by Mike Slodki
Just call them Kanelandâ€™s 11.
While not quite on the same scale of the ensemble movie that was released eight years ago this month, the Knights wrestling squad has shown a penchant for boosting victoriesâ€” 11 of them in factâ€”as opposed to zero dual losses.
The Knights went into DeKalb and solved the Barbs 28-16 on Friday, and took care of visiting Glenbard South 53-18.
On Friday, 103-pounder Esai Ponce earned a 56-second pin, and 112-pound entry Dan Goress won a technical fall in six minutes. Deven Scholl, at 125, won an 8-6 decision. Mark Southern at 140 won an 8-7 decision. Chris Sabal, at 145, took a 3-2 decision. 160-pounder JT Webb stuck a pin at 1:26. 171-pounder Nick Michels won an 8-4 decision, and Ben Kovalick took a 7-1 decision at 215.
Against the Raiders on Tuesday, Michels took a pin with 57 seconds left in regulation, and Kovalick won 3-1 in his match. Goress won 11-4. Tyler Esposito managed a pin in the 119-pound matchup.
Dennis Brettman was down 5-2 in the 130-pound match and managed to leave regulation tied at 7 until executing a takedown in overtime for a 9-7 win.
â€œI really started out dead but saw opportunities and got a lot of points and tied it up. It was just not letting him score and doing a takedown,â€ Brettman said.
Joe Levita took an 11-5 win in 135-pound action. Sabal earned a pin, and Kyle Davidson won on a technical fall in a 15-0 affair at 152. Webb also earned a pin.
It all leads to a WSC showdown vs. Yorkville on Thursday, Dec. 17. KHS is ranked 10th in 2A according to Illinoismatmen.com, and Yorkville is ranked fifth.
Photo: 160-pounder JT Webb is a main reason for the hot undefeated start for Kaneland wrestling. Webb earned two pinfalls in this past week of competition. File Photo