SYCAMORE – The Kaneland wrestling team’s struggles against Sycamore continued with Thursday’s 55-16 loss in a Northern Illinois Big 12 East dual.
Kaneland 138-pounder Sonny Horn and 285-pounder Zach Theis each won by fall, and Dan Goress won the 145-pound bout. But the Knights, who were missing returning state qualifier Esai Ponce and key contributor Connor Williams, couldn’t make up the early deficit.
“We came out a little bit timid, I think, for our first conference meet,” Kaneland coach Monty Jahns said. “Sycamore’s got a great team, but we wrestled a little bit flat overall. We didn’t have the attack going. I feel like we didn’t have the full-out attack going like we’ve had going for the last couple of weeks, but we’ll get it going.”
With a top-heavy lineup, the Knights may be more competitive come tournament time. But the Spartans showed they’re a team to beat in the conference right now. Kaneland has not defeated its longtime rival since 2007.
Sycamore returned three state medalists, and the Spartans’ Kyle Akins thinks this team is better than last year’s squad that qualified for team state for the third straight year.
St. Charles North 45, Streamwood 36: At Streamwood, St. Charles North won its Upstate Eight Conference River Division opener behind 10 points and eight rebounds from Quinten Payne.
Alec Goetz and Ryan Thomas both had nine points for the 4-1 North Stars. Kyle Swanson added seven points, three blocks and three steals.
“We had real balanced scoring tonight, and that pulled us through,” North coach Tom Poulin said. “We defended real well in the half-court, and I thought we attacked the zone intelligently.”
Rosary 45, St. Edward 38: At Elgin, Quincy Kellett scored 13 points to pace Rosary (4-4) in its Suburban Christian Conference opener. Rachel Choice added nine points for the Royals.
St. Charles East 3,207, South Elgin 3,140: At Elgin Lanes, East rebounded from a Game 1 loss to win the next two games and the series. Dom Strauss (693) registered the high series for the Saints, while Nick Binetti’s 279 was the team’s high game.
St. Charles East 2,862, Lake Park 2,658: At Bowling Green Lanes in West Chicago, Dana Brandt turned in East’s high game (244) and series (642). Vicki Banas added a 237 for the Saints, one of five 200-plus games for the team overall.
Dixon 3,086, Kaneland 2,637: At Plum Hollow Family Center in Dixon, Kaneland’s Morgan Wojciechowski (520) and Christie Crews (513) registered the team’s top series in the Northern Illinois Big 12 dual. Wojciechowski rolled a 205 for the Knights’ top game.
Barry, Kelsay part of all-star game: Senior setters Erienne Barry (St. Charles East) and McKenna Kelsay (St. Francis) are set to be participate in the SportstownChicago.com Illinois High School All-Star Game scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.
Barry (Team White) and Kelsay (Team Pink) will be part of opposing sides in the fundraiser event for breast cancer research.
• Anthony Zilis contributed to this report.