Warriors have 35 wrestlers compete, 26 medal en route to team title at home meet

The 2014 Del Norte Youth Wrestling team got off to a hot start this season and they continued that success with a team championship at the Del Norte Youth Wrestling Invitational on Saturday.

"I have been going through all the kids, and we wrestled really well," said Del Norte Youth Wrestling president and head coach Clinton Schaad.

The tournament included 232 wrestlers in seven different age groups and multiple weight brackets for each age group.

The Warriors had 35 wrestlers compete in the tournament with 26 placing in the top three in their respective brackets.

Thunder Lewis, 7, and Eddie Hartwick, 9, led the way for Del Norte. Both wrestlers finished in first place and were named outstanding wrestlers in the bantam and intermediate age groups respectively. To be named an outstanding wrestler, the athlete had to go undefeated and pin all of his opponents in the round robin tournament.

"That is a big accomplishment," Schaad said. "Eddie Hartwick pinned all three of his opponents in under a minute, combined. Thunder also had some quick pins."

The Warriors also got first-place finishes from Robert "Bid Daddy" Reyes-Villegas, 6, Ta Tes Boulby, 14; Billy Lewis, 8; Wyatt Lewis, 5; Zane Ridenour, 11; Colton Schaad, 6; Ryker Schaad, 7; Kurtis Turner,10; and Josh Hannon, 9.

Caeson Allen, 6; Kaiden Blake, 5; Sherrik Cron, 13; James Gensaw, 7; and Conner Long, 12; all took second place.

Del Norte also had Jace Bergman, 7; Brandon Charles, 10; Alexander Evans, 5; Kyle Evans, 7; Blake Larson, 7; Barbara Lewis, 6; Soren Lewis, 7; Matthew Mattz, 9; and Aldaron McCovey, 9, all finished in third place.

The tournament at Del Norte High School was the Warriors' third of the season. They also took first as a team in Arcata last weekend. The other tournament did not keep track of team scores.

The invitational was the Warriors' only home tournament of the year. It serves as a fundraiser for the program.

"Hats off to all the parents that helped us get this together," Schaad said. "It is a large endeavor. We had a lot of our parents go the extra mile and work the table, get the concessions going and giving out medals. I want to make sure to thank all of them and the coaches that helped put this together."

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