Wrestlers see encouraging signs at DeKalb, Woodstock

By on January 9, 2009

While wrestling is getting its licks in on opposing teams, the Knights would probably like to stop the opposition from getting its fair share.

The grapplers in black-and-white finished off the Don Flavin Invite on Dec. 30 with a fifth-place finish in the DeKalb-hosted gathering. Rockton Hononegah bested DeKalb 42-18 in the championship.

The first meet of 2009 featured the Knights traveling to Woodstock High School to face off against Jacobs and Mundelein.

After a split on Saturday, the Knights sit with a 8-12 record in dual action.

To finish the Don Flavin Invite after suffering three losses the first day, KHS lost to Shepard 41-32, but rallied to beat Mascoutah 57-16. Glenbard West fell victim in the fifth-place consolation battle 30-29.

The Knights fell hard to Mundelein by a 59-6 clip, with Jay Levita at 135 pounds getting a 7-3 decision, and Nick Michels earning an 11-7 win.

Despite some crucial wins, Kaneland failed to get past Jacobs 40-34.

Josh Kuefler, at 119 pounds, earned a pinfal in 1:10 to tie the score at 6-6.

Jay Levita won an 11-5 matchup with Mike Stein of Jacobs to deadlock the dual at 18. Cody McGinnis soon followed with a 2:10 pin in the 152-pound category.

J.T. Webb, at 160 pounds, took a 9-8 decision to go up 28-18 for Kaneland. A.J. Wagner earned a 1:59 pin in the 215-pound class, and heavyweight Jimmy Boyle won his match in 1:30.