The South Fork grapplers traveled to Ukiah High School’s tournament last Saturday and went 2-10 on the day. Senior star and state tourney hopeful Gabe Miclette was out of the action in order to heal a few bumps and bruises before heading down the late season stretch into the qualifying leg of the year.

”We’re seeing improvements in spite of our wins and losses,” said head coach DJ Miclette. “We’re putting moves together well, but we need more conditioning.”

Freshman Justus Arreguin (103 pounds) lost both his matches, the first by pin at 3:10 and the second by points by a score of 13-6.

Junior Dolan Dillon (127 pounds) lost both of his matches by pin. Sophomore Keith Wittlake (132 pounds) had one of the team’s two wins on the day after losing his first match by pin at 1:30. He came back to pin his second opponent at :47 to scratch his way back onto the winner’s side of the bracket where he lost his final match by pin at 3:34.

Asa Purnell had the other win for the Cubs, defeating his first opponent 7-2. He then was pinned in his second match at 3:05 and finally went the distance to lose 4-3 in his final match of the day.

Sophomore CJ Beaton (191 pounds) wrestled for the first time all season in Ukiah and was taken down for a loss at :47 in his first match, but came back to last until 3:35 in his second match.

”It was great to see the teamwork our guys had,” said Miclette. “They were very supportive of CJ competing for the first time and did a great job of motivating each other all day on the mat.”

South Fork will host its first wrestling event in seven years tonight at 6 p.m. as the Humboldt Del Norte League’s Little Four Conference convenes to send a qualifying team to the section team championship. Miclette predicts a Hoopa team victory owing to the fact that they have strong athletes in every weight class whereas most of the small schools have to take forfeit losses in the classes in which they have no athletes, tipping their win-loss record. Doors will open at 5 p.m. at Hartley gymnasium in Miranda and the event will be the last chance for local fans to see Gabe Miclette before he graduates in June.

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