Knights Wrestling Club kicked off a tremendous trio of tournaments once the green flag was dropped on this year’s wrestling season. They threw open the doors to Kaneland High School to host the Knights Open on Dec. 9, with over 20 members participating, many for the very first time. Out of such a strong showing, they had many place, including first-place finishes by Cayden Parks (Tots), Jack Certa (Intermediate) and Preston Havis (Senior).
The Knights then marched their way to a first-time appearance in the Hinsdale Red Devil Rumble on Dec.16. With a smaller travel group, they still made quite a splash out east, with first-place finishes by Parks and Cooper Christman (Bantam); fourth-place finishes by Certa (Intermediate) and Sam Girolamo (Intermediate); fifth-place finishes by Jack Parker (Tots), Caden Grabowski (Bantam) and Brenden Parks (Novice).
Not taking time to rest, the next stop on the list was Belvidere Bandits Holiday Brawl. Once again, being a first-time visitor to the Bandits home, Knights showed what they were about with first-place finishes by Chase Brennan (Tots), Cayden Parks and Jace Black (Intermediate); second-place finishes by Parker, Christman and Certa; Third-place finishes for Evan Ross (Tots) and Brenden Parks. Every Knight who showed placed at this tournament.
The Knights will spend the holidays in Sycamore at the Good Guy Tournament on Monday, Dec. 30. The new year will have them splitting into two to make duel appearances at Waubonsees Braves Rookie Tournament and Machesney Park’s Mid-Season Preview on Sunday, Jan. 6.