Wrestling: Indian River fends off Milford in Division II showdown

MILFORD – Wednesday night on the road, Indian River’s wrestling squad defeated Milford, 33-30, to avenge last year’s DIAA Dual-Meet state championship round loss to the Bucs.

The three-point dual-meet win improves IR’s season record to 12-1 and marks the first Division II dual-meet loss for Milford in five years.

“Any time you get these two teams together, you’re going to have a brawl, and that’s what it was. We knew coming in it was going to be a match where we had to neutralize bonus points,” IR head coach Jeff Windish said. “We ended up getting some bonus points where we didn’t think we were going to get them, but you know sometimes that’s how a match rolls. They’re a well-coached team. It feels good, it really does, after the two close matches last year. We’re really pleased as a team.”

Ramond Turner wins by 10-0 major decision to clinch a 33-30 dual-meet victory for Indian River Wednesday night in Milford (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

Down 30-29 heading into the meet’s final match, sophomore Ramond Turner earned a 10-0 major decision victory over Milford’s Jacob Bryant to seal the 33-30 victory.

Before he stepped foot on the mat Wednesday night for the IR-Milford rematch, last year’s heartbreaking 32-30 championship loss was in the back of his mind.

“During this match, before I wrestled, it came back into my mind how I let my team down last year,” he said. “So, I just wanted to come back this year and help my team out.”

His major decision victory was more than enough to seal IR’s dual-meet victory.

“He’s a good anchor to have,” coach Windish said of Turner. “I have no problem in most matches sending him out and knowing that I’m going to get what I need to get. He works really hard and the best part about it is he’s only a sophomore.”

Indian River took control early on, building a 16-9 lead through the first four matches with wins by Will Rayne (major decision), Ta’Jon Knight (pin) and Dylan Ely (forfeit).

A major decision victory by Reshawn Turner and a pin from Collin Donaway would push IR’s lead to 11 points, 29-18, with four matches to go.

The Bucs jumped back in it, even taking the 30-29 lead, after three consecutive wins from Bevensky Augustin (pin), Eric Bennett (8-3 decision) and Anthony Diaz (9-6 decision).

IR’s Collin Donaway defeated Milford’s Jeremiah Farrington, by pin in the third period, in the 170-pound match Wednesday night (Sussex Post/Ben Heck).

That’s when Turner stepped up and finished the Bucs off with a dominating 10-0 major decision.

“It’s a good win, I told the kids to enjoy it for the rest of the night, but tomorrow this match is over and we start preparing for the next match,” coach Windish said. “This is a team that likes to be pushed, they’ve really worked hard and they’ve responded to the early-season tournaments and the grind of that. Now they’re getting to have a little bit of fun.”

Full dual-meet results:

106: Corey Messick (M) 11-7 decision over Ian Shaubach (IR)
113: Will Rayne (IR) 14-3 major decision over Trenton Grant (MD)
120: Robbie Rosser (M) pin of Cristian Lopez (IR)
126: Ta’Jon Knight (IR) pin of Randy Mercado-Diaz
132: Dylan Ely (IR) by forfeit
138: Dominic Feightner (M) pin of Connor Sewitsky
145: Aaron King (IR) 6-5 decision over Jordan Passwaters
152: Reshawn Turner (IR) 14-6 major decision over Oscar Rosario (M)
160: Khiry Hovington (M) 6-4 decision over Will Keller (IR)
170: Collin Donaway (IR) pin of Jeremiah Farrington (M)
182: Bevensky Augustin (M) pin of Jose Perez (IR)
195: Eric Bennett (M) 8-3 decision over Zach Schultz (IR)
220: Anthony Diaz (M) 9-6 decision Brock Wingate (IR)
285: Ramond Turner (IR) 10-0 major decision over Jacob Bryant (MD)

Next Wednesday, Jan. 24, Indian River will host a quad-meet with Delmar, Seaford and Nandua (VA) at 4 p.m.

They’ll follow that up with a tri-meet against Sussex Tech and Concord Friday, Jan. 26, before resuming the dual-meet schedule.

“Individually, I think we’re very strong right now, but as a team I think we’re even stronger,” Turner added. “We work well as a team and we know our teammates can help us get points back if we lose some.”

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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