The Del Norte wrestling team kicked off its dual season in McKinleyville on Wednesday and returned home to Crescent City with a 2-0 dual record.
The Warriors opened up the night with a 52-30 victory over Hoopa before topping host McKinleyville 63-18 in the three-team round robin duals.
“It went pretty well,” said Del Norte head coach Clinton Schaad. “We were able to slide some people around into different weight classes to fill most of our holes, and I was able to change up our lineup so that everybody was able to get into a dual meet. Rather than just putting out my starters for both duals I was able to get some second team guys into one or the other and they all wrestled well.”
Schaad was afforded a little extra leeway with his lineup due to a comfortable lead heading into both duals. Although the Warriors were forced to forfeit the 120-pound match in both duals, Hoopa didn’t have any wrestlers in the 106, 132, 160, 182 and 285 pounds. McKinleyville meanwhile, forfeited matches at 106, 113, 138 and 220 pounds.
Although every Del Norte wrestler on hand on Wednesday got into a dual, the Warriors had five wrestlers in the lineup against both teams.
Justin Goudelock picked up a pin at 170 pounds against Hoopa and a win by technical fall in the 160 pound match against McKinleyville. Ta Tes Boulby wrestled up a weight class put pinned both of his opponents in the 195 pounds matches.
Chaz Harrison (106 pounds) and McKenzy Fernandez (220 and 285) both picked up a pair of forfeits in McKinleyville.
“We wrestled well. I am pretty happy with our showing,” Schaad said. “It can be tough to come down here mid-week and perform, but I am happy with how it went. It was nice to get everybody at least one match. Now we have two days to prep and we will head to Rogue River on Saturday.”
For many of the Warriors, Wednesday’s competition was their first chance to compete in a varsity dual. Although Del Norte will likely look to put its best lineup on the mat in bigger duals, like the one next Wednesday in Eureka, Schaad said the experience may well pay dividends in duals down the road.
“It is good for these kids because they all work hard at practice,” Schaad said. “We don’t know what is going to happen as far as illness and injuries, so they need to be ready to step up and wrestle in the varsity spot of a dual on any given night. So this just gives them experience for when we do need to call on them.”
Del Norte will continue its dual season next Wednesday on the road against three-time HDN champion Eureka, but the Warriors will return to tournament wrestling at the Rogue River Tournament on Saturday.
Schaad said he is planning on giving some of his top wrestlers the week off and focusing on wrestlers with less experience at the one-day tournament in Oregon.