Photo: Heavyweight Jimmy Boyle makes his first appearance at State with the most wins in the 285-pound category of all the qualifiers in Champaign. File Photo
by Mike Slodki
Every IHSA wrestler with high aspirations has a goal of visiting Champaign in February for the State tournament.
In 2010, that group includes 145-pound Kaneland wrestler Kyle Davidson and 285-pound teammate Jimmy Boyle.
Thanks to third-place, do-or-die finishes on Saturday at the Class 2A Sterling Sectional, Kaneland will once again have a presence down at State.
A year ago, coach Monty Jahnsâ€™ crew sent down Jay Levita at 135 pounds.
Davidson (36-10) defeated Richmond-Burtonâ€™s Connor Graves in the third-place match, thanks to a 5-2 decision.
â€œGoing into the match, I beat him earlier this year, he was wrestling good and I was wrestling good,â€ Davidson said. â€œIt didnâ€™t really kick in for a couple hours.â€
Kyle Davidson, a 145-pound entry, finished in third place at the Sterling Sectional. File Photo
Davidson, who improved on his 2009 total of 21 wins, faces Ishmael Rempson of Rich Central High School (32-5) in a first-round matchup. The winner faves Triadâ€™s Josh Ballard (45-5).
Even though Davidson lacks a first-round bye traditionally given to the higher seed, Davidson is right where he wants to be.
â€œIf itâ€™s better wrestlers that have the bye, then theyâ€™ll be looking down on me, and I can surprise them,â€ Davidson said.
Boyle comes into State at 40-4, the most wins out of anyone in the heavyweight division.
â€œI wanted to get to State with 40 wins, and there was a lot running through my head last weekend,â€ Boyle said. â€œI had to make sure I got out there and won.â€
The junior, who beat LaSalle-Peruâ€™s Jason Huebbe by a 3-1 decision in Sterling, has a challenge in Riverside-Brookfieldâ€™s John Schraidt (27-7) in the opener, with the right to face Springfieldâ€™s David Kasper.
â€œI like it because you get to wrestle right away and youâ€™re not sitting around all day,â€ Boyle said.
Joining Boyle from other Western Sun schools in the 285-pound class is DeKalbâ€™s Alex Robinson and Glenbard Southâ€™s Austin Teitsma.
Recent KHS wrestlers at State