[Mary Beth Nolan]
Phillips picked up the win at 106 in a three-person bracket. He had a bye to the final and beat Ottawa's Devin Henning with a first-period fall, but in a back and forth fashion. After Phillips got a takedown, Henning got a reverse and near fall. But Phillips avoided the pin, got a reverse of his own, and quickly pinned Henning for the win.
"He does get in some weird positions but he's pretty strong for a 106-pounder," Kaneland coach Kenny Paoli said. "He leans back on that strength sometimes and we have to preach technique. The nice thing is he doesn't have trouble pinning kids because of how compact he is and how muscular he is."
Paoli said Phillips had earned the No. 1 seed and bye into the finals, and did what he had to do to get the crown.
"It feels pretty good," Phillips said. "But it was just one win today. You just got to go into the next match."
Caden Grabowski took second for Kaneland (113) and Lane Robinson was third (120). Miles Ripper also took third at 220 for the Knights. The Kaneland JV team took second to the Spartans in the lower level tournament.
"It shows how talented we are at the lower levels," Paoli said. "Those guys are talented and our future is really bright."