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Difficult day for Del Norte’s top wrestlers

All 10 boys eliminated after first day at the North Coast section, Mattz falls to consolation

Nicole Mattz lost in the first round at state but remains in the hunt for third.
Nicole Mattz lost in the first round at state but remains in the hunt for third. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
Friday was rough on the Del Norte wrestling team. The Warriors rolled into postseason competition with 11 wrestlers still alive, but as of Saturday morning, just one Warrior was left standing.

All 10 of the Del Norte boys that traveled to Newark High School for the North Coast section were eliminated by the end of the day Friday. 

Hawk Mattz had the best day at the NCS for Del Norte, finishing 3-2 overall. After losing in his first match of the day, Mattz battled back through the consolation bracket, winning three straight matches before falling in the last round of the night.

George Jobb also advanced all the way to the final consolation round of the day in the heavyweight bracket before falling. Jobb received two forfeits throughout the day, however, to finish 3-2 overall.

Robin Pearce (160), Eric Turner (170) and Chris Puente (220) all finished 2-2 at the NCS with Puente picking up a forfeit in the first round.

Willie Gensaw (106) and Justin Schrader (132) both won in the first round before losing two straight matches to get knocked out of the tournament.

Colson Turner (126) and Marcus Henderson also competed but didn’t win a match.

The Warriors will finish the NCS Championships with 40 team points. They are currently tied with Novato for 27th place.

Nicole Mattz ran into some trouble in her first match at the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships. As the North Coast champion, Mattz earned a first-round bye. In the second round, Mattz faced Eagle Grove sophomore Annastassia Ramirez.

Ramirez was able to take advantage of an early takedown and got Mattz to her back for a first-round pin.

“She just got caught in a move and couldn’t get out of it, then wound up on her back” said Del Norte assistant coach Nick Watson, who traveled with Mattz to Visalia.

The loss eliminated Mattz from the running for a state championship, but she can still place as high as third, wrestling through the 111-pound consolation bracket. Despite the setback on Friday, Mattz is still hoping to place.

“She seems really focused and confident in her ability to wrestle back through and place as high as she can,” Watson said.

Mattz will begin wrestling at 9 a.m. today. Her first opponent is Ashley Munoz of Beaumont. Munoz is the South Section runner up.

“She is probably pretty tough, but Nicole is not too worried about her,” Watson said.

 

Mattz will need to win three straight matches tomorrow in order to reach the medal round. If she wins five straight matches, she will finish third.

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