Robert Husseman, The Triplicate

Warriors suffer three defeats in four duals at against Ore. schools

What promised to be tough competition against schools from Oregon proved to be all the Del Norte High wrestling team could handle, and more.

The Warriors competed in four scored dual meets at Saturday's Crater Classic in Central Point, Ore. With 10 teams in attendance, Del Norte was assigned four opponents, three school teams and one combined team.

The Warriors went 1-3 for the tournament.

"We kind of took a step backward this weekend," Del Norte assistant coach Clint Schaad said.

Complicating matters was the forfeiture of the 120-pound, 138-pound and heavyweight (285-pound) weight classes. The Warriors lost three wrestlers to illness prior to the Crater Classic, and another two wrestlers left the team. Another wrestler weighed in over his limit, forcing lineup adjustments.

"We were shorthanded due to kids getting sick, kids missing weight, kids quitting," Schaad said. "We don't have a lot of depth. (Forfeiting matches) definitely hurts."

Del Norte drew Crater High of Central Point, the tournament host, for its first match. The Comets, who finished third in Oregon's Class 6A (largest schools) state meet in 2012, defeated the Warriors, 76-6.

Up next: Grants Pass High, a familiar squad that Schaad characterized as strong across all levels. The Warriors dropped that dual as well. (The score was unavailable at press time.)

"(Crater) lived up to the hype," Schaad said. "They were a good team. We wrestled a little flat."

Against Grants Pass, "we wrestled hard but it didn't go our way," Schaad added.

Del Norte faced off against a combined wrestling team in its third match and Phoenix (Ore.) High in the fourth match. The Warriors lost to the combined team but defeated the Pirates to salvage the day. (Scores for both matches were unavailable at press time.)

Junior Jackson Evans (152 pounds) was the lone Warrior to post a 3-1 record during the tournament. Juniors David Plechaty (195 pounds) and Skiler Haddad (126 pounds) each finished 2-2 at their respective weight classes.

Beginning today, Del Norte hits the ground running in Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 League competition. The Warriors travel to Arcata for a 6:30 p.m. dual meet today against the Tigers.

"We're kind of hitting the meat of our season," Schaad said. "We're working hard. We'll go down and do our best, let the chips fall where they may."

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