Wrestlers make strides

January 07, 2008 11:00 pm
Senior Jake Young (center), of the Del Norte High wrestling team and the rest of the squad during practice on Monday. On the far right is junior Roger McCovey. The teams has a home dual meet on Wednesday. (The Daily Triplicate/Nicholas Grube).
Senior Jake Young (center), of the Del Norte High wrestling team and the rest of the squad during practice on Monday. On the far right is junior Roger McCovey. The teams has a home dual meet on Wednesday. (The Daily Triplicate/Nicholas Grube).

By Bill Choy

Triplicate Sports Editor

ANDERSON — Tenacity, character and coming back from a difficult defeat marked the performances of many members of the Del Norte High wrestling team at the Northern California Wrestling Championships in Anderson on Friday and Saturday.

Del Norte brought only 10 wrestlers out of 14 spots due to illnesses but still placed 10th out of 38 teams. The tournament featured top teams from the northern region of the state and from Oregon and Nevada.

In the 135-pound division, junior Joey Kravitz was up in a match 12-6 with 13 seconds left when he was pinned for the loss with two seconds left. He stormed back for four straight wins before losing in the third place match to go 6-2 and place fourth in his division.

Head coach Aaron Schaad commended Kravitz for hanging tough and wrestling well against some tough competition, including several wrestlers who are highly ranked in their respective sections, and at the tournament. Kravitz came into the event unranked.

In the 215-pound division, senior Jake Young was wrestling in only his second tournament of the year. He was recovering from a broken leg suffered during the football season.

After losing to a wrestler from Sacramento 11-4, Young put together a fourth place finish.

When he met the same wrestler again on the second day of the event he defeated him in triple overtime.

"He showed a lot of guts to come back and beat a guy he lost to 11-4," Schaad said.

Junior Grant Ivision also wrestled well and placed fifth in the 112-pound division.

Junior Roger McCovey continued to show why he is ranked as one of the top heavyweights the state, placing first in his division and being named outstanding wrestler in the upper weight classes.

McCovey has not lost a match so far this year and no wrestler has truly challenged him yet. In the finals against Forest Garner of Red Bluff High, McCovey pinned him in 1:57 seconds. Garner had not lost a match before facing McCovey.

Schaad said what has been impressive about McCovey is the way he dominates his competition, even his ranked opponents. "He goes out there does what is expected of him—what he expects of himself," Schaad said.

On Wednesday, Del Norte has a dual home meet against Fortuna and St. Bernard's starting at 7 p.m, in the main gymnasium.

There will be only one other home dual match this season. Schaad said the wrestlers are excited to wrestle in front of the home crowd. The matches begin at 7 p.m.