Indian River hosted Henlopen North wrestlers on Jan. 18, coming away from the tri-meet with a 45-27 victory over Concord and a 46-21 loss to Polytech.
Head coach Jeff Windish gave kudos to the Polytech squad. “Overall, I wasn’t disappointed,” he said. “They’re a big school with a tough program, well coached.
“We knew going in that a few things would have to go our way if we were going to win,” Windish continued. “We needed to pick up bonus points here and there, maybe get a couple of upsets.”
While Polytech prevailed, he pointed out a number of individual victories.
Sean Cummings bumped up to 112 pounds and the decision.
“He earned a big win for himself,” Windish stated. “The other guy might have looked better than Sean on paper, but he just had the desire to win, and didn’t want to give up.”
He said he’d hoped Cummings wouldn’t give up bonus points, but he went one better and actually gained a few for the team.
Brad Tephabock (135) earned his decision, and Andy Bokinsky (160) gutted it out for 5:43 before pinning his opponent.
Perry Townsend (189) also battled through three periods, eventually picking up the decision. “He won on sheer determination,” Windish said.
D.J. Singleterry (215) continued his undefeated streak with a pin at 42 seconds.
“He’s the real deal,” Windish pointed out. “There isn’t anybody in the state he can’t wrestle with, or beat.”
Singleterry also pinned his Concord opponent, in 1:10, bringing his record to 20-0 this year.
He hasn’t lost a match since last year’s state tournament semifinals.
Windish called the Concord win pivotal, keeping the Indians in contention for a dual meet at the state level, and the wrestlers answered the call.
The Indians won all of the lower weight classes between 103 and 130 pounds (Mark Magaha, Cummings, Luke Saylor, Tephabock).
Graham Esender earned the decision at 145, Bokinsky pinned and Mario Wrobles (275) won by forfeit.
The Indians wrestle Cape Henlopen at home on Friday, Jan. 21, (7 p.m.) and Windish anticipated it would be another tough matchup.
“This will be another one where we’ll need some things to go our way — it will be a big upset if we can pull it off,” he said.