By Ray Hamill — Several H-DNL teams will head to Eureka High on Saturday for the 23rd annual North Coast Classic wrestling tournament.
As many as 400 wrestlers are expected to compete at what has become a highly-anticipated event on the local wrestling calendar.
This year’s North Coast Classic will feature two tournaments, one for the boys and one for girls/JVs, with the action getting started at 9 a.m. and running through the early evening.
Championship matches in the varsity tournament are expected to get under way around 4 p.m.
And for the host school, it’s another chance for a young Loggers boys team to gain some valuable experience.
“We’re pretty young. We’ve got a lot of freshmen and sophomores on the team,” head coach Clint Hunter said. “But they’re eager to learn and they’re having a lot of fun as a team and growing together.”
Among the veterans on this year’s Eureka team, senior Justice Wood has been leading the way.
Wood has had an impressive season at 134 pounds and will move up to 140 this weekend.
Junior Anthony Gioviannini also is enjoying a big season at 128 pounds, while a number of younger wresters are fast establishing themselves on the team.
“We’ve been doing pretty good,” Hunter said. “We’ve been in the top five at most of our tournaments.”
Among the younger standouts, freshman Nathaniel Silva at 115 pounds, and sophomores Dominic Conant (108) and Isaac Cook (122) have all shown a lot of promise this winter.
Saturday’s tournament is expected to feature somewhere around 23 teams.