Boyle breaks out at wrestling Sectional
Photo: Kaneland’s Jimmy Boyle (285 lbs) is no stranger to Champaign, Ill., having gone to 2010 State. File Photo
KANELAND—It’s familiar territory for Knights heavyweight Jimmy Boyle.
Familiar but exceptional territory for the senior, who now goes to the IHSA Class 2A State tournament at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., this weekend.
Boyle goes down for the second consecutive year after a second-place showing at the Rochelle Sectional on Friday and Saturday.
Boyle, now with a 36-6 mark on the season, began the gathering with a 3-1 win in overtime over Ottawa’s Robby Marotta. He then beat Marian Central Catholic’s Scott Taylor by 3-0 count in another overtime before losing to LaSalle-Peru’s Jason Huebbe, 3-1, in the championship final.
The only other finalist for Kaneland was Nick Michels at 171 pounds, who lost in the third-place matchup to Freeport’s Armond Hollins by a 7-2 count. Michels began the sectional with an 8-2 win over Washington’s Dan Massengill, and then lost to Marengo’s Mark Hendricks in a 4-2 decision.
Michels then beat Sterling’s Jeremy Galvan, 14-8, to go into the third-place final.
For Boyle, his first test this weekend is Riverside-Brookfield’s John Schraidt, with the winner facing Vernon Hills’ Jeremy Brazil.