Kaneland wrestling sends Davidson, Boyle to Champaign
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€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