By Ray Hamill — A group of hard-working young wrestlers and a local Humboldt Crabs standout get the nod for this week’s Humboldt Sports Team and Athlete of the Week, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.
Competing at the Rocky Mountain Nationals last weekend, the Institute of Combat youth wrestling team went toe-to-toe with some of the top young teams from all across the country.
Head coach Cass Bell had just 10 wrestlers competing against teams that averaged about 25 and some with as many as 50, and they still came away with a sixth-place finish in the folkstyle division out of 287 teams.
And that wasn’t the only big performance locally this past week.
Former Eureka Logger Ethan Fischel has been tearing it up all summer for the Crabs at the Arcata Ball Park, while enjoying a stellar debut campaign with the long-time local club.
Fischel hit a pair of doubles in Friday night’s win over the West Coast Kings and now has 13 doubles in his last 10 games.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Fischel has settled right in at the Arcata Ball Park this summer, carrying over his spring form at Willamette University to the Humboldt Crabs.
He is averaging .370 at the plate, third best on the team behind only Gabe Giosso (.456) and Tyler Ganus (.385), and he has hit a team-leading 15 doubles, four more than anybody else.
After managing just two doubles in his first 14 games, he has now hit a remarkable 13 in his past 10 games and is tied with Giosso for most extra-base hits (16) on the team.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
IOC Youth Wrestlers
The future of wrestling in Humboldt County appears to be in pretty good hands.
Last weekend in Las Vegas, the young IOC contingent put the North Coast on the map with a brilliant performance to place sixth out of 287 teams from all over the nation.
Bell has done a remarkable job with these young grapplers, and all of their hard work is paying huge dividends.
The team included Aidan Ayers, Kaidan Bell, Donald Hostler, Taylor Bell, Justin Osburne, Tanner Baxter, Brady Rains, Maureen Baxter, Bowden Barter and Cassius Barter.