Photo: Kaneland varsity wrestlers faced off against Sycamore at Sycamore High School on Thursday, December 2. Here, Jimmy Boyle (285 lbs) lifts his opponent off the ground. Boyle won this match 10-2. Photo by John DiDonna
KANELAND—On the first weekend of the season with tangible snow on the ground, the Knight wrestlers made opponent T.F. South feel like an ill-equipped car—no traction.
In a 40-22 win over T.F. South on Saturday, KHS earned one win at a triangular at Lemont High School, but fell in a 48-21 clash to the host Indians. KHS also dropped a Northern Illnois Big XII matchup at Sycamore, 51-19 on Thursday.
The Knights now sit at 2-4, with an 0-1 mark in the first go-around of Northern Illinois Big XII action.
In the win vs. the Rebels, the fun began in the 189-pound matchup as Keagan Mattes picked up a pin in two minutes, 32 seconds. Mattes was already up 2-0 when he secured the winning combination. With the Knights leading 12-0, heavyweight asset Jimmy Boyle went the distance in a 10-0 decision for a 16-0 KHS lead. Boyle never fell behind after an early takedown.
Up 34-9 after several forfiets, Knight Andrew Essex took his 140-pound matchup over James Cooper in 3:32, after already leading 8-1. That marked the final fall to go Kaneland’s way before the Rebels closed the margin.
Up ahead for Kaneland wrestling is a trip to conference-mate DeKalb on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m.