Wrestlers boast two regional champs, five move on
Fortunately for Knights wrestling, offseason plans arenâ€™t starting just yet.
Thanks to a fourth-place finish at Saturdayâ€™s regional at Belvidere High School, five Knight grapplers are scheduled to compete at this weekendâ€™s sectional out at the home of the Sterling Golden Warriors.
Esai Ponce (103 pounds), Devon Scholl (125), Kyle Davidson (145), Ben Kovalick (215) and Jimmy Boyle (285) will all see sectional action, with Dan Goress (112) and Dennis Brettman (130) as alternates due to fourth-place finishes.
Sycamore, with 205.5 points on the day, was crowned regional champ, while Burlington Central finished second with 160.5 points. Marengo finished third at 126.5, while the Knights had 120.5 to their credit.
The Knights finished ahead of DeKalb and Rockford East (114 points each).
Belvidere North, Belvidere and Hampshire rounded out the last three spots.
In the 103-pound class, Ponce (33-7) took Brady Weinrich of Burlington Central through a 9-0 major decision for a third-place finish.
Scholl was named regional champ after a 2-0 decision over DeKalbâ€™s Jake Jones. The senior is now 32-6. Scholl finished fourth at last yearâ€™s regional.
Davidson (32-9) defeated Burlington Centralâ€™s Omar Awad in the third-place encounter by a 18-2 technical fall.
Kovalick (28-15) got past Rockford Eastâ€™s Matdy Vongsouvanh with an 8-6 decision.
Boyle, a junior, improved to 37-3 with a first-place showing that culminated with a 3-2 win over Sycamoreâ€™s Zack Fraedrich in the final.
Kaneland tries to get all five wrestlers into the State gathering at the Sterling Sectional beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, and continuing on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m.
Photo: Devon Scholl