Indian River wrestling takes down Laurel
The Indian River High School wrestling squad improved to 2-0 in conference competition last Wednesday, Jan. 8, with a 60-24 victory against the Laurel Bulldogs.
While the Indians wrestled well in the matches that they did have, the Bulldogs were forced to forfeit six matches due to only having eight wrestlers on this year’s varsity roster.
“Ideally, you’d like to get every kid a match in your lineup,” said head coach Jeff Windish after the victory. “Some teams are just down in numbers. We’ve had a lot of really close matches with Laurel over the years. You wish you could get your kids matches, but you’re not always going to have a full lineup.”
The Indians started off the match strong, with freshman Jared Arlett getting the pin in 1:53 in the 106-pound weight class and sophomore Mitchell Bolton following suit with a pin of his own in 1:51 in the 113-pound class.
“I was impressed with the way we wrestled, especially in a couple spots,” noted Windish. “Jared Arlett, in his first real varsity dual meet, went out and got a fast fall. Mitchell Bolton followed it up again. He looked good in his match.”
At 145, senior T.J. Knight went out and got a quick pin, in just 40 seconds.
“T.J. Knight looked really good at 45,” Windish said of his impressive performance. “[He] went out, got right to work, got the quick fall.”
Knight wasn’t the only Indian wrestler dropping Bulldogs with ease, however, with Senior Jake Troublefield, at 195, getting a pin in exactly a minute.
“Jake went out and wrestled real well,” Windish explained. “Jake’s kind of found his rhythm right now. We just need to keep it going. In practice, he makes it a point to make every practice better than the last practice.”
Despite their advantage in numbers, IR did have to wrestle up in two weight classes, and though they battled tough, juniors Charles Wayne and Jose Alvarado-Cruz ultimately fell to their considerably larger opponents.
“Charles Wayne was wrestling up a weight class, at 170,” noted Windish. “He went out and gutted it out against a kid that weighed a whole lot more than him. I’m proud of him. He did work. He went up a weight class for the team to try and avoid getting a forfeit.
“Jose, at heavyweight, weighed in at 209 and wrestled a kid that weighed 275 pounds. I give him a lot of credit — he went out and was battling. We just got in a situation and got caught. I think if we wrestle that match again, we could avoid making some mistakes.”
The Indians were set to host Seaford on Wednesday, Jan. 15, (after Coastal Point press time), and will continue their home stint this weekend, when Lake Forest comes to town on Friday, Jan. 17, and the Sanford School visits on Saturday, Jan. 18. Those matches will begin at 7 and 2:45 p.m., respectively.