by Mike Slodki
Kaneland wrestling needed one last tune-up before this Saturday’s IHSA Class 2A regional at Sandwich High School.
Time will tell how key the triangular with Marengo and Hampshire was in preparation for the postseason gathering.
With Kaneland’s 45-29 loss to the Marengo Indians and the 63-18 win over first-year program Hampshire, the final dual mark for the Knights is 11-16 (2-5 Western Sun Conference).
Noteworthy pins against the Indians were accomplished by 103-pound asset Ryan Goodenough, 119-pounder Josh Kuefler and 125-pounder Devon Scholl.
“All I did, basically, was try to go out there with intensity, and we needed pins,” Scholl said.
Scholl’s bracket on Saturday morning in Sandwich looks like a gauntlet, with competitors like Yorkville’s Jed Lightfoot and Rochelle’s Geoff Huntley.
“125 is pretty stacked, it’s pretty tough,” Scholl said. “Going through the season, you tough it out and dig deep and that’s what you have to do there.”
Besides KHS, Yorkville, Rochelle and the host Indians, the regional also houses Aurora Central Catholic, Oswego and Sycamore.
Individual standouts will meet up at the LaSalle-Peru Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 14, along with personnel from the Peoria Woodruff, Pontiac and Geneseo regionals.
Photo: Kaneland’s Kyle Davidson (140) tries to bring his Glenbard South opponent down during the WSC invite at Sycamore High School on Saturday, January 24. Photo by John DiDonna