Slowly but surely the winter weather will thaw out, and, likewise, so has the Indian River wrestling team as they posted second in the St. Michael’s Invitational Saturday, Jan. 29.
Winters Mill High School won the tournament with a score of 220 total points, with Indian River nipping at their heels with 189 points. Indian River’s team success was achieved by outstanding individual efforts, as 13 wrestlers posted at least fifth place rankings out of the 10 participating schools.
Senior Mark Giblin (125) posted a first-place finish, defeating his opponent 1-0 in the final. Mark Magaha (103), Mike Willis (119) and Andy Bokinsky (160) all posted second-place rankings.
Nate Kortvelesy (171) earned a third-place finish while Eric Middleton (135) and Graham Esender (145) both snagged fourth. P.J. Barch (112), Luke Saylor (130), Robert “Peanut” Mitchell (140), Perry Townsend (189), Mario Robles, (HW), and Justin Edwards (215), whom was filling in for D.J. Singleterry, all posted fifth-place rankings.
The Indians rebounded from a disappointing 39-33 loss to Sussex Tech on Jan. 26, and a 49-18 pasting from rival Sussex Central on Jan. 28 — wrestling without several starters.
“This win was a big confidence builder for our team,” said head coach Jeff Windish. “My kids wrestled well and we won some tough matches.”
The Indians gave Sussex Tech a run for their money, as they led the Ravens in a few matches before letting the win slip away. “We were ahead in a couple matches but lost them in the third period,” said Windish.
Sussex Central, on the other hand, was on a mission — to win every match. “We were outwrestled by a well-coached, tough, hardnosed and determined bunch of kids,” said Windish. The Knights own four of the top ranked wrestlers in their respective weight classes.
All did not go Central’s way Jan. 28, as Andy Bokinsky defeated Chris Cordry, ranked third and sixth, respectively, in a rematch of the Delmarva Classic. Bokinsky’s record versus Cordry improves to 2-0 after his 10-3 win by decision last Friday.
“He (Cordry) was more aggressive this time,” said Bokinsky. “This was definitely a tougher match.”
Bokinsky will face his third ranked opponent in two weeks when top ranked Dan Rigby and the 32nd nationally ranked Caesar Rodney squad comes to town Feb. 2.
“Caesar Rodney is a great program, and should give us great competition going into our divisional match versus Lake Forest,” said Windish.
Lake Forest has lost its last two matches to Milford and Polytech by a combined total score of 111-36.