Grapplers prepare for dual tourney

After edging out a close 39-32 victory over Lake Forest Feb. 4, the Indian River wrestling team is gearing up for the school’s first postseason trip to the dual meet tournament.
“To get into the dual meet tournament we have to beat Seaford Wednesday,” said head coach Jeff Windish.

Indian River seems to match up well with Seaford, as both teams have lost meets with Polytech and Cape Henlopen to similar scores.

“My kids have been wrestling really hard going down the stretch. I like our chances going into the match,” said Windish.

The Indians faced their toughest opponent of the year in Caesar Rodney last week — a match in which senior captain D.J. Singleterry was the only one to post a victory.

“I couldn’t be happier with a loss. There were a few matches when my guys could’ve given up some pins to them but they didn’t. They fought hard against one of the best teams in the country,” said Windish. “Their team is so good they’re in a league of their own.”

Without skipping a beat, Indian River bounced back to grind out a tough victory over their southern conference rival Lake Forest.

The meet started fast for the Indians as Graham Esender (152) gutted out a tough match, pinning his opponent with only nine seconds remaining. Andy Bokinsky (160) won his match by forfeit and Perry Townsend (189), D.J. Singleterry (215), and Mario Robles (HW) followed suit, winning their matches by pin. Mark Magaha (103) and P.J. Barch (112) pulled up the rear winning their matches by decision and forfeit, respectively.

“We had a couple of tough losses. Nate Kortvelesy (171) lost his match but, on a positive note, because he didn’t give up the pin — which was crucial for the team’s win,” said Windish. “Mark Giblin (125) and Mike Willis (130) both lost their matches by decision after leading going into the third period. We just couldn’t hold onto those matches,” said Windish.

The four best teams from the southern division will make it to the dual meet tournament Feb.9 with the first seed wrestling the fourth seed, and the second wrestling the third seed. The winners of the two matches will meet to determine who will be the next southern division champion.

The Henlopen Athletic Conference Wrestling Tournament will be held at Sussex Central high school on Friday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 19. The preliminary matches begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday and the semi-final matches begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. As Indian River’s only two ranked wrestlers, D.J. Singleterry and Andy Bokinsky will also compete at the individual state tournament later this month.