Sports / The Prairie Fire / January 27, 2011

Fire roundup: Wagner wins three; swimming at Grinnell

Despite a tough day for the wrestling team, junior James Wagner just kept winning.

Wagner’s three-win day highlighted an otherwise difficult meet for the Prairie Fire. Competing at the Max Servies Duals at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., Knox went 1-3, with their one win coming on a tiebreaker against the host school’s junior varsity squad.

Against the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Central College, the Prairie Fire won a combined four matches—two of which were won by Wagner. The Prairie Fire’s closest loss came against Manchester College, 32-18.

Senior Edel Vaca, juniors Alex Faulkner and Sergio Ulloa and freshman Eric Steingruber finished the day with a 2-2 record.

The Prairie Fire will next compete at the Pete Wilson Invitational hosted by Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. on Friday and Saturday. Also on Saturday, wrestlers will compete at North Central College’s B-Team Brawl.

Swimmers struggle at Grinnell

The men’s swimming team finished 11 of 12 teams at last Saturday’s Grinnell College Invitational in Grinnell, Iowa. Junior Jeff Wickman scored the team’s only five points with his 16th place finish in the 200 yard backstroke.

The Prairie Fire finished ahead of Simpson College, who earned no points in the day’s events.

The women’s team also finished one spot out of last place, taking seventh of eight teams. Junior Tory Kassabaum recorded season-best times in three events—all top 20 finishes. Kassabaum took 17th in the 500 yard freestyle, 15th in the 200 yard freestyle and 13th in the 200 yard backstroke. The Prairie Fire totaled 98 points on the day, ten more than last place Simpson College.

Knox will next compete in a triangular against Illinois College and Eureka College this Saturday in Jacksonville, Ill. Events will begin at noon.

Spring sports start Tuesday

Following offseason workouts, some of Knox’s spring sports—baseball, men’s golf, softball and men’s tennis—will begin practice on Feb. 1.

Men’s tennis will begin competition with a triangular on Feb. 5 against the University of Dubuque and Edgewood College in Dubuque, Iowa. They will have meets each weekend until their spring break trip to Orlando, Fla. in March.

Baseball will not play their first game until March 15, when Knox starts a nine-game gauntlet in the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. Conference play will begin March 26 with a home doubleheader against Illinois College.

Knox’s softball team will start the season with a doubleheader against Eureka College on March 5.

Men’s golf will travel to Atlanta, Ga. for their annual spring break trip before returning home for their opening tournament, the Prairie Fire Classic on March 25 and 26.

Kevin Morris

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