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Wrestlers win 11 of 14 matches against Panthers
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The performance was impressive. The Ceres High wrestling team won 11 of 14 matches, including eight by pin, one by decision and two by forfeit, en route to a 63-15 victory over Modesto High in Ceres on Wednesday.

"This is what we've been working for," said Ceres coach Steve Vieira.

The Bulldogs improved to 1-0 in the Modesto Metro Conference.

The Panthers fell to 0-1 in the league standings.

"We're excited," Vieira said. "We got our first league win out of the way."

Johnny Bridges, Mike Tubera, Louis Bracamonte, Anthony Martinez, Jake Keidel, Zack Van Wagoner, Steven Chavez and Nathan Niemeyer all won by pin.

Bridges pinned Modesto's Robert Wright in the first round in the 112-pound weight class. The match lasted just 32 seconds.

Tubera pinned Reymundo Marquez in the first round at 119 pounds.

Bracamonte pinned Hope Rodriguez in the first round at 125 pounds.

Martinez pinned Afeleti Usu in the first round at 171 pounds.

Keidel pinned Jeremy Padgett in the second round at 145 pounds.

Van Wagoner pinned Corbett Schnatmeyer in the second round at 152 pounds.

Chavez pinned Victor Cano in the second round at 160 pounds.

Niemeyer pinned Alex Borunda in the third round at 275 pounds.

Marc Dias defeated Modesto's Sean Cavara 11-6 at 140 pounds.

Jason Hardenbergh (103s) and Justin Larson (189s) both won by forfeit for the Bulldogs.

Ceres' Russell Bridges (215s), Mike Gonzales and Tony Chavez all lost.

Gonzales lost 12-7 to Bobby Knorr at 135 pounds.

Bridges (215s) and Chavez (140s) both lost by pin.

Turlock tourney

Ceres participated in the 3rd annual California Bulldog Classic at Turlock High on Saturday.

Turlock won the team title (207). Golden Valley (182), Davis (173), Buhach Colony (149.5) and Oakdale (138.5) placed second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

"We didn't have anybody place or doing anything special," Vieira said.

Van Wagoner compiled a 2-2 record in the 152-pound weight class.

Martinez (171s), Tony Chavez (130s) and Hardenbergh (103s) all went 1-2.

"I was expecting a little bit more out of everybody else," Vieira said.

Keidel (140s) and Johnny Bridges (112s) both went 1-1.

Gonzales (125s), Dias (135s), Larson (189s), John Apodoca (145s), Steven Chavez (160s) and Russell Bridges (215s) didn't win a match. They went 0-2 in their respective weight divisions.

"We're young and still inexperienced," Vieira said. "Guys are still trying to figure out what's going on. Hopefully, they'll step up and peak at the right time." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier