If given the choice, Indians Head Wrestling Coach Jeff Windish would start a match at the top and the strength of his lineup with Perry Townsend, who wrestles at 189 pounds. Indian River hosted Lake Forest on Feb. 3 and Windish did go with his gut. He gave the nod to the Townsend twin and sparked a “chain reaction,” of pins to defeat the Spartans 47-24.
The win came after four pins and two tech falls, to be exact.
Townsend, his brother Phil (215), Bryan Lynch (HW), Pasquel Delphino, Mike Magaha and P.J. Barch sent Indian River soaring past the Spartans 33-0 before it got interesting.
Indian River hit the Spartans’ tough spot in the lineup and dropped the next four matches (125-140) before Dominique Morris (145) would break the Spartans’ building momentum. Morris also defeated Caesar Rodney’s Zen Meyer’s in a 6-2 decision.
Lake Forest trailed coming into the match with Danny Bokinsky.
“Danny was wrestling a really tough kid, on paper, and we needed to pick up this match up,” said Windish.
Bokinsky won the match, despite trailing throughout much of it. That didn’t surprise his coach.
“It’s pivotal, because he’s coming on at the right time. He’s building confidence and at the exact right time, as we possibly head into the Dual State Championship.”
Thomas Veith returned from injury to score a pin, which set up Andy Bokinsky for the match-clinching pin.
Indian River was set to host Seaford on Feb. 8 for a rematch of last year’s 36-35 come-from-behind victory over the Blue Jays. The outcome of that match is important to the Indians. (Results of the match were not available prior to Coastal Point press time.)
“We have to win our conference matches,” said Windish. “They never take matches lightly and I’m sure that they will want to knock us off after last year.”
A win over Seaford would all but guarantee the Indians their second consecutive Dual State Meet.