Prep wrestling insider: Kaneland aims to ‘keep driving’

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Kaneland wrestler Dane Goodenough attempts a release from a teammate during a recent practice.

Getting greedy isn’t advisable around the holidays, but forgive Kaneland for shooting for an extra pride point last week.

Fresh from its first victory against Sycamore since 2006 earlier in the month, the Knights sought to snap a similar lull against DeKalb on Dec. 12. The Barbs clearly had other plans in a 44-18 road win.

“We felt pretty good [beforehand],” Knights’ 106-pounder Nick Mish said, “but I think we got a little bit too ahead of ourselves and just thought we could overcome and try to beat every team. But I think [Sycamore] just got in our heads.”

Kaneland followed the Sycamore win with an impressive victory at Lemont, and is primed to regroup from the DeKalb defeat when it visits traditional power Yorkville in a Northern Illinois Big 12 East dual Friday.

“I mean, nobody expected us to start as good as we did. A lot of us didn’t even expect that,” senior 138-pounder Dane Goodenough said. “And now that we have, we’re just kind of working off of that. Keep going, keep driving for more wins, and hopefully conference champions.”

Ironman good to STC Cadets
Marmion’s St. Charles connection shined during a remarkable run in last weekend’s Walsh Ironman tournament in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

North Carolina recruit Anthony Bosco led the effort with a runner-up finish at 113 pounds, winning his first four matches before Spencer Lee – a highly-touted freshman from Franklin Regional High outside Pittsburgh – earned a fall in 1:44 in the title bout.

At 126, Wisconsin-bound Johnny Jimenez recovered from a loss by fall in the quarterfinals to finish fifth.

Marmion is set to visit Marist in a quad on Saturday before consecutive weekends of challenging tournaments – the Dvorak at Machesney Park Harlem to close December and the Cheesehead at Kaukauna, Wis., to open January.

Saints ties bind Potter
Coach Jason Potter helped steer St. Charles East to a runaway dual victory against Leyden, his former team, on Thursday night.

The former Saints standout did so without feeling especially conflicted.

“It’s good to see them, but when I step across the line in the other singlet against us, there’s no doubt I get excited and want to make sure the guys from St. Charles East win regardless,” he said.

A former St. Charles High standout, Potter returned to his alma mater before the 2012-13 season when his own prep coach, Steve Smerz, left the position to spend more time with family.

– Kevin Druley,


Keone Derain
St. Charles East, Jr., 160 pounds
What he did: Derain struck for the quickest of East’s five falls in a 46-16 dual victory against Geneva on Friday, pinning his opponent in 1:54.

Noah Frazier
Batavia, Jr., 195 pounds
What he did:
Frazier scored a 4-1 decision victory to close Friday’s home dual against Waubonsie Valley, helping the Bulldogs to a 31-26 win.

St. Charles East is in fantastic position to defend its Upstate Eight Conference River Division title. Friday’s 46-16 victory against Geneva marked the Saints’ third runaway league win in as many tries. A home dual against Streamwood and visits to Batavia and Elgin in January separate the Saints from a perfect run through the River. Batavia, which still is getting several starters into wrestling shape on the heels of a state championship football season, figures to pose the biggest threat.

Which former conference rival gets the better of the other at Saturday’s Kaneland quad. The Knights will host a trio of teams that includes once-familiar foe Geneva.


Every school has its own niche when it comes to hosting meets. The arena feel of Batavia’s dimmed lights. The coziness of Geneva’s Mack Olson gym.

But here’s a special shoutout to Kaneland’s PA announcer, who truly sets a mood before the Knights take the mat.

Get a load of these venues while you can, fans, the state series will be here before you know it.

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