Athlete of the Week
Kennedy won the Berman Holiday Classic at Palatine on Saturday at 126 pounds with a 6-4 decision against Metea Valley freshman Devin Kane in the finals. It was the second consecutive win at the Classic for Kennedy, who also won last year at 120. Kennedy, 25-0, is ranked No. 1 at 126 by illinoismatmen.com.
Tournament roundup: Marengo placed six wrestlers at the Lincoln Holiday Tournament Dec. 27-28 lead by Damon Cloe’s championship at 152. Cloe defeated Highland’s Zach Bromstadt with an 18-7 major decision.
At 113, Corey Graham took second, losing in the finals to Thornton’s Kris Williams. Also for the Indians, Kyle Gara (160) and Justin Dauphin (182) took sixth and Coy Szflarski (170) and Derek Caskey (220) finished eighth.
Marengo finished 10th at the 23 team tournament.
Cary-Grove took fifth place at the Berman Classic and placed seven wrestlers in the top seven. Michael Cullen (19-0) won at 113 with two pins, a technical fall and a major decision in his four wins.
Also for R-B, Grant Sutton took second at 120, losing in the finals to Rock Island’s Barlow McGhee in an, 8-4, decision. McGhee is the No. 1 ranked folkstyle wrestler in the nation by USA Wrestling. Folkstyle is the style wrestled in high school.
Fox Valley Conference StandingsValley DivisionCary-Grove 2-0McHenry 2-0Huntley 2-1Jacobs 1-1Crystal Lake South 1-2Dundee-Crown 1-2Prairie Ridge 0-3
Fox DivisionCrystal Lake Central 3-0Grayslake Central 2-0Johnsburg 2-1Hampshire 1-1Grayslake North 1-2Woodstock 0-3Woodstock North 0-3
This week’s top meets
Cary-Grove at McHenry
6:30 p.m. Thursday
The much anticipated dual features two undefeated teams in what could be the deciding match in the FVC Valley Division.
Grayslake Central at Crystal Lake Central
6:30 p.m. Thursday
The FVC Fox Division title is also at stake as the Tigers and Rams both put their undefeated division records on the line.