Sports / The Prairie Fire / January 12, 2011

Roundup: swimming, women’s soccer and wrestling

For the first time in two years, Knox’s men’s and women’s swimming teams will be able to compete in their home pool.

Coming off a successful winter break, the Prairie Fire will compete in their first meet of the new year this Saturday against Eureka College. The women’s team, victorious in their only dual of the winter (a 446-343 victory over Illinois College on December 9th), will look to continue their strong start to the season.

Knox will take on a Eureka team that has not competed since the Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational in November. The two teams previously met at the Monmouth Invitational, where Knox’s men’s and women’s teams finished ahead of the Red Devils.

Events begin at 9 a.m. at the Lay Natatorium.

Joseph named women’s soccer coach

After a successful 2010 season, head coach Nikki Ayers resigned from her position atop Knox’s women’s soccer program. But athletic director Chad Eisele wasted no time in finding an experienced replacement.

Melissa Joseph, previously the head women’s soccer coach at the University of Mount Union in Ohio and Washington & Jefferson College in Ohio, accepted the position in December. Joseph spent four years at Mount Union and five at Washington & Jefferson. Joseph has amassed a 65-98-12 (Wins-Losses-Ties) record in her time as a head coach at the Division III level.

Wrestling goes 1-3 at Porter Duals

The Knox College wrestling team hosted its annual Porter Duals this past weekend, bringing in nine teams total from five different states. Though the Prairie Fire were not able to defeat the strong competition from Wabash College (42-3) and Loras College (38-9) and also fell short against the University of Chicago, they were able to knock off Hannibal-LaGrange University, 29-22.

Senior Edel Vaca had a big day for the Fire, winning all four of his matches at the 133 level. Along with Vaca, other victorious Knox wrestlers included junior Alex Faulker (who defeated Chicago’s Takumi Mihama) at 174 and freshman Eric Steingruber (defeated Hannibal LaGrange’s Alec Erhard) at 149.

Chuck Porter ‘52, Knox’s wrestling patriarch for whom the event is named, was on hand to root on the Prairie Fire.

Colin Davis

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