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Saturday's prep roundup: Kaneland wrestling tops Geneva during 2-1 day

MAPLE PARK – Host Kaneland defeated Belvidere North and Geneva before falling to Rock Island in a wrestling quadrangular Saturday.

"I thought we wrestled very well," Knights coach Monty Jahns said. "We came out, were aggressive, had nonstop motion, good position on the bottom and improved on what we needed to from last week."

While the 42-38 margin of victory against Geneva suggested a close match, Kaneland raced to an initial 42-15 advantage on the strength of falls from Nick Sharp (220 pounds), Adam Mish (106), Stephen Gust (113), Dane Goodenough (126), Esai Ponce (132), Sonny Horn (138) and Dan Goress (145).

Geneva's Brad Martens (120) and Alex Kunkel (160) recorded falls against the Knights, who forfeited the final two weight classes.

"Martens is a tough kid and they've got some solid wrestlers, but the kids who had the opportunity to pin took advantage of it," Jahns said, "and that's what helped us get the win."

Other Vikings highlights included Jake Boser's 5-1 decision victory in a dual loss to Rock Island.

Marmion sweeps own quad: At Aurora, Marmion improved to 7-1 in duals with victories against Plainfield Central (47-9), Luxemberg (Wis.) Casco (39-16) and Marist (29-24).

"Just a great atmosphere for wrestling with our fans and kids," Cadets coach Ryan Cumbee said. "There was so much energy inside that gym, and the guys really fed off it."


Willowbrook 61, Marmion 58:
At Aurora, Marmion was unable to hold a 27-23 lead at intermission. Jordan Glasgow had nine points for the 3-7 Cadets.

Burlington Central 61, Rockford Christian 38: At Burlington, Central (1-7, 1-0 Big Northern East) snapped a season-opening seven-game losing streak in its first conference game.

Ryan Ritchie (19 points), Moter Deng (14) and Duncan Osbourne (10) paced the Rockets.

St. Francis 44, Prairie Ridge 39: At Crystal Lake, St. Francis rebounded from its first loss of the season Friday. Andrew Kimball scored 17 points for the Spartans (6-1), including a  5 for 10 effort from three-point land.


St. Charles North 59, Elgin 36:
At St. Charles, North won its fourth straight game after eight losses to open the season, improving to 4-8 and 2-3 in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division.

The North Stars raced to a 19-6 lead after one quarter. Morgan Rosencrants (18 points) and Alex Silverman (11) finished in double figures.

Oswego Holiday tournament – Batavia 69, Oswego 68 (OT): Liza Fruendt tallied a career-high 32 points for Batavia (9-4), which edged the host team to place third in the tournament.

Trailing by as many as seven points in overtime, Batavia capped a 19 for 24 effort from the free-throw line that included perfect showings from Sami Villarreal and Bethany Orman. Hannah Frazier (16 points) hit two key foul shots in OT.

In other tournament action, Rosary defeated Minooka, 42-39, for fifth place, as Rachel Choice had 10 points.

Benet/Naperville North Holiday Tournament – Geneva 43, Naperville North 32: At Naperville, Geneva (9-6) built a 26-15 halftime lead against the tournament co-host Huskies. Sami Pawlak (11 points) and Abby Novak (10) led the Vikings, who went 2-1 during this week's pool play.


North second at Neuqua Valley Invitational:
At Naperville, St. Charles North (252 team points) finished as runner-up to Hinsdale Central (370). St. Charles East (147) took ninth in the 12-team event.

North's Nick Kowaleski (50-yard freestyle) and Kyle Gannon (500 free) won individual events while teaming with Austin Stapella and David Chokran in the victorious 200 medley relay.

Saints' diver Max Schmitt finished third.


Geneva ekes out win at Illinois' Best:
At Wheaton, Geneva (70.175) edged the host Wheaton Warrenville South co-op (70.125) for the title at the WWS Illinois' Best meet.

The Vikings' Megan Beitzel won the bars with a 9.175, while teammate Dominique Brognia took the floor exercise title.

Batavia (63.675) placed fourth in the nine-team field.


Black, Blue and Orange tournament:
At Bowling Green in West Chicago, St. Charles East's Nick Binetti rolled the top boys high game (265) and series (702) to lead the Saints to a second-place finish behind South Elgin. Geneva placed fifth.

For the girls, Erin Heuer had the second-best high game (225) and series (607) to boost the second-place Saints. The North Stars were third, getting a 215 top game from Ashley Montgomery and a 568 series from Ashley England. Glenbard East was girls team champion.

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