IR wrestlers fall to Division I foe Sussex Central

Date Published: 
Feb. 9, 2018

Coastal Point Photos • Bruce C. Walls: Despite a valiant effort, Indian River High School lost out to Sussex Central High School, 46-22.Coastal Point Photos • Bruce C. Walls: Despite a valiant effort, Indian River High School lost out to Sussex Central High School, 46-22.In a David-vs.-Goliath battle between Division II wrestling leader Indian River High School (16-4) and the powerful Division I’s third-ranked Sussex Central High School (6-3) on Monday night, Feb. 5, at IR’s gym, the Indians held their own but fell short, 46-22. IR wrestlers earned a pin and five decisions.

Indians sophomore Will Rayne pinned his opponent, Cole Jester, at the 4:33 mark. Sophomore Ta’Jon Knight won an 11-3 decision against Golden Knights wrestler Yony Morales in the 120-pound match. Also winning by decisions for IR were junior Dylan Ely, junior Reshawn Turner, junior Zach Schultz and sophomore Raymond Turner.

Ely edged out Golden Knight Junior Perez 5-4 in the 126-pound class. Reshawn Turner topped the 152-pound match with a 5-0 decision over Lankford, and Schultz defeated Central’s Yunior Cruz in 195-pound class, 5-2. In the evening’s final bout, at 285 pounds, IR’s Ramond Turner topped Central’s Tyler Karr.

“We won six matches, but only got 22 points. That hurts you on the scoreboard,” said IR head coach Jeff Windish. “But we took six matches from a tough team. They’re the No. 3 team in Division I.

“I’m proud of the way our kids wrestled tonight,” he said. “They got a few numbers on the board, but I’m not disappointed in the way my kids wrestled — they wrestled tough.”

The Indians’ varsity wrestlers were set to conclude their season at home, by taking on 6-2 Laurel in the Division II championships on Wednesday, Feb. 7, (after Coastal Point press time). IR went into that match with a 16-4 record.