks head coach Rob Beckhart said. "They got a lot to be proud of. We're definitely building something here."

Seven of Central Valley's 12 grapplers earned the right to compete at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament, to be held this Friday and Saturday at Weston Ranch High School.

"It's not going to get any easier," Beckhart said.

Anthony Centeno, Rick Brown, Adrian Vizcaino, Michael Manzur, Aaron Page, Cristian Garcia and Jordan Sales extended their seasons after placing in the top four in their respective weight classes at the WAC finals.

Louis Gonzales, Raul Gontiz and Josue Hernandez were named alternates for Divisionals.

The Hawks had three league champions in Centeno, Brown and Vizcaino. Central Valley claimed just three individual titles the previous five seasons.

Centeno compiled a 3-0 record at 162 pounds. He beat Central Catholic's Reggie Bland by major decision, 12-4, for the title.

Brown won both of his matches at 172 pounds. He trailed 4-1 before scoring on a reversal and pinning Los Banos' Markus Rico in the third round (3:48) to capture the crown.

Vizcaino posted a 3-0 record at 184 pounds. Adrian won his championship bout via first-round pin (0:35) versus Ceres High's Eric Bejaran.

"I'm excited for them," Beckhart said. "It puts them in good position for next week."

Manzur (108s) placed second. The sophomore had a 2-1 mark. He lost by decision, 7-4, in the finals to Los Banos' Riko Quintana.

Garcia (140s, 2-2), Sales (222s, 1-2) and Page (122s, 1-2) were fourth.

Gonzales (128s, 1-2), Gontiz (147s, 1-2) and Hernandez (154s, 2-2) finished fifth.

Raul Godinez (134s, 0-3) and Navjot Singh (115s, 0-3) both took sixth.

Central Catholic heavyweight Andrew Betschart, formerly of Central Valley, placed second.

The Hawks finished fourth overall with a team score of 127. Los Banos won the team title (218.5). Ceres High (161.5) and Central Catholic (160.5) placed second and third, respectively. Central Valley topped Livingston (102.5), Patterson (96) and Pacheco (49).