Del Norte grapplers topple incomplete Tiger squad 54-18 in first league dual of the season

The Del Norte wrestling team easily defeated Arcata 54-18 in their first league dual of the season.

The Tigers came into Thunen Gymnasium Wednesday with just eight of the 14 weights filled. Del Norte also had to forfeit two classes, so there were only seven varsity matches for the evening.

On the mat, the Warriors took four wins, all by fall.

"Overall we wrestled well," said assistant coach Clinton Schaad. "There were some tough matches that we lost, but we knew there were going to be some kids that matched up close. As a team we showed a lot of heart and determination."

After Arcata forfeited at 220 and 285 pounds, Nicole Mattz took the mat at 108 for the first wrestling of the night. Mattz made quick work of her opponent, Garrett Kitchen, pinning him in 47 seconds.

"She came out in our first match tonight and got a first round pin to set a good tone," Schaad said.

That match gave Del Norte an 18-0 lead, but Arcata came storming back, answering with a pin at 115 pounds, collecting a forfeit at 122 and winning a 10-3 decision at 128 to pull within three points in the team race.

Adan Brambila stopped that skid cold in the 134 pound match, however. After falling behind 2-0 early, Brambila worked his way to a 10-3 lead over Arcata's Kelly Joyce. As time ran out in the third period, Brambila was able to get Joyce onto his back for the fall at 5:24.

The Warriors collected three more forfeits and Robin Pierce and Tanner Gensaw both won by fall in the first period as Del Norte ended the dual running away from the Tigers.

"I think the kids were pretty excited tobe at home,"Schaad said. "We haven't wrestled at home since early December. We had a good crowd here tonight. We appreciate everyone coming out and supporting us."

The Warriors were a perfect three-for-three in junior varsity exhibition matches as well. Roberto Aguilar started the night off winning by fall in the first period. Marcus Henderson and Justin Schrader both wrestled exhibition matches after the dual, and both Warriors pinned their opponents just 1:31 into the first period.

Del Norte has a rare weekend off. The Warriors will be back on the mat on Tuesday with a dual against Fortuna in Thunen Gym.

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