River wrestling washed out by Lake, still in the mix for states
The Indian River High School wrestling squad lost an uncharacteristic two matches in a row last week, falling to Henlopen Conference foe Lake Forest (4-1) on Friday, Jan. 17, and to Sanford School (5-3) on Saturday, Jan. 18, in a non-conference match.
“That match got away from us,” head coach Jeff Windish stated after the disappointing conference loss. “We left way too many bonus points out there. That’s going to make a difference with a good team.”
Jake Troublefield and Colt Kollock were the only IR seniors to notch wins on senior night against the Spartans — with Troublefield taking his match to two overtimes.
Standout freshman Chris Esque got the only pin for the Indians on the night, at 132 pounds, taking down Lake Forest sophomore Ryan Oritz in 2:30. Freshman Zeke Marcozzi got the only other defeat for Indian River in that match at the next weight class up, wrestling at 138 pounds.
Against Sanford last Saturday, the Indians wrestled well, but ultimately fell two points short against the private Wilmington-based school, 37-35.
“Overall, I’m pleased with the way we wrestled. We wrestled tough,” Windish said of that match. “The kids did what they needed to do. We just came up a little short on the scoreboard, one match away, one bonus-point victory away. I think we left some points out there that we didn’t capitalize on. [Sanford is] a well-coached team.”
Down 26-13, junior Jose Alvarado Cruz got a quick fall against Sanford freshman Andrew Beer, in just 16 seconds, to put the Indians up 26-23. At 106 pounds, sophomore Mitchell Bolton furthered that lead, taking down sophomore Matt Rosenthal in 51 seconds.
Just a few keys falls later, however, the Indians found themselves down two points with no way out, dropping to 3-2 on the year.
“We’ve just got some work to do. We’re not out of the mix for state duals,” Windish said of the outlook for the rest of the season. “I think we can still overcome it. We’ve got to be pretty much perfect from this point on.”
Troublefield got his 94th career win in a forfeit during that match and, according to Windish, could end up getting his 100th career win before the end of the month.
The Indians were headed up to Milford on Wednesday, Jan. 22, (after Coastal Point press time), to face the undefeated Bucs, and will head up to Cape Henlopen High School on Saturday, Jan. 25, for a quad meet. Matches will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and teams from IR, Cape, Sussex Tech and Woodbridge will all be in attendance.