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Wrestlers boast two regional champs, five move on

Fortunately for Knights wrestling, offseason plans aren’t starting just yet.

Thanks to a fourth-place finish at Saturday’s regional at Belvidere High School, five Knight grapplers are scheduled to compete at this weekend’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 DeKalb’s Jake Jones. The senior is now 32-6. Scholl finished fourth at last year’s regional.

Davidson (32-9) defeated Burlington Central’s Omar Awad in the third-place encounter by a 18-2 technical fall.

Kovalick (28-15) got past Rockford East’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 Sycamore’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

Kaneland wrestlers handle Hampshire, Marengo

Maple Park–Finishing their last regular season meet on Saturday, Kaneland is going at a pretty good clip to make something happen at Saturday’s packed regional.

Traveling north to Marengo, Kaneland took care of the host Indians by a 42-27 dual score, and wiped Hampshire out with a 48-21 result.

Kaneland’s dual mark is now 17-9 after the two wins.

Against Marengo, Esai Ponce (103 pounds), Devon Scholl (130), Kyle Davidson (145) and Jimmy Boyle (285) all had pinfall victories.

In Kaneland’s win over the Whip-purs, Ponce, Tyler Esposito (119), Scholl, Joe Levita (135), Mark Southern (145) and Chris Sabal (152) all managed pinfall wins.

Now, the Knight grapplers head off to the IHSA Class 2A individual regional in Belvidere on Saturday, Feb. 6. The regional also includes Belvidere, Belvidere North, Burlington Central, DeKalb, Hampshire, Marengo, Rockford East and Sycamore.

The sectional takes place at Sterling on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Grapplers take 3rd at final WSC meet

by Mike Slodki
What better way to show the team-wide improvement from a year ago than at the 2010 Western Sun Conference wrestling meet this past Saturday.

Kaneland High School, much elevated from the eight-place output from 2009, finished third overall with a team score of 129 points that included a first place, four second places and a third.

Yorkville, with 171 points, took the final ever WSC gathering, followed by Sycamore (163.5) and Kaneland.

Batavia (115), last year’s champ, finished fourth, followed by Geneva in fifth with 95 and DeKalb in sixth with 92.

Glenbard South finished in seventh with 58 points and Rochelle finished eighth with 43.

A year ago, Batavia, Sycamore and Yorkville were in the top three spots.

In the 103-pound grouping, freshman Esai Ponce made his way to the first-place nod thanks to a 6-4 overtime win over Adam Wyeth of Yorkville. Ponce also showed impressive swiftness with a 30 second pinfall over Batavia’s Joey Shump.

“I was just going through my mind how to get into position and pin him. I felt I had to step up today because there are tough teams like Sycamore here,” Ponce said.

Ponce began the morning with a 1:40 fall over Sycamore’s Brendon McGehee. The freshman is now 28-6 on the season.

In the 119-pound class, Knights freshman Dan Goress lost in the championship to Yorkville’s Connor Bass by 8-1 decision. Goress made it to the final thanks to a 2:40 pinfall over Batavia’s Evan Christianson.

Devon Scholl finished second in thje 125 group because of a pinfall by DeKalb’s Jake Jones in 5:09. Scholl made it to the final match thanks to a 4:47 technical fall over Sycamore’s Thomas Ernster. Scholl finished third a year ago.

In the 130-pound group, Dennis Brettman finished second. Brettman won a 7-1 matchup over Rochelle’s Danza Walsh and took a 6-4 overtime win over DeKalb’s Evan Jones before losing in a 6-1 clash with Sycamore’s Zack Spiewak.

Junior Corey Taber, who came into Saturday with just two wins, earned third place overall in the 160-pound matches. Taber pinned Rochelle’s Mario Vulpitta in 3:40 and lost to Sycamore’s Luke Pritchard. Taber recovered in the third-place matchup beating Glenbard South’s Alex Keep in a 6-3 affair.

Heavyweight Jimmy Boyle pinned Geneva’s Jake Mills in 1:55 but lost in the championship to Glenbard South’s Austin Teitsma. Boyle also finished second a year ago in the WSC tournament.

Other Kaneland action during the past week had the Knights lose a 47-18 dual to at Sycamore on Jan. 20.

Kaneland wrestlers now prepare for a meeting at Marengo on Saturday, Jan. 30 in a meet that also includes Hampshire.

Photo: 103-pound Kaneland grappler Esai Ponce can be called a conference champ after winning his class at Saturday’s WSC tourney in Yorkville. Photo by Ben Draper

KHS wrestling defends home mat at Flott Invite

Four weight classes won by Knights in invite win
At the annual Flott Wrestling Invite on Saturday, the Knight grapplers saw plenty of first-place accolades come their way in an invite win.

285-pounder Jimmy Boyle, 145-pound entry Kyle Davidson, 112-pounder Dan Goress and 103-pound representative Esai Ponce all came away with top nods against the varied area competition.

Additional noteworthy mornings were had by Devon Scholl finishing second at 125 and Dennis Brettman taking third in the 130 range.

Boyle’s path to glory started with a one minute, 38 second fall over Marian Central Catholic’s Scott Taylor, and then a 5-0 victory over Tim Vincent of Burlington Central. That led to a championship pinfall over Ottawa’s Robby Marotta with just two seconds left in regulation time.

Boyle’s record stands at 28-2.

For Davidson (27-5), his day started with a technical-fall win over Marian Central Catholic’s Tim Skelton in 4:00. Davidson then pinned Burlington Central’s Omar Awad at 4:12, and then took the final match by 12-4 decision over Larkin’s Brett Barry.

In the 112-pound win for Goress (29-5), it started with a 13-2 decision over Rochelle’s Eduardo Macareno, and then continued with a 8-2 win over Prairie Central’s Ben Traub, and ended with a tech fall win at the buzzer over Bo Pradel of Oswego.

Ponce (24-6) took a 6-4 win over Addison Trail’s Luis DeLacruz and won the group with a 12-6 major decision over Elgin’s Nathan Andresen.

Scholl (25-5) beat MCC’s Tyler Hickey in 3:54 andd BC’s Johnny Major in a major decison before succumbing to Addison Trail’s Johnny Delmedico 8-3. Brettman (17-11) beat Adam Polak of St. Joe’s in a 12-4 major decision and lost to Josh Smith of PC, 7-3. In the third-place duel.

Brettman beat Larkin’s Tim Einhorn 4-2.

Other action during the past week had Geneva beat Kaneland 31-30 on Thursday and Batavia get past the Knights on Jan. 13 by a final of 32-30.

KHS now gears up for the Western Sun Conference meet at Yorkville High School on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Top photo: Kyle Davidson (145) is on his way to a technical-fall victory over Marian Central Catholic’s Tim Skelton in 4:00 on Saturday. Photo by Ben Draper

Wrestlers exhibit strong Sycamore Invite showing

by Mike Slodki
With the way Kaneland High School wrestling began the regular season, conventional wisdom would dictate that it would perform better in Saturday’s 34th Sycamore Invite than last year.

That line of thinking proved to be a winner.

Out of 17 teams present in Sycamore’s gym, the Knights finished sixth with 110 points as a team. It beats last year’s 13th place finish out of 16 teams (49.5) points.

While last year featured no top-three finishes, the Knights brought four of them out of Spartanland. Nick Michels took second place in the 171-pound category.

Jimmy Boyle (285), Devon Scholl (125) and Esai Ponce (103) all came away with third place finishes.

With the vastly improved finish, coach Monty Jahns didn’t put the reason soley at one more year’s experience for the squad, or the aggressiveness he wants Kaneland grapplers to employ.

“It’s a little of both,” Jahns said. “The technical skills they have gained over the last year is evident in the practice room and in competition. The coaches stress basic fundamental wrestling combined with high reps and an aggressive attack. When you have wrestlers willing to give the effort and buy into our coaching strategy, it makes coaching much easier and fun.

Lockport took the invite, as it did in 2009, with 193.5 points. Host Sycamore took second with 173 points and Grant had 158.5 for third place.

For the Knights, Michels went 3-1 on the day which began with a 4-minute, 26-second pinfall against Jacobs’ Kyle Cook.

Michels then beat Downers Grove South’s Adam Oakes with an 8-0 major decision. Michels then beat Moline’s Peter Mickiewicz with a 6-1 decision before losing to Lockport’s Matt Andre in the final, 6-2.

In the 285-pound grouping, Boyle pinned Crystal Lake South’s Sam McCole in 2:17 and then took a major decision over Genoa-Kingston’s Skyler Petracosta, 11-0. Moving to the semis, Boyle was defeated in a 3-2 squeaker by Moline’s Jeremy Howell. Boyle then clinched third place with a 9-1 major decision over Hononegah’s Max Geyer.

Scholl’s day started with a pin in 3:12 over Downers Grove South’s Travis Hill. Scholl then beat Harlem’s Mitchel Kennington 8-2. Lockport’s Jameson Oser of Lockport got the best of Scholl with a pin in 3:30 in the semis before the Kaneland asset won a 7-2 decision in the third place match over Sycamore’s Jeff Flanigan.

Ponce began his day with a 5-2 victory over Downers Grove South’s Frank Wenmouth, and then moved on to a 7-0 win over Harlem’s Jordan Northrup. The Kaneland grappler lost a 3-0 matchup with Crystal Lake South’s Nick Fontanetta before taking the third place match in a 3-2 result over Grant’s Cameron Kennedy.

Lying in wait for Kaneland wrestling is a Western Sun Conference battle at Geneva on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Wrestlers leave opponents looking up at lights

Three dual wins on Saturday has grapplers unbeaten
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Ask the likes of Bremen, Lemont and Rochelle high schools if they had a nice weekend.

If it concerns wrestling, chances are they would have rather not faced Kaneland.

For on Saturday, the Knights of the square mat continued their hot start at 9-0 in dual competition.

The Knights beat Western Sun Conference rival Rochelle by a final of 58-17, beat Bremen 65-3 and got past Lemont 30-26.

Falls were accomplished by 103-pounder Esai Ponce (technical fall 5:59), 112-pound Dan Goress (3:55), Devon Scholl at 125 (3:10), Dennis Brettman in the 130-pound match (:57), Mark Southern in the 140-pound clash (4:19), 152-pounder Kyle Davidson (4:00), and JT Webb, who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a reversal and pin at 1:30.

“This is a really big meet,” said Webb. “I knew I had to do it for my team. I was on my back and I knew I couldn’t lose.”

Competitors like Davidson are among those who KHS coach Monty Jahns will be counting on for the season’s duration.

“Kyle is aggressive and his confidence level is high right now. He’s moving well and scoring points,” Jahns said.

The win against Rochelle proved a nice barometer for where the coaching staff felt the team was at.

“On our feet, defensively and in the bottom position, I think we were aggressive. We weren’t as aggressive on the top position as we needed to be,” KHS coach Monty Jahns said.

Nick Michels took his match with a pinfall in 5:46, and heavyweight Jimmy Boyle won with a fall in 3:31.

Southern (1:53), Davidson (5:16) and Webb (1:46) earned pinfall wins in the rout of Bremen.

Scholl (5:12), Davidson (1:42) and Boyle (3:42) took the pinfall wins against Lemont, with Goress pulling out an overtime win, 4-2, in the 112-pound match.

The wrestling crew heads to DeKalb on Friday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. in a Western Sun battle.

Photo: 112-pound entry Dan Goress makes life difficult in a 65-3 team win vs. Bremen on Saturday. With additional wins over Rochelle and Lemont, the Kaneland Knights’ undefeated start has produced a No. 10 ranking in Class 2A by illinoismatmen.com.
Photo by Ben Draper

KHS grapplers manage strong start with 3 wins

by Mike Slodki
BURLINGTON—Why can’t every meet be like this for the Kaneland wrestlers?

While winning against every opponent for the remainder of the year is monumentally tough, the KHS crew saw at least a glimpse of what it was capable of on Saturday.

The Knights won their first three obstacles on Saturday, beating host Burlington Central 40-26, Oswego 27-21 and Freeport 35-6.

Against the host Rockets, pinfalls were had by 103-pounder Esai Ponce (4 minutes, 52 seconds), 112-pounder Dan Goress (1:38), 119-pounder Josh Kuefler (:54) and Nick Michels at 171 (3:41).

125-pound anchor Devon Scholl won a 4-1 decision, and Joe Levita took a 9-2 win at 135. Kyle Davidson, the 152-pound entry, won a 6-3 encounter. 215-pounder Ben Kovalick came out with a 3-2 victory, and heavyweight Jimmy Boyle won 3-1.

When the Knights handled the Panthers, all the wins came on points thanks to Goress (2-0), Kuefler (8-2), 140-pounder Mark Southern (4-1), Davidson (2-0) and Boyle (3-0).

“I just had to be more aggressive,” Boyle said on his win that went the distance. “I could see he was getting a little tired and I just had to keep going.”

Against the Pretzels, the Knights saw impressive wins from Goress (15-1), Dinnis Brettman (11-2) at 130 pounds and 160-pounder JT Webb (17-1).

Photo: 189-pound entry Keagan Mattes, shown wearing a bandage after his Oswego opponent was bleeding, manuevers for points on Saturday. Photo by Mike Slodki

WSC, team honors dished at Winter Sports Awards

Last week saw Kaneland High School dole out its winter athletic awards with four sports being recognized on various levels.

In varsity girls basketball, Mallory Huml was given defensive player of the year, and Mallory Carlson was named most improved player. Katie Hatch and Sarah Rose were named co-MVP’s. Cece Anderson won the Kaneland Knight Award, and Rose was also recognized as a member of the all-Western Sun Conference team. Rose, Anderson, Hatch, Huml, Brianna Hurst, Chassidy Mangers and Alyssa Galvan were also recognized as captains.

In sophomore basketball, Jessica Stouffer and Liz Hylland took the Kaneland Knight awards, while Sydney Bilotta won defensive player. Andrea Dimmig-Potts and Katie Taylor were named co-offensive player of the year. Keara Palpant was given MVP honors.

For the freshman level, Anna Olson took the hustle award, and Katie Tolan won most improved. Christina Janes was named Queen of the Boards, while McKinzie Mangers was given the Dedication award. Kylie Siebert won the Lady Knight award.

For boys basketball, Dave Dudzinski was honored for making the All-WSC team, and was also named as the team’s offensive player of the year.

The Most Improved Player award went to the tandem of Christian Dillon and Sean Paulick. Dudzinski took the team MVP honors, and Curtis Lubic earned the defensive player of the year nod.

Brody Root, Dillon, Mike Prtichard, Lubic, Chris Ott and Joe Spitzzeri were also recognized as captains.

On the freshman level, Eric Eichelberger and Brandon Stahl earned most improved honors, while Jake Razo took home outstanding defensive player, and Jordan Jones was outatanding offensive player.

For the Lady Knights bowling team, Jessica Stebbins was given kudos for high game, high series, and high average.

Danielle Rose earned the most improved award. Emily Curran took home the coaches award and Stebbins, Curran, Kathleen Moravcik and Cassie Wilson were recognized as captains.

For wrestling, Jay Levita was named most valuable wrestler, as well as getting the Bob Domena Memorial Award for hardest worker, and was also given accolades for making the All-WSC team and State.

Jimmy Boyle took the most improved award, while Devon Scholl won the Dave Osman Award for most dedicated. Boyle was given the Russel Anderson Memorial Award, and Matt Weaver took the Heart and Soul Award.

Levita, Weaver and Scholl were also recognized as captains.

Grapplers prep for Sandwich

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

Wrestling nabs two seconds against WSC best at Sycamore

Sycamore High School was the site of the annual Western Sun Conference tournament, and Kaneland wrestling had some success.

While finishing in eighth place, the Knights saw two of their wrestling brethren get to championship matches.

Batavia won the meet with 177.5 points, followed by Sycamore’s 174.5. Yorkville finished in third with 169.5.

DeKalb was fourth with 151.5 points, followed by Rochelle at 86. Geneva (84), Glenbard South (80) and Kaneland (65) rounded out the last three.

Jay Levita, at 145 pounds, earned a 3:32 pin over DeKalb’s Robbie Miller and a 1:37 fall over Yorkville’s Steven Pozeg. Sycamore’s Sean Akins pinned Levita in the final in three minutes.

Levita’s teammate Jimmy Boyle won over Colton Mejorado of Yorkville in the 285-pound group (1:42 fall), and took a 2-0 OT decision over Sycamore’s Luke Sgarlata before getting pinned in the final by Raider Austin Teistma.

Devon Scholl finished third at 125 pounds after outlasting Glenbard South’s Pat Williams 6-0.
130-pound entry Matt Weaver finished fourth on a day that included a 2-1 win over Geneva’s Collin Callahan.

The grapplers hope to make an impression on Hampshire, Marengo and Sycamore while hosting a quad on Friday, Jan. 30, at 5:30 p.m.

KHS earns 6th at Flott Invite; Levita takes 2nd at 145

Ten Knights battle through competition to place in weight classes

Kaneland wrestling (10-15, 2-4 WSC) had a chance to put competition on notice, and a good number of the Knights did just that.

At the Margaret Flott Memorial Wrestling Invite on Saturday at Kaneland High School, Addison Trail won the meeting with 178.5 points, while Kaneland finished with 120 points.

Prairie Central of Fairbury finished second with 136.5 points and Burlington Central took third with 132 points, out of 13 schools.

Several Kaneland grapplers did their school and faithful proud during the day.

Ryan Goodenough, at 103 pounds, finished fourth overall. Teammate Tyler Esposito had a fourth-place finish at 112 pounds. Josh Kuefler finished sixth at 119 pounds. 125-pounder Devon Scholl also took sixth in his group. At 135 pounds, Dennis Brettman finished in sixth place. Kyle Davidson took fourth in the 140-pound group. Jay Levita was runner-up at 145 pounds. At 152 pounds, Cody McGinnis finished fifth. J.T. Webb finished sixth at 160 pounds. Heavyweight Jimmy Boyle took third in his grouping.

Goodenough got a pin over Burlington Central’s Jon Wight in 1:40 in his grouping before losing to Nathan Andresen of Elgin in 4:51.

Esposito beat Prairie Central’s Joey Reis 15-5 in his grouping but lost to Burlington’s Omar Awad 10-4 in the third place match.

Kuefler beat Josh Reece of St. Edward in the consolation bracket on his way to sixth.

Scholl beat Marengo’s Torben Hoffmeyer 14-0 in the consolation bracket and Ottawa’s Zack Harvey in 1:28 with a pinfall before losing to Oswego’s Ross Reeder in the fifth place match.

Brettman earned a 13-2 decision over Oswego’s Angel Ortiz and a 3-0 decision over Burlington’s Al Willett and a 1:43 pinfall over Elgin’s Ryan Anderson.

Davidson beat Sebastian Altamirano of Elgin in 1:08 and St. Joseph’s Zach Moreno in :54.

The top finisher on the day for Kaneland was Levita as he took care of Larkin’s Perry Allerton with a 2:24 pinfall. He then stuck Prairie Central’s Alex Reis with a 3:30 pinfall before losing 11-2 to Joey Moorhouse of Marengo.

McGinnis earned a 4:29 win over Oswego’s Dan Roman and won the fifth-place match with a 12-8 win over Ottawa’s Derek Martin.

Webb earned a technical fall over Marengo’s Jon Goerke in 3:23 and pinned Ottawa’s Tony Downey in 5:12 before falling to Jon DiBuono of Oswego in 3:27.

Boyle earned a :54 pin against Marian Central Carholic’s Josh LaLuz, and later nabbed a 1-0 win for third place over Ed Nevarez.

Kaneland’s 39-34 win over Geneva on Thursday also featured Senior Night, and wins by Matt Weaver, Levita, A.J. Wagner, and Boyle.

Kaneland now gears up for a meet featuring the other WSC schools at the WSC Tournament in Sycamore on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 9 a.m.

Photo: Kaneland’s Ryan Goodenough (103) battles Prairie Central during his fourth-place day at the Flott Invitational on Saturday in Maple Park. Photo by Ben Draper

Wrestlers look to get up off mat

by Mike Slodki

Kaneland is looking at their share of individual accomplishment, but also looks to get past some tough losses as the calendar turns to 2009.

Kaneland lost on Friday in dual action to Western Sun Conference rival Dekalb, 48-18.
The Knights also competed at the annual Sycamore tournament on Saturday, finishing 13th out of 16 teams.

However, the Knights rebounded on Tuesday night after a 41-27 loss to Batavia with a 33-30 win over Morris.

Kaneland’s head-to-head mark is 9-16.

At the Sycamore tournament, the Knight grapplers garnered 49.5 points, beating out McHenry by five points. Lockport (243.5), Hononegah (205.5) and Grant (177.5) finished in the top three.

Kaneland had a few individual places to be proud of at the home of the Spartans.

At 119 pounds, Josh Kuefler finished in seventh place. After losing a 4-2 decision to Crystal Lake South’s Tom Gerszewski, he came back after a bye and defeated Rock Island’s Darius Henderson 10-4. After losing the consolation semi, Kuefler pinned Cary-Grove’s Corey Meyer in 5:25 to nab seventh.

125-pounder Devon Scholl finished in fourth thanks to a 3-0 decision over Crystal Lake South’s D.J. Nee, and a 15-6 major decision over Harlem’s Jake Papke. Scholl dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to Sycamore’s Jeff Flanigan in the third place match.

Jay Levita, at 145 pounds, finished fourth, with a 23-14 major decision over York’s Matt Williams and an 18-2 techinical fall over Downers Grove South’s Jeff Idle.

Jimmy Boyle, at 145 pounds, also took fourth, with wins over Rock Island’s Travis Blecher in 2:34 and a 3-1 win over Sycamore’s Luke Sgarlata.

Scholl, Cody McGinnis, AJ Wagner and Boyle came away with wins over the Bulldogs.
Levita had a pinfall after tussling on the ground with his opponent; the referee imploring some grappling action.

“I usually try to be the first guy to do something on the mat, and I just tried a move and it worked and I got the pin,” Levita said.

Levita feels this year’s corps of varsity vets can lead by example.

“ We can definitely lead. The guys on varsity last year did that for us, and we can show how to be aggressive,” Levita said.

The JV crew lost 34-21 to Batavia on Thursday.

Kaneland gears up for more challenges on Thursday, Jan. 15 against visiting Batavia and hosts the the Margaret Flott Memorial Wrestling Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Wrestlers earn 1 win out of 3 at Saturday’s Argo quad

            Knights wrestling probably couldn’t think of a better present for itself after two weeks of no meets than to get back on the mat and start pinning people.

            The giving began on Saturday out at south suburban Argo High School in Summit for a quad also featuring Chicago’s St. Patrick and Kelly High Schools.

            The Knights lost to St. Patrick 42-33, but beat Kelly 44-27 before losing to host Argo 32-26. In dual meet competition, the Knights sit at 5-7.

            Knight grapplers who secured wins against the St. Patrick Shamrocks of the East Suburban Catholic included 125-pound entry Devon Scholl who won his match 7-1, Matt Weaver at 130 pounds who got a pinfall in 38 seconds, Kyle Davidson at 140 who eked out a 7-6 win, 145-pound asset Jay Levita with a 2:46 pinfall and heavyweight Jimmy Boyle with a 9-3 win.

            Against the Kelly Trojans, Kaneland soared to victory thanks to a 6-0 win by School, a technical fall by Levita in 3:10, a 1:28 fall by 160-pounder J.T. Webb.

171-pound grappler Tim Meyer also won his matchup with a 9-6 total.

            In the close loss to the host Argonauts, 103-pounder Ryan Goodenough took a technical fall in four minutes. Scholl took a pinfall in 3:59 and Weaver won a 7-6 affair.

            Teammate Emiliano Ponce won his matchup 8-6, Davidson earned a pin in 3:48 and Levita won his matchup by an 8-7 clip.

            Coming up for the Knights is the usual Don Flavin stop in DeKalb which takes place on Monday, Dec. 29 and Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Kaneland wrestlers fighting through early season struggles

            Kaneland’s wrestling squad is giving its members valuable experience, but it probably wishes it could see more of the winning kind.

            After the first two meets of the regular season, the Knight grapplers under coach Monty Jahns have a 1-5 dual meet.

            Tuesday, Nov. 25 had Kaneland travel to the tough East Moline United meet and get defeated by Moline 49-9, Rock Island 30-26 and East Moline United 45-26.

            Good news did find its way to the Knights at the meet though.

            Josh Kuefler, at 119 pounds, won all three of his matches. Meanwhile, 125-pounder Devon Scholl won two matches, 140-pounder Kyle Davidson won two, as did Jimmy Boyle at the heavyweight category.

            The lone win on Saturday in a four way meetup was against Freeport, 50-28.

However, in a 45-36 loss to Oswego, Emiliano Ponce got a pin at 2:51 in the 135-pound class. Boyle earned a pin at 2:57. Kaneland also lost to Burlington Central, 47-24.

            Next up, the Knights take on Bremen, Lemont and Rochelle at the home of the Hubs.

Grapplers set to begin Jahns era

by Mike Slodki

            A less prepared team might be scrambling.

            With former coach Gary Baum stepping down after a 20-year coaching career and the departure of four graduates, fans would understand if Kaneland wrestling got off to a slower-than-normal start.

            But with new head coach Monty Jahns, himself a former Knight wrestler and longtime assistant coach, it is going to be business as usual and hitting the mat running.

            “We are going to miss Coach Baum,” Jahns said. “Leadership was his biggest quality, and I hope to carry that on with these guys, along with dedication and making these guys the best wrestlers they can be.”

            Jahns is joined by Rob Bohaczyk, Jeremy Kenny and Joe Thorgesen on the coaching staff.

            Looking to make a name for themselves are Paul Morning at 112 pounds, Devon Scholl at 119 pounds and Matt Weaver at the 125-pound class.

            Kyle Davidson looks to pin down the competition at the 140 class. Senior Jay Levita, fresh off a postseason in which he stood out at last year’s regionals, sits at 145. Keagan Mattes begins at 171 and Jimmy Boyle takes over Fabrizius’ old spot at 285.

            “We want the kids to battle for seven minutes, finish the match strong and never give up,” Jahns said.

            Tuesday, Nov. 25, has Kaneland traveling to East Moline United.