The Del Norte wrestling team was shorthanded due to some last-minute illnesses that kept four varsity wrestlers out of the starting lineup at the North Coast Section Redwood Empire dual tournament on Saturday at El Molino High School.

The fourth-seeded Warriors finished the day 1-2 overall in duals, falling 49-24 to No. 5 Peteluma in the first round. Del Norte bounced back with a 45-24 victory over No. 7 Sonoma Valley, before being knocked out of the tournament by No. 3 seeded Lower Lake 42-33 in the consolation semifinals.

“We just didn’t preform that well. I’m not trying to be a sore loser, but we weren’t healthy,” noted Del Norte head coach Clinton Schaad. “We left two starters at home, then we had two more that didn’t think they were that sick on Friday, but by Saturday morning when they woke up they looked bad. When you are missing four out of 14, that is a lot.”

Even with four varsity wrestlers out of the lineup, Schaad thought the team could have had a better showing at the NCS duals.

“I’m not sure what was going on other than they were tired and didn’t feel well,” Schaad said. “They just didn’t have that fire. At the end of the day, we didn’t preform well and that showed up. It was just one of those days I guess.”

Del Norte’s postseason will continue on Saturday in Fortuna as the Warriors head to the Humboldt-Del Norte League Championships. Del Norte is already the HDN dual champion after finishing the regular season undefeated in league duals. Schaad said the first order of business for the Warriors is to get healthy.

“Even today we are looking pretty sick and meek, we are missing quite a few kids to this illness that is going around,” Schaad said. “We are hoping that by Saturday that is all behind us and cleared up and we are ready to wrestle. Saturday is the league tournament. We already won the dual title, so we would like to win the individual tournament as well. The focus of this week is going to be getting them healthy.”

Reach Michael Zogg at mzogg@triplicate.com .

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