The Del Norte wrestling team had six of its 11 varsity wrestlers earn a place on the podium on Saturday at the Redwood Empire Classic in Ukiah, including a pair of runner up finishes, at the Warriors’ last wrestling tournament of the regular season.
“We wrestled fine,” said head coach Clinton Schaad. “We had some kids wrestle really well and have good matches, and we had some kids lose matches that they shouldn’t have. I feel like at this point, starting in the month of January we have had starters sick or injured every time we have competed this month. Overall we wrestled well though.”
Del Norte’s Skyler Moore and Ta-Tes Boulby were the top Warrior placers in Ukiah, finishing as the runners up in the 128- and 172-pound weight classes respectively. Both wrestlers ended up losing close matches against highly ranked wrestlers in the finals. Moore fell 4-2 in the 128-pound finals, while Boulby ended up falling 6-2 in double overtime in the 172-pound finals.
Cruz Cerros fought his way to fourth place overall in the 115-pound bracket. Chaz Harrison (108), Wyatt Schneck (134) and Tanner Stancliff (140) all ended up taking fifth place for Del Norte in their respective brackets.
Justin Goudelock (162), Brenden Schrader (220) and Jordan Woodley (182) would all have been in the fifth-sixth place matches but for whatever reason their weight brackets stopped after the top four places.
“When you start looking at the brackets, they are all over the board,” Schaad said. “In one weight class if you go 4-1 you would end up in third, in another weight class if you lost your first match the best you could do is consolation champ. By changing the brackets up they all scored differently.”
As a team, Del Norte finished in seventh place out of 24 teams with 87.5 team points — 10 points behind third-place Ukiah. Schaad said the team wasn’t too worried about its team score in Ukiah due to the odd scoring system.
Del Norte will wrap up its regular season today, wrestling for a Humboldt-Del Norte League dual championship when undefeated Fortuna comes to Crescent City. Del Norte will kick off the night with a dual against St. Bernard’s, which is expected to bring just five wrestlers, starting at 6:30 p.m. Fortuna will then take on St. Bernard’s in the second dual of the night. Del Norte and Fortuna will duke it out for the dual championship in the finale in Thunen Gymnasium.
“It’s a big dual meet against Fortuna,” Schaad said. “We had a good turnout for our last dual (against Arcata) and we are really appreciative of that. We are hoping to get as many or even more tomorrow with undefeated Fortuna taking on undefeated Del Norte.”
Schaad said just he isn’t sure what to expect in the dual against Fortuna, with everything from a blowout win to a blowout loss possible.
“They are looking pretty good,” Schaad said of the Huskies. “They have some very quality wrestlers, and they are very young as well. I think they have two seniors and we have two seniors, so we are kind of both on the upswing with our young guys and girls getting better. It is a scenario where if things go our way we could win by a little bit or we can win it by a lot. If things don’t go our way we could lose it by a little bit, or we could lose by a lot. I talked to their coach several times on Saturday in Ukiah, and I think we are both pretty excited. It will be fun. If we wrestle as tough as we did against Arcata I have a lot of confidence in our team.”