ELGIN – The Upstate Eight Conference wrestling tournament opened with its preliminary rounds Friday, and several semifinalists from the league’s Tri-Cities schools are bound for the semifinals.
Wrestling is set to resume at 10 a.m. today.
Semifinalists include: Kolbe O’Brien (St. Charles North, 106 pounds); D.J. McDermott (St. Charles East, 120); Ryan Valesh (East, 132); Colin Parsons (Geneva, 132); Mike Huck (Geneva, 145); Jake Mende (East, 145); Ramon Lopez (East, 160); Jake Birkhaug (Batavia, 160) and Nate Kearney (Batavia, 182).
The 220-pound class is especially stocked with Chronicle-area athletes, as Connor McKeehan (Batavia), Jose Flores (East) and Jake Andersen (Geneva) all are semifinalists.
The Saints swept through the UEC River duals season, going 6-0 to defend their River title.
Wheaton Academy 76, Aurora Christian 54: At West Chicago, Gordon Behr and Josh Ruggles scored 17 points apiece to power Wheaton Academy to a Suburban Christian Conference Blue win. R.D. Lutze added 16 points for Aurora Christian.
Mooseheart 61, Luther North 50: At Chicago, Mooseheart (15-2, 6-0 Northeastern Athletic Conference) remained on a roll as Makur Puou notched a double-double (24 points, 15 rebounds).
Mangisto Deng added 15 points for the Red Ramblers, who handed the Wildcats their first league loss.
“We’re starting to come together passing the ball a little bit better and we’re also playing great team defense right now,” Mooseheart coach Ron Ahrens said. “Improved teamwork really is what’s getting us through.”
Kaneland-Sycamore hoops rescheduled: At Maple Park, Friday’s Kaneland-Sycamore girls-boys doubleheader was postponed because of the threat of inclement weather.
The games were rescheduled to be held on separate days, with the girls game set for Feb. 14 and the boys game scheduled for Feb. 22.