Wrestlers tussle with Yorkville in losing effort
Photo: Kaneland’s Dan Goress was one of four Knights who earned a win against visiting Yorkville last Thursday night, winning by major decision 18-5. The Knights lost to the Foxes 45-19. Photo by Ben Draper
Knights also face 3 foes in home weekend quad
KANELAND—You can have a plan to be aggressive on the wrestling mat, but unless it manifests during mat time, no win is automatic.
Kaneland’s meet against visiting Yorkville had some nice moments for the Knights, but the Foxes’ strong attack took hold in a 45-19 win.
Saturday turned a little better, with a home quad resulting in wins over Geneva and Belvidere North before a loss to Rock Island.
Kaneland’s dual record is now 6-7.
Wins over the rival Foxes took the form in bouts like a Connor Williams 9-6 win in the 120-pound match and Esai Ponce’s 1:55 pin in the 132-pound match.
“You try to score as much as you can for your team, because you know you’re giving up weights,” Ponce said of the fact that Kaneland forfeits at several weight classes during dual meets. “I feel we can do a lot better than last year.”
Dan Goress, at 145, won a 16-5 major decision, and Nick Sharp took the 220-pound match in 1:41.
“We’re just going to pound basic drill after basic drill,” KHS coach Monty Jahns said. “We’re not attacking enough on our feet. We need to be offensive wrestlers.”
Kaneland went pin happy against rival Geneva in a 42-38 win.
Adam Mish (106 pounds), Stephen Gust (113), Dane Goodenough (126), Ponce, Sonny Horn (138) and Goress all came away with pins.
Ponce’s 12-second fall was the quickest in the head-to-head encounter.
Kaneland also beat Belvidere North 51-21.
Zach Theis took heavyweight glory in a 42-second pinfall, while Mish earned a pin in 2:20.
Teammate Gust won a fall in 1:10, and Williams went the distance in an 8-6 win. In addition to a forfeit, Ponce (:58), Horn (1:48) and Goress (1:17) all took pins.
The only team blemish for KHS was a 45-18 loss to Rock Island.
Gust won a 7-0 battle, while Ponce was victorious in 5-1 fashion. Goress won a 7-2 match, while the final two wins went to Sharp (9-3) and Theis (3:10).
Kaneland travels to Woodstock for a dual on Saturday, Dec. 22.