Anytime there’s a long bus ride north, making the return trip should be more enjoyable. The Indian River High School wrestling team clearly doesn’t view its northward treks as anything but business trips, and they are taking the ride to work.
Is it really work, though, when one enjoys what they do and they’re good at it?
The Indians wrestlers had little trouble in their two business trips last week, dispatching Laurel, 54-16, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, before another hammer shot on Hodgson, 55-21, on Friday, Dec. 14.
Seven Indians — Ian Shaubach, William Rayne, Ta’Jon Knight Dylan Ely, ReShawn Turner, Jacob Grab and Zach Schultz — were double-winners in the two dual meets.
Shaubach posted a tech-fall and pin in his two wins. Rayne picked up a pin in 25 seconds against Laurel before getting a forfeit versus Hodgson. Knight cruised to a pair of pins, as did Grab. Turner had a major decision against Laurel and followed that up with a pin against the Silver Eagles. Ely posted a pin and a decision, while Schultz recorded a forfeit and a pin for the Indians.
In the Laurel match, other individual wins came from William Keller (5-3 decision), T.J. Burke (forfeit) and Cristobal Alvarado-Cruz (pin).
Against Hodgson, Chris Saylor picked up a forfeit win, while Colin Hudson decked his opponent in just over a minute. Cole Windish added a major decision to wrap up the scoring for IR.
The Indians were set to host Woodbridge on Thursday, Dec. 20, (after Coastal Point press time), before another trip north to battle in the 26th Annual Beast of the East Tournament at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware on Dec. 22-23. The tournament is considered one of the top wrestling tournaments in the United States as teams from as far as Florida and Texas make the trip for the battles on the mats.
Boys’ basketball, Delmar 60, Indians 51
Jamier Felton and Michael Meehan combined for 26 points, but it wasn’t enough, as the Indians lost to Delmar, 60-51, on Thursday, Dec. 13.
Felton scored 14, while Meehan added 12 for IR, who had held a 30-23 lead after the first 16 minutes of action. However, after the break, the Wildcats chipped away at their lead, and eventually used a 25-11 fourth-quarter showing to pick up the win.
The loss was the second in a row for the Indians, after starting the season with three straight wins. They will look to right the ship as they travel to Lake Forest for an afternoon matinee — 12:45 p.m. — in a key Henlopen Conference South Division clash on Friday, Dec. 21.
By Jason Feather