Aaron Foster

Aaron Foster of Liberty Ranch wrestles in the Hawks’ meet with El Dorado and Union Mine.

Liberty Ranch opened up the league season at Galt High School, but instead of competing against their cross-town rival, the Hawks competed against El Dorado and Union Mine, who made the trek from the hills to compete in the Sierra Valley Conference meet.

The three-way meet was designed to cut travel costs, with Galt and Liberty Ranch facing both Union Mine and El Dorado but saving their all-city match for today, when the Warriors go to the Hawk’s Nest.

The Hawks beat Union Mine 49-23 and lost to El Dorado 64-18.

The Hawks competed at the eighth Lady Eagle Invite over the weekend with Itzel Medina-Valdez placing second in the varsity division and Kaylee Ceja placing second in the JV division.

Medina-Valdez (23-8) competed in the 108-pound weight class and went 3-1 in her matches. In the opening round, Medina-Valdez defeated Malarie Saechao of Center by fall; she then defeated Camiya Cook by fall before facing Breseis Serrano of Lincoln of Stockton and defeating Serrano by fall in the semifinal round.

In the championship match, Miranda DiBenedetto of Folsom defeated Medina-Valdez 12-1.

Ceja won by fall in the quarterfinals of the JV 145-pound weight class over Joya Yager of Fort Bragg, and then defeated Jessica Love after a medical forfeit. In the championship match, she lost to Jessica Ponce of Fort Bragg 4-0.

The varsity boys competed at Del Oro as well, with Kinyaacianii Nuno placing third, Aaron Foster finishing fourth, Aiyden McKenzie finishing fourth and Aiden White finishing fourth.