By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
EUREKA The Del Norte High wrestling team had a solid all-around showing at the North Coast Classic wrestling tournament in Eureka on Saturday.
The squad finished fourth overall out of 18 teams and had several top finishers.
Junior grappler Roger McCovey, ranked 3rd in the state in the heavyweight division won the 285 division and was named most outstanding wrestler in the upper weight classes.
He pinned all four of his opponents, including Matthew Rashad of Fort Bragg in the championship.
McCovey has not lost a match this season.
In the 215 weight class, senior Jake Young placed 2nd, losing in the championship to Buddy Barraza of Hollister.
Young broke his right leg during the football season and did not start competing in wrestling until late December.
Young said he's glad to be back and said he believes if he were 100 percent, he would have won the championship on Saturday, adding he is continuing to work hard to get back to full strength.
Young said he hopes to continue to wrestle well, make sections and go on to state.
"It's my last chance to do it," he said.
Junior Joey Kravitz placed 3rd overall and defeated the fifth ranked wrestler in his weight class from the state of Oregon.
James Sampier placed 4th at 189.
Jordan Lacy (103), Ben Oliver (145) and Grant Ivision (12) all placed 5th overall in their respective divisions, and Kai Lemrise placed 7th in his division. Two junior varsity wrestlers, Ivan Puente and Thor Hadfield placed 7th and 8th in the JV division.
The Warriors next wrestle in a dual meet against Eureka Thursday evening in Humboldt-Del Norte Conference action.