Sophomore Roger McCovey, who made state this year wrestling for Del Norte High, finished in first over the weekend in the 285-pound weight class at the freshman and sophomore state championship wrestling tournament in San Jose on Sunday.
His father, Roger Boulby, who also is the head coach of the Del Norte Youth Wrestling team said his son, who weighs 218 pounds and normally wrestles in the 215-weight class, decided to challenge himself and wrestled in the 285-pound class.
McCovey was able to pin four of his opponents, including winning in the championship match in about a minute on a pin.
McCovey was only able to wrestle in one match at the state championship in Bakersfield on March 2, due to feeling sick during his first match and was unable to wrestle further. He had been battling strep throat and bronchitis. While he was still not at 100 percent over the weekend, his father said he was still able to wrestle well.
The tournament also has a section for youth wrestlers and Ta-Tes Boubly, Roger Boulby's son, who is seven, wrestled in the 60-pound division and finished fourth.
- Triplicate staff