Grapplers take 3rd at final WSC meet

By on January 28, 2010

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