The Del Norte wrestling team picked right back up where it had left off during the Christmas holiday break, as the Warriors opened the Humboldt-Del Norte League dual meet portion of their schedule with a 66-9 pasting of the Fortuna Huskies Wednesday evening at Thunen Gymnasium.
After the Huskies won the four exhibition matches to begin the evening, the Huskies continued that momentum into those that counted, as Del Norte’s Aeneas Lopez was pinned in the 106-pound match putting the home team down 6-0 right out of the chute.
From that point forward though it was all Warriors, as Del Norte’s Aaron Park began what turned into a series of eight victories from the home team, all via pin, to all but decide the outcome of the evening. Park pinned his 113-pound opponent in a mere 31 seconds, while Andre Aflague followed that up with a pin of his opponent in the 120-pound match that lasted just 16 seconds. Eddie Hartwick (126 pounds) continued the trend of quick endings with a victory via pin in 35 seconds, before Blake Allen (132 pounds) and Chaz Harrison (138 pounds) made quick work of their opponents in 85 and 99 seconds respectively.
The Huskies broke up the avalanche of Warrior pins with a 7-2 victory over Del Norte’s Nolan Ridgley in the 145-pound match, but, in what was supposed to be one of the marquee matches of the evening, the Warriors Skyler Moore took care of Fortuna’s Levi Nyberg via pin inside of one round, putting his Huskies opponent on his back in 3 minutes, 15 seconds in the 152-pound match. The Warriors Walker Gensaw (160 pounds) and Kurtis Turner (171 pounds) both went the full three-round distance with their opponents but posted comfortable 7-0 and 11-4 victories. Mike Weiland continued the momentum of the evening with a 22-second pin of his opponent in the 185-pound match, while Brandon Jones capped off the evening of action with what was the eighth Warrior victory via pin of the evening, this one at the 1:40 mark of the opening round in the 195-pound match.
Keadon Henderson (220 pounds) and Davian Afdahl (285 pounds) both won their respective matches over the Huskies via forfeit. Afdahl earned a 31-second victory via pin of his Hoopa Warrior opponent in a match earlier in the evening, while Cruz Cerros also picked up a victory via pin over Hoopa in a match that nearly went the distance at 145 pounds before Cerros was able to get the three count from the official at the 5:45 mark of the third round.
Not to be outdone, while there were only two actual matches on the girls side Wednesday evening, Del Norte’s Arelli Proctor and Savannah Williams each picked up victories on the mat, while each of the other matches were against Hoopa and Fortuna were both decided via forfeit in favor of the Warriors.
The Warrior boys travel to Sacramento to compete in the Tim Brown Invitational beginning Saturday, while the Warrior girls look to build on their own momentum when they travel to Rogue River Saturday.