Harter’s mat triumph
ROCKFORD, Ill.—The Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation (IKWF) held its Sectional Tournaments on Saturday as a qualifying event to the annual State Championships in Rockford. Three Harter Middle School wrestlers placed in the top three at their respective weights. The top three in each weight class qualify for State. John McCaffrey (3rd Place—Novice) and Riley Vanik (2nd place–Novice) of the Martinez Fox Valley Elite Wrestling Club advance out of the South Elgin Sectional, while Zach Parker (3rd place–Senior) of the Knights Wrestling Club advanced out of the Rochelle Sectional.
Falling one win short of a trip to State with 4th-place finishes were Nathan Orosco and Luke Eggenberger of Martinez and Austin Parks of the Knights.
Vanik, McCaffrey and Parker are among the 24 qualifiers at each weight that will compete in the championships on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, at the BMO Harris Bank Centre in Rockford.