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Warrior Memories: 1971 grad Rich Wier

Most people these days think of Rich Wier as the owner of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

I like to think of Rich wearing the blue and gold of the Warriors, with a helmet on his head, a face mask covering his face, lined up across from an opposing offensive lineman and eager to wreak havoc on the opposing team.

As a senior, Rich made the Humboldt Del Norte All League first team as a defensive lineman.

Rich is a 1971 Del Norte High graduate who grew up in Del Norte County.

While a Warrior, he played football under Dale Thomas and wrestled for the Warriors under coach Ron Kunstal.

Rich wrestled in the unlimited weight class, where he had excellent success.

During one match against the Fortuna Huskies he was able to pin his opponent in 11 seconds. That’s almost before the match really got started. During his junior year he finished second in the league in his weight class.

Rich, like many of Del Norte High School’s former athletes, has always had time to give back to his hometown.

Crescent City Fire Department Chief Steve Wakefield said that for years Rich volunteered as a member of the Fire Department. This is a very time-consuming job that requires a lot of training for no pay.

These types of community activities are a true measure of this former Warrior’s character and why I will always think of him wearing the tights of a Warrior wrestler, or the uniform of a Warrior footballer.

He is a real member of the Warrior family.

Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.

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