Kaneland wrestling sends Davidson, Boyle to Champaign

By on February 18, 2010

Photo: Heavyweight Jimmy Boyle makes his first appearance at State with the most wins in the 285-pound category of all the qualifiers in Champaign. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
Every IHSA wrestler with high aspirations has a goal of visiting Champaign in February for the State tournament.

In 2010, that group includes 145-pound Kaneland wrestler Kyle Davidson and 285-pound teammate Jimmy Boyle.

Thanks to third-place, do-or-die finishes on Saturday at the Class 2A Sterling Sectional, Kaneland will once again have a presence down at State.

A year ago, coach Monty Jahns’ crew sent down Jay Levita at 135 pounds.

Davidson (36-10) defeated Richmond-Burton’s Connor Graves in the third-place match, thanks to a 5-2 decision.

“Going into the match, I beat him earlier this year, he was wrestling good and I was wrestling good,” Davidson said. “It didn’t really kick in for a couple hours.”

Kyle Davidson

Kyle Davidson, a 145-pound entry, finished in third place at the Sterling Sectional. File Photo

Davidson, who improved on his 2009 total of 21 wins, faces Ishmael Rempson of Rich Central High School (32-5) in a first-round matchup. The winner faves Triad’s Josh Ballard (45-5).

Even though Davidson lacks a first-round bye traditionally given to the higher seed, Davidson is right where he wants to be.

“If it’s better wrestlers that have the bye, then they’ll be looking down on me, and I can surprise them,” Davidson said.

Boyle comes into State at 40-4, the most wins out of anyone in the heavyweight division.

“I wanted to get to State with 40 wins, and there was a lot running through my head last weekend,” Boyle said. “I had to make sure I got out there and won.”

The junior, who beat LaSalle-Peru’s Jason Huebbe by a 3-1 decision in Sterling, has a challenge in Riverside-Brookfield’s John Schraidt (27-7) in the opener, with the right to face Springfield’s David Kasper.

“I like it because you get to wrestle right away and you’re not sitting around all day,” Boyle said.

Joining Boyle from other Western Sun schools in the 285-pound class is DeKalb’s Alex Robinson and Glenbard South’s Austin Teitsma.

Recent KHS wrestlers at State
2009-Jay Levita
2008-Jeff Stralka
2008-Sean Szatkowski
2007-Jake Goedken
2007-Quinn Jahns
2007-Sean Szatkowski
2006-Jake Goedken
2005-Marcus Goedken