Wrestling


Indian River’s Ta’Jon Knight works for control and a takedown during his match at 132 pounds against Delaware Military Academy’s Ryan McKelvey. Knight would eventually win the match by a 3-2 decision.

IR bows out of DIAA state duals

Turn their attention to individual postseason grind

They had greater expectations than a one-and-done effort in the DIAA Division II State Team Duals, but such was the case for the Indian River High School wrestling program following a 42-17 defeat last Wednesday, Feb. 12, against Delaware...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:43pm

Indian River senior Ramond Turner works for control on top against Sussex Central’s Tyler Karr in their match on Friday, Feb. 7. Turner edged Karr, 2-1, in overtime for the decision.

Indian cough up early lead in season finale to Golden Knights

It has been a solid dual-meet season for the Indian River High School wrestling program as they wrapped things up, splitting a pair of dates with Wilmington Charter School and Sussex Central last week. IR hammered Charter, 64-8, then found...

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 2:57pm

Indian River’s Ian Shaubach tries to get a pin on an opponent.

Indians have impressive week on the mats

With just a couple of weeks left in the season, the Indian River High School wrestling team has been locked in and focused, with their eye on the postseason prizes that await them. Last week, the local grapplers rolled up four non-conference wins...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:18pm

The Indian River senior wrestlers line up to be recognized on Senior Night on Wednesday, Jan. 22

Indians recover with tri-meet sweep

The Indian River High School wrestling program had its first taste of dual-meet defeat last Wednesday, Jan. 22, when they dropped a 43-31 decision to Laurel in a Henlopen Conference South Division matchup.

They shook off the ill-effects of...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 10:48am

T.J. Burke tries to pin his opponent during his championship round match at 220 pounds during the Hammond Invitational.

Indians stay perfect on the season

The Indian River High School wrestling team has been flexing their talented roster’s muscles during the course of their dual meets thus far this season. They did it again on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and Friday, Jan. 17, when they overpowered host...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 12:57pm

IR’s Ta’Jon Knight competed in the 132-pound bracket, and finished third this past weekend at the Delcastle Invitational tournament. The Indians finished 7th out of 26 teams overall in the tournament.

IR turns in solid performance at Delcastle Invitational

It was another jam-packed weekend of wrestling action last week for the Indian River High School squad as they made the two-hour trek north to Wilmington for the Delcastle Invitational tournament.

Solid performances from several wrestlers...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 12:59pm

Ramond Turner attempts to pin his opponent in a match during the Battle at the Beach on Saturday, Dec. 28. Turner won all three of his matches to take home first place in the 285-pound bracket.

Turner takes first at Battle at the Beach tourney

A total of 18 high school wrestling programs made their way to Indian River High School last weekend to participate in the 15th Annual Battle at the Beach individual wrestling tournament.

The Indians’ Ramond Turner was the lone champion...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 9:40am

Indian River’s Ramond Turner, right, takes on an opponent during a match last year at Cape Henlopen.

IR wrestlers struggle at the Beast

The annual showcase of high school wrestling talent from across the country descended upon the University of Delaware’s Fieldhouse last weekend, Dec. 21-22, and the action was certainly up to standard for those watching in attendance.

For...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 11:55am

Indian River’s Ta’Jon Knight wrestles against a Milford opponent back in 2017. Knight was a runner-up at 138 lbs. at the Delmar Invitational.

Indians open with fifth-place finish at Delmar Invitational

It has been a relatively successful start to the 2019-2020 campaign for the Indian River High School wrestling team. After a win in their season-opening dual against Lake Forest last week, the Indians turned their sights onto the first tournament...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:20pm

Indian River’s Ta’Jon Knight works his Sussex Tech opponent in a match two years ago.

Strong returning presence has IR wrestling expectations very high

Following a season in which they worked their way into the DIAA Division II state semifinals as a team, the Indian River High School wrestling program has its sights set on getting back there once again, and possibly taking it one step further....

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:41pm

In the third-place match, Indian River’s Ramond Turner (left) squared off with Charter School’s Ben Somerville, but fell in overtime, 2-1.

Turner takes fourth on mats at states

The grind of the Indian River High School 2018-2019 wrestling campaign came to an end following last weekend’s DIAA State Individual Wrestling Championships at Cape Henlopen High School.

Indian River junior Ramond Turner was the highest-...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:10am

Indians place six wrestlers at Henlopen Conference tourney

Indian River High School will be sending six wrestlers to the DIAA state tournament, thanks to their efforts in last weekend’s Henlopen Conference Wrestling Championships, hosted at Sussex Central High School.

IR juniors Will Rayne, Ta’Jon...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:57am

Indian River’s Matt Zimmerman controls his opponent with a half nelson during a meet earlier this season.

IR grapplers bow out of DIAA Team Duals tourney

They’d been fighting and scrapping for the past two weeks, while battling injuries, illnesses and very good wrestling programs.

The Indian River High School wrestlers used those experiences to prepare and focus themselves on the challenge...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:45am

Ta’Jon Knight works his opponent to his back during a match earlier this season.

Knights pin down Indians in dual meet

IR loses early 21-0 advantage in rival contest

The Indian River-Sussex Central high school rivalry continued on Saturday, Feb. 2, in a matinee contest inside the Golden Knights’ gymnasium.

An injury-depleted IR had jumped out to an initial 21-0 lead, but Central recovered through the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:38am

Indian River’s Emma Barthelmeis competes against Sussex Academy earlier this season.

IR Sports Report

Boys’ Swimming  IR swimmers cruise to wins

The Indian River High School boys’ swimming team has had one impressive season so far, and this past week continued those efforts with another two wins in a sweep of a tri-meet at the Howard Ennis School...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 9:48am

IR junior Will Rayne works a takedown on his opponent from Centennial High School during their quarterfinal match at 120 pounds. Rayne would go on to win the match 14-8 to pick up his 100th career win.

Indians take fourth at Franklin tourney

Junior Will Rayne claims 100th career win, individual title

Another weekend past and another Indian River High School wrestler accomplishing an individual milestone while also bringing home a weight-class title in the process.

For IR junior Will Rayne, it was another stellar week on the mats, and...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 9:14am

Rayne named Outstanding Lightweight

The Indian River High School wrestling program turned in quite the impressive performance last weekend, Jan. 12-13, in the Dundalk “King of the Mat” Duals.

IR took the team title out of 19 teams in the tournament, posting a 41-32 win over...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:36am

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

SMS Sports Report: Selbyville wrestlers improve to 5-1 on the season

After a disappointing season-opening 58-24 loss to Postlethwait, the Selbyville Middle School wrestling team has been on fire — posting six straight wins.

Over that successful stretch, the Indians cruised to wins over Seaford (57-36),...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:24am

IR grapplers take third at Delcastle tourney

It was an impressive showing for the Indian River High School wrestling squad last weekend at the Delcastle Invitational, Jan. 4-5.

The Indians placed third out of the 21 teams in attendance, with senior Zach Schultz the lone individual...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:20am

IR’s Matt Zimmerman gets his Lake Forest opponent into a half nelson during this season’s Battle at the Beach on Thursday, Dec. 27.

Knight takes gold for IR in Battle at the Beach

Ta’Jon Knight finished off the 2018 portion his senior campaign with a strong showing at Indian River High School’s Battle at the Beach.

The 126-pounder won a gold medal for his efforts with a 3-2 decision against Middletown’s Sidney Ndi...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:16am

Indians battle at Beast of the East

It was the 26th annual edition of a nationally recognized wrestling showcase on the campus of the University of Delaware.

Locally, the Indian River wrestling contingent was one of 116 teams — covering 15 states — that descended upon the...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:08pm

Reshawn Turner went 4-1 at 152 pounds.

IR wrestling finishes third overall at Delmar Invitational

Three Indians take home individual titles

Last weekend, Indian River High School’s wrestling team competed in the Delmar Wrestling Invitational, coming third out of 11 teams. Sussex Tech won the overall team honors, with 260 points. Woodbridge...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 11:45am

Brock Wingate puts his opponent in a hold during a match back in January.

Indians wrestling looks to build off success of last year

Quality, experienced depth is something that the Indian River High School wrestling program and its head coach, Jeff Windish, will be relying on this upcoming season.

The Indians return seven state qualifiers from a year ago — of which...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:18am