Submitted by Denair Unified School District
Don Helnore was encouraged by the success of last year’s Denair High wrestling team, which finished third in the rugged Southern League. And though the Coyotes lost five seniors, the veteran coach is optimistic that his 16-man group can live up to similar expectations this time around.
Three wrestlers who qualified for the Division V Tournament return – senior Jordan Cervantes (132 pounds), junior Kyle Prock (138) and senior Kyle Perkins (220).
“For me, I want each guy as a returnee to improve and do better for himself and the team,” said Helnore, who has run the program for nine years. “For the new kids, I want them to find a love for the sport.”
In addition to Cervantes, Prock and Perkins, Helnore is high on 145-pound sophomore Blake Davis. “He’s already making big leaps from last year, when he really pushed some guys.”
The early part of the season features some regional tournaments and a handful of dual meets. For now, Helnore said the focus is on “conditioning and technique work.”
“We have a basic plan for all our guys. As you see them wrestle and move, you find out what they’re good at and build on that,” he said. “But like in any sport, you have a basic foundation that you teach.
“Right now, we’re working on stances, hand position, head position. What am I trying to do? Motion and movement. Once we get into league season, there’s more wrestling.”
2015-16 Denair Coyotes Wrestling Schedule
Date Opponent Place Time
Dec. 1 Oakdale Tournament Oakdale 4 p.m.
Dec. 9 Hughson Home 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 Mountain House Away 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 16 Hilmar Home 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 Ripon Away 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 23 MJC Invitational Modesto 9 a.m.
Jan. 2 Turlock Bulldog Classic Turlock 9 a.m.
Jan. 6 Big Valley Christian Away 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 8-9 Lloyd Engel Tourney Escalon 9 a.m.
Jan. 13* Waterford Away 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 20* Mariposa Home 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 23 Hatler Invitational Sonora 9 a.m.
Jan. 27* Delhi Home 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 30 Rumble in the Jungle Turlock 9 a.m.
Feb. 3* Orestimba Away 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 6 Division VI Team Duals Stockton TBA
Feb. 13* Southern League Tourney Home 10 a.m.
Feb. 19-20 Division V Tournament Escalon TBA
Feb. 26-27 Masters Tournament Stockton TBA
March 4-5 State Tournament Bakersfield TBA
*Denotes Southern League match