By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
The season came to an end for Del Norte High wrestlers Sherman Norton and Roger McCovey on Friday, as they were unable to reach the second day of the Interscholastic Federation State Championships in Bakersfield.
McCovey, a sophomore who competes in the 215-pound weight division, has been battling the flu for about a week. He started to feel ill during his first match, could not finish and was unable to wrestle after that.
"He was really sick," head coach David Bokor said, adding that McCovey went back home with his parents. "There's nothing he could have done. It's not his fault he got sick. It's just one of those things that happens. Tomorrow is another day."
Norton, a senior who wrestled in the 285-pound division, lost his first match, but came back to win his second. His third match of the day resulted in a tough 1-0 loss, which ended his season and wrestling career at Del Norte.
While it was quite disappointing not to make it to the second day, Norton said he had a positive experience.
"It was fun competing in front of everyone," he said. "It just didn't turn out the way I wanted."
Bokor said that in such a competitive tourney with some of the best wrestlers in the state and nation, everyone has to wrestle at the top of their abilities, or going home becomes a reality.
"You got to be on your game," he said. "You got to get it done or you will go home early."
With McCovey, Bokor said he still has two more years left to make it make to state again and said he was proud of how he wrestled this year to make it to state.
Bokor believes Norton did not "come out ready" in his first match on Friday. But, overall, he said, Norton had a great season and has accomplished a lot in his time at Del Norte ¬Ė having had one of the best wrestling careers he has seen in his 20 years coaching at Del Norte.
"It's been a good run for him," Bokor said. "He really wanted to be one of the eight kids receiving medals, but it's tough to get there."