By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
CRESCENT CITY After a solid finish at its last tournament the Del Norte High wrestling team is ready to take to the mat once again at the Nor-Cals Invitational tournament in Anderson starting today.
The Anderson tournament, which concludes on Saturday, will feature several teams from California, as well as squads from Nevada and Oregon. This includes Crater High of Central Point, which has been a top team for many years, Warrior head coach Aaron Schaad said.
He said the tournament will give his squad a chance to compete against solid competition and see where they're at this season as they get ready for their first home dual meet next week. On Jan. 9 starting at 7 p.m. the Warriors will face both Fortuna and St. Bernard's in a dual meet.
At the North Valley Tournament in Oregon on Dec. 21, junior heavyweight Roger Mc-Covey placed first. The No. 4 ranked heavyweight in the state of California McCovey has not lost a match this year and has never truly been threatened as he continues to dominate the competition. Last year he made state.
Schaad said while moving up from 215 pound to the heavyweight (275) division this year, McCovey has not missed a beat.
Though he may not weigh as much as some of the other wrestlers (he fluctuates between 230 and a little more than 240) he uses his speed and impeccable technique to completely take control of a match and take down his competition with ease.
Other wrestlers who performed strongly were Grant Ivision, who placed second in the 119-pound division. Freshman Jordan Lacy took second in the 103-pound weight class.
The squad took fifth place overall despite having several players unable to compete due to the flu.
Schaad said despite the illnesses, he has been proud of the way team members have worked in practice to improve their skill levels and in some cases to get their weight down to compete in another weight class.
"We're definitely making strides," he said.
During winter break, besides Christmas Eve and Christmas there were practices. Schaad said he is proud of their dedication and said he expects it will pay dividends for them.