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Second-year coach has high expectations
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Members of the Ceres High wrestling program started training for the upcoming season in November. They've been practicing everyday after school from 3-6 p.m. and a couple times a week before school from 6:30-7:45 a.m.

“We're definitely getting better,” Bulldogs coach Steve Vieira said. “Guys are starting to buy into what we're teaching. We're going to be pretty decent. I got eight guys back from last year.”

Kyle Curry, Marc Dias, Louis Bracamonte, Jake Keidel, Tony Chavez, Zack Van Wagoner, Steven Chavez and Nathan Niemeyer helped guide Ceres to a third-place finish in the Modesto Metro Conference in 2004-05. Dias, Niemeyer, Keidel and Steven Chavez advanced to the Sac-Joaquin South Delta Sub-Section Wrestling Meet.

Vieira will also rely on several newcomers, including junior Jacob Lopez and freshmen Donnie Barker and Brian Allen. Lopez is a first-year wrestler. Barker and Allen both wrestled for Vieira at Mae Hensley Jr. High for two years.

“We have eight or nine guys that should make subs,” he said. “Any one of them could make sections too. It just depends on how hard they work.”

Allen, Curry, Barker, Lopez, Dias, Bracamonte, Keidel, Tony Chavez, Van Wagoner, Steven Chavez and Niemeyer compete at 103, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171 and 275 pounds, respectively.

The Bulldogs will vie for a top-three finish in the MMC standings. They haven't won a league title in 10 years.

“If we keep getting better, we got a good shot in league,” Vieira said. “Davis and Downey are the top teams.” - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier