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 champion, taking the crown in the 195-pound division.

Only Salesianum and Caravel Academy finished ahead of the Indians in the team standings. Polytech followed IR, in fourth place, and Sussex Tech rounded out the top five.

IR had some strong showings from second-place finishers Will Rayne (120 pounds), Ta’Jon Knight (126), Dylan Ely (132) and Ramond Turner (285). Also medaling for the Indians were Chris Saylor (third, at 106), Ian Shaubach (third, 113), and T.J. Burke (fifth, 220).

“We were very pleased with how we wrestled throughout the lineup,” head coach Jeff Winds said of his tribe. “To get five guys in the finals is great. We always look to improve on that each tournament. Of course we would have liked to see more champions, but we were very pleased overall.”

Windish was especially positive over several wrestlers’ efforts in the consolation brackets.

“Definitely some bright spots, with Chris Saylor and Ian taking thirds,” the coach continued, “very important for individual tournaments to get those bonus team points. So it was crucial for them to get thirds. T.J. Burke getting that fifth place — again, really pleased with his performance, and getting the bonus points in the consolations.”

Knight and Rayne each saw their career win totals cross into the 90s during the tournament, and both are now well within reach of 100-win career milestones. Knight currently stands at 96, while Rayne sits at 91.

For the season, Knight (16-3), Schultz (16-4) and Saylor (16-6) all have a team-leading 16 wins, while Shaubach (15-6), Ely (14-7) and Rayne (11-4) have each contributed double-digit wins so far.

The Indians were set to square off with Lake Forest in a Henlopen Conference South Division battle on Wednesday, Jan. 9, (after Coastal Point press time). Results from the match will be available on the Coastal Point sports Facebook and Twitter pages.


By Jason Feather

Point Reporter