The Del Norte wrestling program is splitting two this weekend. Five of the Warriors top boys kicked off their competition on Friday at the Tim Brown Invitational in Sacramento with four of those wrestlers finishing .500 or better for the day and three still wrestling for a chance to make the podium today.
The Tim Brown Invitational is the most challenging tournament of the regular season that Del Norte will attend and one of the toughest tournaments in all of Northern California.
“It is a tough tournament,” said Del Norte assistant coach Nick Watson. “I would say that in order to make the podium here you are beating a kid who is either on the watch list or ranked in the state. It is a meat grinder.”
Chaz Harrison (113 pounds) and Skyler Moore led the way for Del Norte by going 2-0 on the first day to reach today’s quarterfinal round still undefeated. Both wrestlers will start the day today needing just one win to place in the top eight of their respective brackets.
Braydon Henderson went 2-1 for the day, falling into the consolation bracket but managed to pick up a win to stay alive for Day 2. Henderson needs to win his first two matches today in order to place in the top eight.
“In this tournament there are about 80 teams, and there are some schools that bring their whole team and don’t make it to Day 2,” Watson said. “To have two kids left in the top half of the bracket on Day 2 is really good, considering we only brought five. Then having Hendo (Henderson) in the consolation bracket — anything can happen there. He just has to wrestle well and beat the next kid — take it one match at a time.”
Harrison, wrestling in the 113 pound bracket, started his day off with a bye through the first round before picking up a pin in his first match. Harrison then won by major decision in his last match of the day to advance to the quarterfinal round, which will be wrestled on Saturday.
Moore had a similar start to his tournament in Sacramento with a bye through the first round of the 134 bracket, followed by a pin in his first match of the day. Moore then grabbed a win by technical fall to punch his ticket to the quarterfinal round.
Henderson got a first round bye and then bounced back for a pin in his first match of the day. In the third round Henderson was knocked out of the 184 pound championship bracket, losing by decision. But the Del Norte senior managed to bounce back in the consolation bracket with a win by decision.
Wyatt Schneck started the day out strong with a pin in the first round of the 142 bracket before being knocked out of the championship bracket by a tough wrestler from Reno, Nevada. Watson said Schneck bounced back with a win by major decision against a wrestler from Petaluma whom he had previously lost to this year.
Schneck was then eliminated from the tournament in his second consolation match.
Justin Goudelock was also competing in Sacramento. Goudelock lost his first match of the day before winning by forfeit due to an injury default in the consolation bracket. Goudelock was then eliminated from the tournament with a loss in his next match.