by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—When you have evenings like Thursday against Marmion Academy, you have to look for bright spots.
A 59-15 loss in dual action to the Cadets brought the Knights to 9-15 in dual competition, with IHSA regionals looming this weekend.
Already finding themelves behind 35-0, Kyle Davidson earned the first collected points for Kaneland after a 7-6 win in the 152-pound matchup.
Davidson had a 3-2 lead before having to come from behind in the final two minutes with a takedown, and withstood a near-fall at the end to secure the win.
“I was down one, and I knew I had to score,” Davidson said. “I muscled him over and got my turn, looked at the clock and just rode it out.”
Keagan Mattes earned a pinfall in the 189-pound matchup in just 40 seconds.
Ben Kovalick won via forfeit in the 215-pound slot to get the final win for Kaneland.
With the regular season done, Kaneland experienced a dual meet dropoff from a year ago, when the Knights finished 17-9 in 2009-10.
However, the Knights can make hay in the IHSA Class 2A Regional, set for Saturday, Feb. 5, at Sycamore High School. Accompanying schools in the eight-team group are Burlington Central, Dixon, Freeport, Hampshire, Rochelle, Sycamore and Wheaton Academy. Worthy grapplers to make it out of Saturday’s tussle head to Rochelle for the sectional on Saturday, Feb. 12.