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A better State

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Diddell powers through for lone Knight Champaign berth KANELAND—Pontiac’s Class 2A Sectional can dampen the dreams of most any wrestler wishing to advance to the individual State tournament this weekend. Fortunately for Kaneland High School, the wrestling dream remains alive for one. Heavyweight contender Justin Diddell was the lone Knight to make it through the…

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In proper position

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Senior Justin Diddell place first at the Belvidere Regional

Photos courtesy of Stefanie Vanik Third-place at tough sectional paves way for potential state berths KANELAND—Call them the lucky seven. After a third-place finish at the Class 2A Belvidere Regional, however, the rest of the field at this weekend’s Pontiac Sectional might see their fortunes run out, once they face the Knights. Paced by heavyweight…

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All cylinders

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KHS continues to roll in duals, ends regular season with close win vs. Batavia BATAVIA—It doesn’t matter the caliber of opponent—Kaneland wrestling makes sure the foe has its mat work cut out for it. The latest example was a 37-32 win over former conference rival Batavia at the Bulldogs’ refurbished fieldhouse on Friday. The notch…

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Diddell wins conference crown

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Team places sixth STERLING, ILL.—Sterling High School housed quite the collection of wrestling talent on Saturday, as Kaneland found out firsthand. Earning some individual glory and having to deal with capable talent in both Northern Illinois Big XII divisions, the Kaneland Knights wrestling squad finished in sixth place with 112.5 team points. The kings of…

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Wrestlers continue to roll

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Photo: Riley Vanik throws his opponent to the mat during Saturday’s Tournament at KHS. Vanik took second place in the 145-pound bracket. Zach Parker (below) was Kaneland’s lone tournament champ, winning the 182-pound bracket. Photos by Patti Wilk KHS takes second at Flott, hands Morris convincing loss KANELAND—Kaneland High School wrestling is 16-7 in dual…

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Kaneland wrestlers see Hub of action

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Photo: Medal-winners from the Sycamore Invite. Photo submitted by Stephanie Vanik via email Grapplers also partake in Sycamore Invite KANELAND—Before the deep freeze that hit the roads toward the weekend, it was Kaneland High School wrestling that put the chill on Rochelle’s road to victory. A Northern Illinois Big XII dual in Ogle County on…

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Slimming them down

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KHS grapplers take close win from Plano, fall to Mundelein KANELAND—Kaneland wrestling has had holes in its lineup in recent years, with some close wins going the other way that could have been in the pocket of the Knights. This year, the six minutes of aggression is paying off more and more, showing itself in…

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Matted down

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Kaneland’s lone holiday excursion to Palatine meet yields 21st place KANELAND—Wrestling talent abounds in the northwest suburbs. Kaneland High School wrestling found that out at the 59th Annual Berman Holiday Wrestling Classic hosted by Mid Suburban League standout Palatine on Friday and Saturday. With a team score of 54.5, the Knights grabbed 21st out of…

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Knights see success in quadrangular

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KHS also steamrolled in NIB-12 tussle at Yorkville by Mike Slodki KANELAND—As the calendar tips to a new year, it was in the Kaneland High School wrestling roster’s best interest to try and continue to end on as high a note as possible. With a Friday matchup with rival to the south Yorkville and a…

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KHS grapplers can’t grab hold in tough week

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Cary-Grove, CLC, DeKalb dish Kaneland losses KANELAND—Kaneland wrestling had done well so far this season, but they can be sure to run into a wall of tough opponents for days at a time, as was the case this past week. On Thursday, the 9-4 Knights took it on the headgear against visiting DeKalb in Maple…

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Wrestlers go Huskie-size over Sycamore, beat Lemont

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Junior Adam Mish pinned his Sycamore opponent in 1:38 Thursday at NIU.

Photo: Junior Adam Mish pinned his Sycamore opponent in 1:38 Thursday at NIU. Sophomore Photo by Ben Draper KANELAND—Venues may change, but victories are still as sweet anywhere. Kaneland traveled to NIU’s Convocation Center last Thursday to battle rival Sycamore before the college-age Huskies took the mat that evening, and got things off on the…

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Wrestlers battle through tough stops

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Photo: 152-pound George Strang won 6-4 in overtime over Andrew Ives of Wheaton-Warrenville South Saturday. Photo by Stephanie Vanik KANELAND—It could have been a rude awakening to the start of the 2013-14 season for Kaneland Knights wrestling, but the KHS lads acclimated themselves serviceably. Saturday in Maple Park saw a quad with Burlington Central, Freeport…

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Dec. 5 Sports Recap

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Varsity Bowling Dec. 3 at Sterling—The Lady Knights gained two conference points in their season opener at Sterling Tuesday. Christie Crews led the way with a 523 series, while Dominique Lee had a 472. The Knights won game 2. “Christie’s 213 in the first game really charged the team up, and it was fantastic that…

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Leveraging Success

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Photo: Kaneland sophomore Austin Parks carries some familiar weight up the hill during the annual wrestling training/team building practice at Johnson’s Mound in Elburn on Saturday. Photo by Patti Wilk KANELAND—With a 13-13 dual mark and three state qualifiers in the four of departed seniors Dan Goress, Esai Ponce and Zach Theis, it might be…

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Familiar face fills coaching vacancy

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KANELAND—As seems par for the course, the Knights wrestling program will have a familiar face leading the matmen. Beginning this fall, the Knights will be steered by new head coach and Class of 2004 alum Jeremy Kenny, who was recommended for the position in April and approved at the KHS school board meeting on Monday.…

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Return from state

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Five Kaneland Harter Middle School students qualified for IKWF State Wrestling Championship this year at the BMO center in Rockford, Ill.

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‘Dan’-ger Zone

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Goress wins state title for 1st KHS wrestling crown in 20 years
KANELAND—Kaneland last saw one of its wrestlers crowned an individual state champion before current KHS senior Dan Goress was born.

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Points taken

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Three wrestlers punch State ticket
KANELAND—It wasn’t 1994 or 2012 levels, but the KHS wrestling squad will take the sectional output.

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