Just in case there was any doubt as to which of the Humboldt-Del Norte League teams was the cream of the crop at the end of the dual meet portion of the 2019-20 season, the Del Norte wrestling team erased it and then some with its performance at Saturday’s Humboldt-Del Norte League championship meet hosted by Arcata High School.
The Warrior boys and girls squads each sent 10 wrestlers into the championship matches of their respective weight classes Saturday, with each side walking away with six championships and coveted White Stars. The Warrior boys won the team event going away, scoring 202 team points, while the Warrior girls squad, in just its second year of existence finished a mere 17 points behind the traditional local powerhouse Eureka Loggers with 158 team points
On the boys’ side, Blake Allen (126 pounds), Tanner Stancliff (170 pounds), Brandon Jones (195 pounds), Keadon Henderson (220 pounds), Chaz Harrison (132 pounds) and Skyler Moore (145 pounds) each went unbeaten on the day, with Moore also earning the outstanding wrestler award. Bobby Aflague (113 pounds), Walker Gensaw (152 pounds), Kurtis Turner (160 pounds) and Nolan Ridgley (138 pounds) each placed second in their respective weight classes. Mike Weiland (182 pounds) and Davian Afdahl (285 pounds) both finished third in their brackets, while Micah Malfavon (120 pounds and Aaron Park (106 pounds) placed fourth in their weight classes.
On the girls’ side, Adenne Schaad (137 pound bracket), Emily Ricks (126 pound bracket), Danika Scott (235 pound bracket), Savannah Williams (106 pound bracket), Emilia Thompson (101 pound bracket), and Avary Wiley (111 pound bracket) each earned White Stars by finishing atop their individual brackets. Jenny Schaad , Esuna Thor, Claire Taylor and Arelli Proctor reached the finals of their brackets and placed second overall, while Daisy Frias placed third in her bracket.
Although the H-DN portion of the schedule is now officially over, the season is far from finished. The Warriors will now head south to compete in the North Coast Section championship tournament beginning Friday, February 21 in Union City, California.