Wrestlers leave opponents looking up at lights
Three dual wins on Saturday has grapplers unbeaten
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARKâ€”Ask the likes of Bremen, Lemont and Rochelle high schools if they had a nice weekend.
If it concerns wrestling, chances are they would have rather not faced Kaneland.
For on Saturday, the Knights of the square mat continued their hot start at 9-0 in dual competition.
The Knights beat Western Sun Conference rival Rochelle by a final of 58-17, beat Bremen 65-3 and got past Lemont 30-26.
Falls were accomplished by 103-pounder Esai Ponce (technical fall 5:59), 112-pound Dan Goress (3:55), Devon Scholl at 125 (3:10), Dennis Brettman in the 130-pound match (:57), Mark Southern in the 140-pound clash (4:19), 152-pounder Kyle Davidson (4:00), and JT Webb, who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a reversal and pin at 1:30.
â€œThis is a really big meet,â€ said Webb. â€œI knew I had to do it for my team. I was on my back and I knew I couldnâ€™t lose.â€
Competitors like Davidson are among those who KHS coach Monty Jahns will be counting on for the seasonâ€™s duration.
â€œKyle is aggressive and his confidence level is high right now. Heâ€™s moving well and scoring points,â€ Jahns said.
The win against Rochelle proved a nice barometer for where the coaching staff felt the team was at.
â€œOn our feet, defensively and in the bottom position, I think we were aggressive. We werenâ€™t as aggressive on the top position as we needed to be,â€ KHS coach Monty Jahns said.
Nick Michels took his match with a pinfall in 5:46, and heavyweight Jimmy Boyle won with a fall in 3:31.
Southern (1:53), Davidson (5:16) and Webb (1:46) earned pinfall wins in the rout of Bremen.
Scholl (5:12), Davidson (1:42) and Boyle (3:42) took the pinfall wins against Lemont, with Goress pulling out an overtime win, 4-2, in the 112-pound match.
The wrestling crew heads to DeKalb on Friday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. in a Western Sun battle.
Photo: 112-pound entry Dan Goress makes life difficult in a 65-3 team win vs. Bremen on Saturday. With additional wins over Rochelle and Lemont, the Kaneland Knightsâ€™ undefeated start has produced a No. 10 ranking in Class 2A by illinoismatmen.com.
Photo by Ben Draper