Down Huskies 66-12 on Tuesday
The Del Norte High wrestling team made sure the last home meet of the year was a memorable one.
On senior night on Tuesday the Warriors downed Fortuna 66-12 to remain undefeated at 2-0 in Humboldt-Del Norte Conference play at Thunen Gym.
While Del Norte head coach Aaron Schaad was pleased overall, he said that his team was not at its sharpest and still needs to improve with key tournaments like the HDN Championships still looming in the horizon.
"We know we've got to keep doing better as we head closer to the postseason," Schaad said.
A highlight of the evening was the 134-pound match.
Warrior senior Morgen Fischer struggled at first and found himself down 5-0 in the first period.
He quickly came back and scored two points on a reverse. A short time
later he was able to pin his opponent as the crowd gave him a warm
round of applause and cheers.
"It meant a lot to win on senior night in front of the home crowd," Fischer said.
When he was down, Fischer knew he did not want to end his final home
match this way and said he did all he could to battle back. There was
"just no quit," in him, he said.
At 108 pounds, Adrian Henderson lost by pin. At 113 pounds Marcus
Henderson won by forfeit as did Nicole Mattz at 120. At 128 pounds,
Skylar Haddad won by pin in the second period.
In the 140 pound match, Jackson Evans held on for a 7-5 victory. Robert Boulby earned a 12-1 victory at 147 pounds.
At 154 pounds, Hawk Mattz won by technical fall. At 162 pounds, Lakey
Coney won by forfeit. In the 172-pound bout Eric Turner earned a pin in
the second round.
At 184 pounds, senior Andrew Napier battled back from a 6-4 deficit
to end up with a third round pin with 33.1 seconds left as the
victories kept piling up for the Warriors.
At 197 pounds, Jordan Fillippa lost by pin. At 222 pounds, Austin
Moore made quick work of the competition, winning by pin with 56.7 left
in the first period. In the heavyweight division, senior Isaac Terry won
Del Norte also faced Southern Trinity and went 1-1. Fillippa lost by pin and Terry won by pin in the first round.
The Warrior seniors honored on Tuesday were Jacob Roeloffs, Noah Timoshenko, Coney, Fischer, Moore, Napier and Terry.
They were joined in a ceremony before the match began by their parents or guardians.
Also, assistant coach Clinton Schaad was honored with a plaque for 10 years of service to the wrestling team.
The coaches' wives, Sarah Schaad, Aaron Schaad's wife, and Cheyenne
Schaad, Clinton's wife, along with Clinton and Aaron's mom, Patty, were
also honored before the match for all they do behind the scenes to help
the wrestling program.
The Warriors next travel to Eureka for a tournament on Saturday.
Aaron Schaad encouraged local fans to make the trek to Humboldt County to root the Warriors on.
It means a lot to the kids have the fans show up and show support for them, he said.
Reach Bill Choy at firstname.lastname@example.org.