Del Norte wrestling came up a little short of its goals in the team standings at the Beast in the North tournament in Anderson on Friday and Saturday, but that was partially due to a flu bug that forced some of the Warriors top scorers to sit out the weekend.
“We ended up having three of our starters not participate due to illness. Braydon Henderson wasn’t there at 197, and we were missing Wyatt Schneck at 138 and Ta Tes Boulby at 182, so that was a pretty big blow to our team score. It is what it is though,” said Del Norte head coach Clinton Schaad. “Overall the kids wrestled well, but there were individual matches that we made some mistakes in. We had some rookie mistakes, but that could have been just having a couple weeks off after Grants Pass. Like we have said all year, we aren’t as worried about this weekend; we are worried about the end result come February.”
Del Norte was still able to finish in the top half of the teams in Anderson, taking 16th place out of 36 teams with a score of 82 points. The Warriors were led by 106-pound freshman Chaz Harrison’s runner up finish.
“He had a really good tournament top to bottom,” Schaad said. “In the semis he was down 9-0 late in the third round but he ended up getting a takedown during a scramble, came out on top, and ended up pinning his opponent to make the finals. It was a really nice tournament for Chaz.”
Skyler Moore wrestled his way to a fifth place finish in the 132 pound bracket while going 4-2 over the course of the weekend.
“He was close to being in the finals. He had a chance to win but kind of made a mistake late in the finals,” Schaad said. “Then he dropped down and had a bad match and ended up taking fifth. He had some really good matches too though. I think there are some things that he knows that he didn’t do right that we will work on, but it was nothing too major.”
Justin Goudelock was also able to fight his way to a spot on the podium in Anderson, finishing 3-3 overall to take eighth place at 160 pounds.
“Justin has come a long way,” Schaad said. “He has placed at every tournament we have gone to this year. Just as a benchmark, last year at this tournament he went 0-2, so to place this year and get on the podium is really good.”
Andrew Williams (170 pounds), Cruz Cerros (113) and Blake Allen (126) were all knocked out of their respective brackets one match before securing a spot on the podium.
Del Norte will return to action on Wednesday for its first two dual meets of the season, both in McKinleyville. The Warriors are scheduled to take on both McKinleyville and Hoopa in a three-team round robin dual meet. Schaad said wrestling is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., but he is unsure what the order of the duals will be.
“We are a little sick, so we will try to move some people around to fill in for some sickness and injuries that we have,” Schaad said. “I feel confident against McKinleyville, but Hoopa is always tough. The thing about Hoopa is that they always have tough kids, but they don’t always have a full lineup. This year they have a lot of kids on the team, so it will be interesting.”