by Mike Slodki
This might be the Kaneland High School wrestling version of a high-powered passing offense in football or a run-and-gun in basketball.
â€œWe are preaching attack, be aggressive and six minutes of offense,â€ Knights head coach Monty Jahns said.
Himself a state qualifier in 1980-81, the second-year coach realizes the importance of every match during a meet and is eager to see it unfold.
â€œThis year, weâ€™ll see how it goes; we have a lot of tough opponents to deal with,â€ Jahns said.
Gone are personnel like Matt Wagner, Emiliano Ponce and last yearâ€™s lone state qualifier at 145-pounds, Jay Levita.
â€œKids really looked up to Jay and saw how hard he worked,â€ Jahns said.
Returning to the forefront is senior 125-pounder Deven Scholl, who nabbed 24 wins last year.
Also looking to contribute are returnees JT Webb, Joe Levita and Ben Gust, all seniors.
Jahns also likes the prospects of senior Dennis Brettman.
â€œDennis is going to be at 130 and didnâ€™t get a lot of time in varsity, but went undefeated in JV and has looked real strong,â€ Jahns said.
At 189 pounds, Alex Mollohan and Ethan Williams return to the ranks after a couple of years off.
Anchoring the 275-pound group is Jimmy Boyle, team leader in wins a year ago with 30.
â€œJimmy is a hard worker and pushes himself so we donâ€™t have to,â€ Jahns said with a laugh.
Kyle Davidson, with 21 wins in 2008-09, battles at 145 while Josh Kuefler returns to pin opponents at 119.
This also marks the final wrestling go-around with the Western Sun Conference.
â€œI have mixed feelingsâ€”weâ€™ve been wrestling Geneva and Batavia forever and they are good teams; overall itâ€™s a good move,â€ Jahns said.
Photo: Junior Jimmy Boyle looks to make an impact in the 275-pound division for the Kaneland wrestlers. File Photo