Bill Choy, The Triplicate

Warriors open HDN season today at home

A young Del Norte Warrior wrestler new to the team this year made quite the impression at an elite tournament this past weekend.

Sophomore David Plechaty took 6th overall at 195 pounds at the NorCal Invitational in Anderson in the Redding area on Friday and Saturday.

The tournament featured more than 50 schools from the Northcoast Section and from other areas such as Sacramento and Reno, Nev. Several of the grapplers that took part are ranked at the top or near the top of the Calif. state standings.

So, to place at such an event like Plechaty did is quite the accomplishment for anyone.

This was the first time Plechaty had wrestled in the varsity division

and said he surprised himself by doing so well in Anderson.

"I didn't expect to do well at all," he said. In fact, he said, he thought there was a chance he would lose all his matches.

"It was pretty surprising, actually," Plechaty said.

The strong showing has boosted his confidence, he said. Plechaty

hopes to again place at the next tournament, which is in Windsor in

Sonoma County on Saturday.

Warriors assistant coach Clinton Schaad commended Plechaty for wrestling so well his first time up with the varsity team.

"He had an excellent tournament," Schaad said. "I'm really happy for him."

While Plechaty wrestled with Del Norte Youth Wrestling, he was not on the high school team as a freshman.

"He listens and is a hard worker," Schaad said.

Del Norte finished 21st in Anderson with a team score of 86.

Three other Warrior grapplers had good showings and made it to the second day of the tournament.

Senior Morgen Fischer made it at 132 pounds as did sophomore Eric Turner at 170.

Senior Austin Moore, in his first year on the Warrior wrestling team, also made it to the second day at 220 pounds.

Wrestling in such a top tier tournament is a great experience for the squad to take part in, Schaad said.

"It's important for them to gain experience like this and see different wrestlers than the ones they see locally," he said.

Tonight, Del Norte opens the Humboldt-Del Norte Conference season at

home when they face Arcata and tentatively Ferndale starting at 6:30


Arcata is also set to face Hoopa, but Hoopa will not face Del Norte

until later in the season. The order of which teams will go first will

be determined before the matches begin tonight.

Last season, Del Norte went 8-0 in regular season play in the HDN and finished in second place at the HDN Championships.

This will be one of only two times Del Norte will host an HDN meet this year.

"We're excited for our first league competition," Schaad said.

Next Tuesday, Del Norte will face Fortuna and St. Bernard's at home.

Schaad encouraged people to come out and show support for the team

this evening. With the majority of matches on the road it always means a

lot to the team to have friends family and the community cheering them

on, he said.

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