Sports / The Prairie Fire / January 14, 2009

Wrestlers compete in Chuck Porter Duals

The Prairie Fire wrestling team hosted five schools in a four-round dual meet this past Saturday, compiling an 0-4 record as a team. Knox dropped a 35-9 decision to Wheaton College and a 30-24 match to Hannibal-LaGrange College before being shut out by the eventual winners of the day, North Central College, 45-0. Later, the Fire lost a 34-10 match to Central College.

Individually, the biggest bright spot for Knox was sophomore Edel Vaca, who went 2-1 in personal matches. Vaca, who wrestles in the 133-pound weight class, defeated Wheaton’s Johnathan Sbraccia 11-6 in his first match before being pinned by Hannibal-LaGrange’s Casey Cates over four minutes into the match. He then sat out the third match in order to regain strength for his later match against Erik Wilkerson of Central.

“I really hate to make excuses, but before I wrestled Cates from Hannibal LaGrange, I was feeling somewhat ill,” Vaca said. “[Before the last match], I just needed some time for my stomach to settle.

Coach Tony Islas’ decision to rest his sophomore worked brilliantly. Vaca defeated Wilkerson in a major decision, 15-3.

“Every time I wrestle, I focus on essentials,” Vaca said. “I never concentrate on big, flashy moves or advanced, fan-pleasing tricks. To me, winning a match is about a simple takedown and a quick stand-up.”

Senior Grant Guimond (157), sophomore Danny Stafford (165), seniors Aaron Barnett (174), Marty Dertz (184), and freshman Alex Faulkner (197) all won matches by forefeit in the loss to Hannibal-LaGrange. Additionally, Faulkner also pinned Central’s Kyle Patterson in 3:22.

In team play, North Central won the day with a 4-0 team record. Wheaton and Milwaukee School of Engineering each finished with a 3-1 record. Central and Hannibal-LaGrange posted 1-3 marks.

Knox results:

Knox 9 vs. Wheaton 35

125 FFT vs. Caleb Cardenas

133 Edel Vaca def. Johnathan Sbraccia 11-6

141 Tim Yee loses by Fall to Jeff Conners 1:52

149 Dugan O’Connor loses to Matt Cordell 0-9

157 Grant Guimond wins by FFT

165 Danny Stafford loses to Justin Marbel 4-5

174 Aaron Barnett loses to Justin Tomal 3-18

184 Marty Dertz loses to Toby Boltz 2-15

197 Alex Faulkner loses to Matt Griffiths 11-14

Hwt James Wagner loses to Chase Campbell 4-13

Knox 24 vs. Hannibal-LaGrange 30

125 FFT vs Kayhan Karini

133 Edel Vaca loses by Fall Casey Cates 4:26

141 Tim Yee loses to Tommy Pickens 5-6

149 Dugan O’Connor loses by fall Craig Fedynich 6:15

157 FFT vs Bronson Washburn

165 Danny Stafford wins by FFT

174 Aaron Barnett wins by FFT

184 Marty Dertz wins by FFT

197 Alex Faulkner wins by FFT

Hwt James Wagner loses to Jeremy Woolfolk

Knox 0 vs. North Central 45

125 FFT vs Joe Norton

133 Charley Deutsch loses to Sean Tomac 1-5

141 Tim Yee loses by fall Jaime Devine 3:31

149 Dugan O’Connor loses to Jason Fitzenreider 1-17

157 FFT vs Cowan Brown

165 Danny Stafford loses to Ben Youel 1-9

174 Aaron Barnett loses to Greg Schroeder 2-7

184 Marty dertz loses by fall Gabe Youel 5:47

197 Alex Faulkner loses to Vinnie Sapienza 6-13

Hwt James Wagner loses to Billy Malone 6-19

Knox 10 vs Central 34

125 Dbl FFT

133 Edel Vaca def Erik Wilkerson 15-3

141 Charley Deutsch loses to Curtis Hobbs 4-20

149 Tim Yee loses by fall Zach Beekman 2:20

157 Dugan O’Connor loses by fall Reid Immerman 5:37

165 Danny Stafford loses to Tommy VanRenterghen 1-5

174 Aaron Barnett loses by fall Kyle Ray 1:17

184 Marty Dertz loses to Nated Fell 1-2

197 Alex Faulkner wins by fall Kyle Patterson 3:22

Hwt James Wagner loses by fall Ted Dierx 2:25

Colin Davis

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