The Del Norte boys wrestling team was hot in the early going of Day 1 at the NorCal “Beast in the North” Tournament in Anderson on Friday. The Warriors had a wrestler entered into 13 of the 14 weight classes with six winning their first two matches of the day to reach the quarterfinal round.
Del Norte came back down to earth a little in the quarterfinals, going 2-4 in the round. That still leaves two Warriors in the hunt to win their respective brackets today, while (7-9) Del Norte wrestlers are still alive in their consolation bracket, where they can finish as high as third.
“We had a pretty good day,” said Del Norte head coach Clinton Schaad. “The guys came out and wrestled really well in the first round. We wrestled really well top to bottom today. We were actually in first place for the first round and a half, which was pretty exciting.”
Del Norte finished the day in fourth place overall.
Del Norte’s Skyler Moore went undefeated in the 132 pound bracket, picking up a pair of pins before grabbing a 7-2 win by decision in the quarterfinal round. Braydon Henderson was also undefeated in the first day of the tournament. Henderson received a first round bye, then picked up pins in both of his matches to start Saturday in the semifinals.
“Skyler is wrestling really well right now,” Schaad said. “We won a tough match in the quarterfinals and will be up against the No. 2 seed to start the day. Henderson is wrestling better and better in every tournament. He had a really good day, he was smiling a lot, and he was feeling good. Those two are wrestling really well.”
The Warriors had four other wrestlers — Chaz Harrison (113), Wyatt Schneck (138), Tanner Stancliff (152), and Justin Goudelock (160) — their first two matches to reach the quarterfinals before a loss dropped them into the consolation bracket to start Day 2.
Schaad said Goudelock was winning his quarterfinal match handilly before getting caught in a headlock and thrown to his back for a pin to fall into the consolation bracket after a solid first day.
Although Harrison lost a tough quarterfinal match, Schaad was excited that the 113 pound sophomore managed to pin one of his opponents ealy in the tournament who had previously beaten him in Grants Pass.
Schaad said Stancliff wrestled well all day but got banged up a little bit in his quarterfinal loss and is questionable to wrestle on Saturday.
“We are kind of monitoring him,” Schaad said. “If he feels good he can wrestle, but if we think he is a little sore and beat up we are just going to let him rest. We have bigger fish to fry, and I’m not going to put him in danger of re-injuring something.”
Two more Warriors will join their teammates on Day 2 in Anderson.
Cruz Cerros was knocked out of the 120 pound championship bracket in the second round, but bounced back to win both of his consolation matches by pin to finish the day 3-1 overall.
Nolan Ridgely had a similar performance in the 145 pound bracket. Ridgley started the day with a pin in the first round but was ousted from the championship bracket in Round 2. Ridgely bounced back with a pin in his first consolation match and pulled out a narrow 10-8 sudden victory win in a match that went to overtime.
David Hall (106 pounds), Brandon Jones (195), and Davian Afdahl (285) all picked up a win on the first day in Anderson, but were eliminated from their respective brackets going 1-2 for the day.
“Like we talk about every time there are things we can improve upon. Whether we win or lose, as long as we are learning from our mistakes and getting better we will take that. Just keep moving forward.”
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