ST. CHARLES – Batavia’s Marc Goodin (145 pounds), Jon Wagner (160), Nick Offutt (170) and Connor McKeehan (285) scored first-period falls Thursday to help the Bulldogs defeat St. Charles North, 63-15, in an Upstate Eight Conference River Division wrestling dual.
“They were better than we were,” North coach Pete McNamara said of the Bulldogs, who had eight falls overall, “but our kids did well. They’re still learning.”
Batavia (2-0 UEC River) yielded two of its three losses by forfeit. The North Stars (2-3 UEC River) got a 2-0 decision victory from Conrad Noverini at 113.
North’s Mike Moungros looked to have an advantage in what proved to be his farewell match with the team. McNamara said Moungros’ family soon will be moving to Florida, and coaches and teammates huddled with Moungros after he lost by fall to Trevor Kilgallen at 152.
“They can beat your body. They can’t beat your mind,” McNamara said. “I think Mike exemplified that with some of the things he said to the guys.”
St. Charles East 45, Metea Valley 17: At Aurora, freshman DJ McDermott opened the dual with a hard-fought decision win at 120 to propel 10-1 East in a UEC crossover. Keone Derain (145) and Ramon Lopez (152) continued the Saints’ stronghold on the middle weights with falls.
Yorkville 45, Kaneland 19: At Maple Park, Esai Ponce (132) and Nick Sharp (220) registered first-period falls for Kaneland, which fell to 0-3 in Northern Illinois Big 12 East duals. The Knights’ Connor Williams won by decision at 120, while Dan Goress scored a major decision at 145.
Benet/Naperville North Holiday Tournament – Geneva 58, Naperville Central JV 21: At Naperville, Sami Pawlak (15 points), Janie McCloughan (12) and Morgan Seberger (10) scored in double figures for Geneva in its tournament opener.
The Vikings (8-5) led 33-8 at halftime.
Oswego Invitational – Rosary 59, Larkin 26: Rosary rolled to improve to 6-8 and snap a four-game losing streak.