IR wrestlers win home opener, 59-6, over Lake Forest

Date Published: 
Jan. 19, 2018

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s Brock Wingate won 7-0 in a decision over Wade Brooks in the 200-pound weight class on Wednesday, Jan. 10.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River’s Brock Wingate won 7-0 in a decision over Wade Brooks in the 200-pound weight class on Wednesday, Jan. 10.Indian River High School’s varsity wrestlers (1-0) earned a 50-6 home win over the visiting Lake Forest Spartans (1-0) last Wednesday, Jan. 10, and backed it up on Thursday, Jan. 11, with a northern road trip to Hockessin, where they crushed Wilmington Christian School, 60-15.

“It’s nice to open up the season in your home gym with a win — especially a win of that margin,” said IR head coach Jeff Windish. “The kids came out and wrestled really, really aggressively, and that’s what we preached the last few days that we had them.

“It’s just going out and being the first person to score, and not taking your foot off the gas and keep opening those scores up. The kids fought hard tonight. It really didn’t help, with the snow and all. Anytime you miss practices, you miss the opportunities to get better prepared.”

Indians sophomore Christopher Saylor started the slaughter by slamming Spartan Gene Smith in the opening 106-pound class at the 3:02 minute mark. Ian Shaubach gave the Indians more points with a win over Spartan Gene Smith in the 113-pound weight class.

Sophomores Will Rayne and Ta’Jon Knight, and junior Dylan Ely, followed with back-to-back-to-back pins over Jackson Rea, Luis Garcia-Cruz and Da’ Shawn Grace at 120, 126 and132 pounds, respectively, at times of 1:55, 1:58 and 2:20 minutes.

Spartans Coleman Mosley and Conner Sewitsky captured Lake Forest’s only wins. Mosley edged out Indians freshman Michael Taylor with an 8-7 decision in the 138-pound class, and Spartan Seth Flemming outscored Indians sophomore Will Keller with a decisive 9-2 decision at 152 pounds. Junior Reshawn Turner defeated Spartan Kurt Moyer 3-1 at 160 pounds.

“The kids really responded tonight. I’m really proud of them,” Windish said. “We really preach the fundamentals of how you win wrestling matches. You don’t have to be fancy. The way I look at it, we’re going to wrestle working style, and the kids really came out and showcased that.”

Indians sophomore Eric Winstead pined Schurman in the170-pound class, stopping the clock at 1:31 minutes. Senior Collin Donaway edged out Antoun Duffy in a 4-3 decision. Indians senior Brock Wingate beat Spartan Wad Brooks 7-0.

For the grand finale, with Indian fans on both sides of the gym cheering, Indians senior Ramond Turner quickly dominated Spartan Blake Thompson before pinning him as the clock froze at 3:47 minutes.

Then, on Thursday at Wilmington Christian School, IR wrestlers won eight classes by forfeit and three classes on the mat by pins.

Shaubach pinned D. Seeman with 1:10 minutes on the clock for the 106-pound class win, Ta’Jon Knight pinned Snellgrove with just 30 seconds remaining, and Reshawn Turner topped McNeil at the 3:03-minute mark.