The Hawks varsity team dominated on their home mat on Wednesday night with a 49-26 victory over Patterson High to win the league title.
On a night honoring its seniors, Central Valley (6-0 WAC) proved to be a strong bunch of competitors, top to bottom.
With a massive senior class that makes up the bulk of the team's talent, the Hawks steamrolled their way through the early matches.
There was little doubt by the time Patterson's veteran core took to the mat, Central Valley led 43-4 at that point. The Hawks won eight of the first nine matches with six coming via pin.
Christian Garcia got Central Valley on the board with a 13-4 major decision against Patterson's Keith Gordon at 147 pounds.
In the next match, at 154 pounds, Central Valley's Luis Torres, used a series of takedowns to take control of Patterson's Daniel Linares, holding on for a 10-4 decision.
The first Tiger to earn team points was Michael Boschi, who continued the night with a major decision victory. Boschi, wrestling at 162 pounds, won a physical battle with Central Valley's Eddy Nunez in the third period.
With about 10 seconds left in the opening period, Nunez put Boschi on his back, lifting and returning his opponent to the mat with unnecessary force. One point was awarded to Boschi to break a scoreless tie.
Boschi returned to the mat with taped ribs and finished the bout, on the way to avenging an early-season 12-0 loss to his rival.
The Patterson wrestler started on the bottom to begin the second, and maintained good position to prevent Nunez from scoring points on top.
Boschi chose to start down in the third period, and Nunez granted an escape to his opponent, with both wrestlers hoping to finish the match on their feet.
Many spectators moved to the edge of their seats and began to cheer them on. Boschi flipped the switch when he managed to take down his opponent, then got the Tigers crowd roaring when he out-pointed Nunez 9-1 for the win.
However, Patterson lost its next six bouts by pin, and won only four matches the rest of the way.
At 115, Patterson's Sean D'Ocampo briefly stopped the bleeding with a quick pin against Ricardo Brisero of Central Valley.
Almost immediately following the start of the match, D'Ocampo took Brisero down to the mat for two points, adding a three-point near fall with 1:24 left. Holding Brisero captive, and before the buzzer rang in the opening period, the Patterson wrestler came up with six team points.
Three Patterson veterans looked particularly impressive with Jordan Canseco (128 pounds), Daniel Cota (134) and Manuel Cruz (141) all earning wins.
The Tigers scored a victory when Canseco beat Central Valley's Sev Vazquez via technical fall.
Ahead 7-0, Canseco missed gaining a pin towards the end of the second period but he tallied his team's third win of the day with a 17-3 technical fall at the end of regulation over Vazquez.
Cota also knocked off Jose Castillo for the win, picking up back-to-back technical falls for the Tigers, while scoring 17 points on his opponent and only giving up a single tally.
Cruz scored two quick points for taking Central Valley's Abel Garcia down to the mat and controlled his opponent with a pin in the first period.
Cruz lifted Garcia off the mat, took several paces to calculate his next move, then cleanly set his opponent down with a thud. The Patterson wrestler ended the evening in a big way, giving the Tigers six points to cap their league dual season.
Even though Patterson lost the dual against Central Valley it still has a chance to qualify individual wrestlers for the divisional tournament.
Next up is the WAC tournament, which takes place Saturday, Feb 15 at Ceres High School. The tournament starts at 9 a.m. Patterson wrestlers enter looking to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional Tournament.
Patterson's JV wrestling squad finished its season with a narrow loss at Central Valley Wednesday night, falling to the host Hawks 27-25.
In the night's closing matchup, Sergio Scoles (140) won by pin in 4:22 against Corey Cantaloupe of Central Valley.
Several other matches also went to the visitors on the night. Tony Halcon (134) of Patterson controlled a 17-3 win against Navjit Singh, while Nick Molineri (128) cruised to a 10-3 decision against Central Valley's Lexy Cordova.
At 154, Dylan Christiansen of Patterson dominated his match with a pin in 2:55 against Central Valley's Jonathan Smith.
Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or firstname.lastname@example.org.