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State-qualifier Boyle takes fourth at elite meet

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Senior Jimmy Boyle, who has been no slouch on the football field for Kaneland High School, now has something to remember his time as a wrestler by.

Namely, a fourth-place finish at the IHSA Class 2A State wrestling meet in the 285-pound weight class on Friday and Saturday.

His best season-ending finish behind him, Boyle knew it felt different down in Champaign, Ill., despite having traveled for the elite meet a year ago.

“It did feel different,” Boyle said. “I was talking with the coaches down there, and it was the feeling of any time could have been my last match.”

Boyle, who was a consistent cornerstone in the heavyweight category the last three years, began the weekend with a 1-0 decision over Riverside-Brookfield’s John Schraidt.

Boyle also took care of Schraidt in the first-round matchup a year ago, via pinfall in 3:33.

Next, Boyle fell to State runner-up Jeremy Brazil of Vernon Hills High School by pinfall in 4:23.

In perhaps the most gratifying bout for Boyle, he won his wrestleback with Marmion Academy’s Alex Fritz by 3-2 decision.

“I really wanted to win that one for a little revenge. He beat me on Senior Night and I really didn’t want that to be the end,” Boyle said.

LaSalle-Peru’s Jason Huebbe defeated Boyle by 6-0 decision in the third-place encounter.

Ross Ferraro of Lemont is the champion after beating Brazil, 4-3.

With his wrestling time finished and Boyle eyeing a football trade in college, the senior feels he made huge strides on the mat.

“I think my conditioning and confidence really improved. I was able to try new things and I really opened up,” Boyle said.

Boyle is looking at Division II St. Joseph’s College in Indiana, now soon to be home of fellow KHS athletes Tyler Callaghan and Andie Strang.

With the end of the campaign, Kaneland wrestling says goodbye to seniors
Boyle, Kyle Davidson (2010 State qualifier), Tyler Esposito, Zach Ganz,
Keagan Mattes, Cody McGinnis, Nick Michels, Chris Sabal and Cory Taber.

THE BOYLE FILES
CASE No. 285
2010-2011: 38-8; 4th in State for Class 2A
2009-2010: 41-5
2008-2009: 30-10

Grapplers take on four squads tough week

KANELAND—While Kaneland wrestling has nabbed some nice individual wins lately, the dual meet results that are desired are harder to come by.

On Thursday, the Knights dropped a 44-16 result to the visiting Yorkville Foxes. On Saturday, Kaneland faced Dixon, Geneva and Rock Island. KHS lost to Geneva, 46-27, and also lost to Rock Island, before beating Dixon 58-15.

Kaneland’s dual meet mark is now 3-9.

Against Yorkville, 119-pounder Esai Ponce won a decision over Adam Wyeth, 4-1. 130-pound teammate Dan Goress won a 13-4 major decision over Brennan Sharp, Ben Kovalick took a forfeit at 215, and 285-pound entry Jimmy Boyle won a 3-0 matchup with Seth Gonzalez.

On Saturday in Maple Park, wins over the Vikings came from five matches.

Kovalick pinned Viking David James in three minutes, 43 seconds. Boyle eked out a 1-0 win over Jake Mills. Connor Williams won a 103-pound match by forfeit. Ponce pinned Geneva’s Kyle Roberts in 1:44 and Goress took a forfeit.

In the win over the Dukes, Williams, Ponce, Goress, Kyle Davidson, Cory Taber and Nick Michels had wins.

On Thursday, Dec. 23, Kaneland hopes to get some production on the mat this winter break with wins over Mundelein, Richmond-Burton and host Woodstock.

Photo: Dan Goress, shown here in earlier action this season, earned a major decision in his 130-pound encounter against Yorkville on Thursday. File Photo

FVCC students of the month

KANELAND—KHS students Josiah “Joe” Camilliere, EMT; Collin Ellingwood, Graphic Communications II; Damien Gilbert, Welding I; Alexandra Leonhard, Graphic Communications II; Dylan Muir, Auto Technology I; Austin Norell, Auto Technology I; and Cory Taber, Welding I, were named Fox Valley Career Center students of the month for October 2010.

Students receive this acknowledgment by demonstrating an ability to do excellent work and accomplish goals for their particular career training program.

Winter sports preview: Wrestlers look to increase 19-win total in 2010-11

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—With a solid core coming back for coach Monty Jahns’ third season at the helm and a program that thrives on aggressiveness, opponents will have to take short relief in the fact that the Knights are still waiting for athletes to get back from football.

Those include returning State qualifiers Kyle Davidson and Jimmy Boyle. Davidson’s weight class could be 152, while Boyle will stake claim to heavyweight status.

After making it to the big dance in Champaign in February, this year takes on a different light as returnees from State.

“I think they will get that respect,” Jahns said. “I would hope that they’ll take that and lead the team with it. We want to develop six or seven more of those guys this year.”

Returnees also include Zach Ganz (189), Josh Kuefler (who returns from a December injury at 130), Keagan Mattes (189), Cody McGinnis, Nick Michels (171), Tyler Esposito (119) and super sophs Esai Ponce (112) and Dan Goress (125).

“(Esai and Dan) have put a lot of time in the weight room and gained some size so they’ll be able to compete physically with a lot of these kids,” Jahns said.

For the 103-pound slot, look for sophs Stephen Gust and Connor Williams to grapple opponents, while the middleweights will be decided between a handful of juniors and seniors. Cory Taber looks to get time at 160. Ben Kovalick looks to cement the 215-pound category

A 19-10 dual meet record looks to be eclipsed, and Jahns’goal of 20 could be a possibility if some factors fall into place.

“It’s all basics,” Jahns said. “Basics and hard work, and we’ve got a good group here now. They’re all working and busting their butts to get in shape early and be ahead of their opponent.”