The Del Norte wrestling team dropped its final dual meet of the season 45-32 in Eureka on Tuesday.
It was the first dual loss of the year for the Warriors, who end the season with a 7-1 dual record and slip back into a three-way tie for the Humboldt-Del Norte dual title with Eureka and McKinleyville.
Eureka tied McKinleyville earlier this season, but McKinleyville beat the Loggers on criteria. Del Norte won a close battle that came down to the last match against McKinleyville last week.
Although Eureka ended the night with a 13-point margin, head coach Aaron Schaad felt that the dual was much closer than that.
"We had one match that we could have easily won, and the final score would have been 39-38, so it was a really close dual," Schaad said. "Things went our way really well in McKinleyville when we came out with that one. The ones we needed to go our way to win against Eureka didn't."
The Warriors were able to pick up six wins in the 14 matches. Willie Gensaw, Hawk Mattz and Robin Pierce all beat their opponent by fall at 108, 152 and 160 pounds respectively. Adan Brambila and Tristan Holmes also picked up victories on points at 140 and 147 pounds.
Nicole Mattz collected the only forfeit of the match for Del Norte.
Eureka was able to out-score the Warriors thanks to extra points in many of their wins.
The Loggers were dominant in the upper weights, collecting five of its six falls in the top five weights. Eureka was also able to score a technical fall and a major decision in the dual.
"We showed that we still need to work on some of our fundamentals. I thought we had them down, but we need to go back over some things. But from where we were at the beginning of the year to where we are now, we are competitive with every team in the league."
The dual against Eureka wraps up the regular season for Del Norte. The postseason ramps up this weekend as the Warriors travel to McKinleyville for the North Coast Section Duals.
"Hopefully we represent well down there," Schaad said. "There are some teams that we can beat, and there are some really good teams down there."
Junior Nicole Mattz will split off from the rest of the team to compete in the NCS Girls Championships at Pittsburg High School, where she is seeded second with an 11-2 record.
Her first-round opponent is freshman Clare Smithy, who is credited with a 0-0 record heading into the dual.
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