Grapplers finish fourth at Don Flavin Invite
The wrestlers improved to 15-6 in dual meets this season after a productive Don Flavin Invite in Dekalb that saw the Knights finish in fourth place.
The 11-team meet had Kaneland start off on a high note with Waubonsie Valley on Dec. 29, and also lose to Bloomington 36-35 and beat St. Viator 63-13.
On Dec. 30, the championship bracket had Kaneland beat Elmhurstâ€™s York High School 32-29, and lose to Rocktonâ€™s Hononegah 44-18 in the semis before dropping a 40-24 decision to Naperville North.
Ultimately, Hononegah captured the title with a 41-27 win over Stillman Valley. Pewaukee High School of Wisc. beat Prospect 34-26 to take fifth place.
Against St. Viator in the opening session, falls were had by 215-pounder Ben Kovalick, 103-pound entry Esai Ponce, 112-pounder Dan Goress, 119-pounder Tyler Esposito, Deven Scholl at 125, 140-pounder Spencer Bergstrom, JT Webb at 160 pounds, 171-pounder Nick Michels and 189-pounder Keagan Mattes.
In the loss to Bloomington, Esposito earned a fall, while Davidson earned a 17-1 technical fall to keep it close.
Against York, Jimmy Boyleâ€™s win in the heavyweight category by decision gave the Knights the three-point win.
Kaneland wrestling now gets set for a road jaunt to Sycamore on Thursday, Jan. 7, and the Sycamore Invite on Saturday, Jan. 9.
Photo: 171-pound Knight wrestler
Nick Michels had a
productive Flavin Invite, which included
a pinfall vs. St. Viator
of Arlington Heights, Ill.