By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
WINDSOR With the majority of the starting Del Norte High varsity wrestling team back in Crescent City, members of the junior varsity squad had the opportunity to take part in a tournament in Windsor on Saturday.
Many of the varsity wrestlers did not compete so they would not exceed the maximum number of matches they can take part in each year.
Those who did not compete included heavyweight Roger McCovey (285), Jake Young (215) and Joey Kravitz (135).
But their absence gave other team members a chance to participate in a tournament against varsity wrestlers.
"It was a great experience for our JV wrestlers," assistant coach Cliff Schaad said. "It gives them time on the mat... They are our future."
One JV grappler that did well was sophomore Shane Endamono (135), who went 3-1 and placed in his division.
"He was really aggressive," Schaad said. "He went out there and did what we taught him to do."
Junior Grant Ivision lost his first match but won four straight after that to place fifth in the 112 division.
Sophomore Colton Cooper went 2-2 to place 8th overall in the 140 division.
Freshman Jordan Lacy (103) went 1-2 at the tournament to earn his 10th win of the season and his varsity letter.
Schaad said any time a freshman can earn a varsity letter it "is a nice accomplishment."
The Warrior wrestling squad next competes at a dual meet in McKinleyville on Wednesday. Hoopa will also take part.
On Saturday, Del Norte will travel to Eureka for a tournament.