DN ends the HDN regular season with a perfect record
Wednesday night in dual meet action, Del Norte soundly defeated previously unbeaten Eureka 50-26 on the road despite dealing with injuries.
With the win, the Warriors earned a berth in the Northcoast Section dual meet championships next Saturday in Lower Lake.
“We did really well,” assistant coach Clinton Schaad said. “We’re pleased with the outcome, even though we had to shuffle people around due to injury. The kids rose to the occasion.”
Coming into the contest Schaad was unsure how the Warriors would fare because of changes in the lineup.
This was due to a knee injury to senior heavyweight Isaac Terry, who is ranked sixth in the Northcoast Section. While he is expected back by next week, he was unable to wrestle Wednesday. Seniors Morgen Fischer and Andrew Napier were also battling injuries and it was a match-time decision if they would take part in the Eureka dual meet.
The shuffling of weight classes turned out well for the Warriors.
At heavyweight, senior Austin Moore moved up from 220 pounds to face Josh Hanson, ranked fifth in the NCS.
Moore had a memorable performance, as he won by pin in the second round. This is his first year in the wrestling program after playing basketball the previous three winters.
“I was really excited for Austin,” Schaad said. “He’s come a long way.”
Despite still recovering from injuries, Napier at 182 pounds and Fischer at 132 pound earned pins for the Warriors.
“That was great,” Schaad said. “They both showed a lot of heart and determination. They weren’t at 100 percent but they went out and did the job.”
At 220 pounds, David Plechaty
moved up from 195 pounds and won by pin. At 126 pounds, Noah Timoshenko won by pin, and Jackson Evans was victorious by technical fall at 140 pounds. Eric Turner won by pin at 170.
The Warriors also faced St. Bernard’s and won all three matches. Timoshenko won by pin at 126 pounds. At 152, Zack Taylor won by pin. At 162 pounds, Lakey Coney won his match 12-5.
Schaad said the Warriors must continue to “work hard” as they get ready to compete in the HDN Championships on Feb. 18 in Fortuna.
“We’re doing well but it’s far from over,” he said.
Last season, Del Norte finished second in the HDN Championships to Hoopa, which is again considered the favorite.
While it will be a challenge to upset Hoopa, Schaad said winning the HDN regular season title certainly gives his squad a confidence boost heading into the stretch run of the season. On Saturday, the Warriors will take part in a tournament in Ukiah.