Busy week for Indian River wrestlers

Date Published: 
Feb. 2, 2018

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IR beat Delmar’s Wildcats 59-13. In that match, Indians wrestlers earned five pins, two decisions and a forfeit. Indian Aaron King won the closest decision of the night in a long, tough bout, narrowly defeating Wildcat Tyler Wright 11-10 in the 145-pound class.

After catching his breath, King, a 16-year-old sophomore from Frankford, said, “It was tough. I just wanted to come out and be aggressive. It was a lot of defense. I was a little nervous when he turned me and stuff, but I just kept my composure and tried to stay aggressive. We practiced real hard, so we’re all in shape and we keep pushing.”

Sophomores Ta’Jon Knight and Zachary Schultz led the way for IR. Knight pinned three opponents, while Schultz had two pins for the night, along with a 7-6 decision.

“I did alright tonight,” Knight said. “They were all tough matches.”

IR wrestlers scored five pins against the Wildcats and won three decisions. Junior Dylan Ely dominated the 126-pound match, Knight pinned his 130-pound-class opponent, Junior Reshawn Turner topped the 160-pound match, Schultz ruled at 195 pounds and sophomore Christopher Saylor capped the 113-pound match. Sophomore William Rayne won at 120 pounds by a technical fall, and King and Jose Perez Vidal won at 145 pounds and 182 pounds by decisions of 11-10 and 8-1, respectively.

IR shot down Seaford’s Blue Jays 53-18. Knight, sophomore Eric Winstead, Schultz and sophomore Raymond Turner pinned their opponents in that match. Sophomore Eric Wingate won a 16-4 decision at 220 pounds against Seaford.

The Indians topped Delmar 59-13. IR had five pins and three decisions against Delmar. Getting pins were Ely, Knight, sophomore William Keller, Reshawn Turner, Schultz and Slayer.

“We wrestled well, but there’s definitely some areas for improvement,” said IR head wrestling coach Jeff Windish. “I wasn’t real pleased with the way we wrestled against Seaford in spots. We need to learn how to open matches up, score something we can work on. The last match against Nandua, we wrestled really well. We just got caught in a couple of places.”

On Friday, Jan. 26, the IR wrestling team traveled to Sussex Tech, where they competed in a tri-meet that also included Concord High School. In the Ravens’ nest, the Indians defeated Concord 43-27, but lost to rival Tech, 43-26.

Rayne, Knight and Ely produced pins. Turner, Saylor and Schultz scored decisions; 8-2, 8-3 and 7-6, respectively. In the loss to the Ravens wrestlers, freshman Ian Staubach, Knight and Schultz got pins for IR.

Back in their home gym that Saturday, Jan. 27, IR took on top-ranked Cape Henlopen and stood their ground in a narrow 36-34 loss. Staubach, Rayne, Knight and Schultz got pins, and Ely and Turner won by decision.

Ely earned a 3-2 win at 132 pounds, and Turner topped the 285-pound class at 3-1.

Up next, the 16-3 Indians will face off against Laurel at home at noon on Saturday, Feb. 3, followed by a meet with Sussex Central on Monday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m., also at home. As of Coastal Point press time on Jan. 31, Laurel stood at 5-2 on the season, while Central was at 4-2.