Scoring 1,000 points in basketball. Pitching a no-hitter. Winning 100 career matches in wrestling.
Personal milestones in scholastic sports are often an indication of hard work and dedication to the athlete’s craft, and Indian River’s Ta’Jon Knight is a perfect example of such.
The Indians’ junior — that’s right, just a junior — reached the 100-win plateau last weekend at the Dundalk Duals. He posted a 7-0 mark and picked up another win in IR’s divisional dual-meet win over Lake Forest to finish 8-0 on the week overall.
“The coaches are really pleased with the way Ta’Jon is wrestling right now,” head coach Jeff Windish said of Knight. “He is putting together a great season, and to reach 100 wins halfway through his junior year is an amazing accomplishment.
As of Coastal Point’s press time on Jan. 16, Knight was at 24-3 on the season, with 104 career wins.
Fellow junior Will Rayne is ever so close to joining Knight in the elite 100-win club.
After a 7-1 mark last week, Rayne sits at 98 career wins. He is likely to surpass 100 wins this weekend at the Franklin Invitational Tournament in Maryland.
Rayne went 6-1 at the Dundalk Duals, including a pin over a returning Maryland state champion and a win over a returning state runner-up. His efforts garnered him Outstanding Lightweight Wrestler honors for the tournament.
The Indian River High School record for career wins is held by Zeke Marcozzi, with 133, followed by Mike Magaha, with 127. With a whole season left to go in their scholastic careers, both Knight and Rayne are likely to surpass those lofty marks and secure themselves a place among the best ever to do it at IR.
By Jason Feather