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Wrestlers place 15th
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The Ceres High wrestling team placed 15th at the Dave Mendoza Tournament at Lincoln High School in Stockton on Saturday.

Just one of Ceres' 11 wrestlers placed. The Bulldogs won just 14 of 36 matches.

"I'm trying to keep their heads up," said Ceres coach Steve Vieira. "They got to keep working hard. Sooner or later, they're going to get better."

Steven Chavez was the Bulldogs' top finisher.

The freshman placed fourth in the 160-pound weight class. Chavez compiled a 3-2 record.

"It's good for him to get a placing to help his confidence," Vieira said.

Sophomore Marc Dias (135s) and freshman Mike Tubera (119s) both won three of five matches. They would have placed if they didn't fall into the consolation bracket following losses in the opening rounds.

"They both went 3-2 and didn't place," Vieira said. "That sucks."

Sophomore Nate Niemeyer went 2-2 at 275 pounds.

Freshmen Louis Bracamonte (125s), Tony Chavez (130s) and Anthony Martinez (171s) all went 1-2.

Freshmen Jason Hardenbergh (103s), Kyle Curry (112s) and Andrew Santillan (152s) all went 0-2.

Sophomore Justin Larson (189s) also lost twice.

The Ceres/Downey dual meet will be held at Downey High School tonight at 6. Neither team has lost in league (2-0).

"We should do pretty well," Vieira said. "I hope so." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier