Community Corner: Knights wrestling stays strong through winter months

By on January 16, 2014

by Michelle Parks, Knights Wrestling Club president
Snow is flying in the air, the temperatures are dropping, and as everyone else is bundling up, Kaneland wrestlers are in full swing into their season.

The Kaneland High School varsity wrestling team has made some strong showings at Paletine’s Berman Tournament, with senior Justin Diddell placing fifth, junior Tom Price placing sixth and senior Dane Goodenough placing seventh, and Sycamore’s Invitationa,l where the entire roster placed 17th or higher.

Holding various duel wins over area schools such as Plano and Rochelle, this young team doesn’t look to be buckling under the pressure. Not to be outdone, the JV Team took six wrestlers to the Dekalb Black and Orange Tournament and placed second, with two individual first-place finishers on their roster: freshman Austin Kedzie and sophomore Ben Long.

The high school is getting prepared to go into conference after this coming week, where they will host Rochelle for Senior Night, and then participate in the Kaneland individual tournament.

As Harter Middle School came to a close after winter break, some of their wrestlers merged onto the Knights Wrestling Kids Club mat. Recently, the Knight’s hosted 15 area clubs with a tournament of over 350 wrestlers for their Knights Open. Since their home meet, they have traveled to Stillman Valley, Sycamore and Crystal Lake, as well as Yorkville. Their rookies have dropped into two beginners tournaments in Marengo and Waubonsee Valley, sweeping some top places. This week, the squad will take a break before heading into their last four tournaments. They are laying down some serious miles as they travel to Batavia, Lemont and Dundee Crown in order to ready themselves for the IKWF state series.

All levels of Kaneland Wrestling will band together on Saturday, Jan. 18, 6 to 10 p.m. to host a wrestling social at Calamity Jane’s in Sugar Grove. This event is open to parents of wrestlers of all ages, as well as alumni and all supporters. There will be a silent auction, as well as door prizes.

If you know a Kaneland wrestler, you may have already been hit up for the 2013-14 raffle ticket. The earned monies will go into a split between the high school and kids club to boost both programs. The winning ticket will be pulled at the social. The cost for the event is $10 per person and will include an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, fountain pop and iced tea.

For more info on the social, visit or call Michelle Parks at (815) 216-6007.

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