Sports / The Prairie Fire / February 16, 2011

Roundup: swimming, wrestling, men’s tennis

This Friday and Saturday, Knox’s men’s and women’s swimming teams will travel to Grinnell, Iowa for the Midwest Conference Championship.
Both teams will be looking to replicate last season’s success. In 2010, the women’s team finished in fourth place in the Midwest Conference, four spots higher than 2009. The men’s team finished eighth. Junior Tory Kassabaum feels confident Knox can repeat that performance.
“I feel like everyone’s going to swim their best times,” Kassabaum said. “Grinnell’s pool is fast, so anything can happen. We’ll be going for some records.”
The men’s swimming team last won the MWC in 1976. The women have never won.
Host Grinnell College will be looking to sweep both the men’s and women’s titles for the 10th consecutive season. Events will begin Friday morning at 10 a.m.

Wrestling squashed by D-1 schools
It is rare for Division III athletes to compete with their Division I counterparts. Last Saturday, the Prairie Fire wrestling team got that chance.
Up against Northern Illinois University (5-10) and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (6-14), Knox was overwhelmed. Senior Edel Vaca, wrestling at 133 lbs., was the lone wrestler to record a victory, defeating SIU-Edwardsville’s John Petrov 9-3. Vaca dropped his other match via technical fall to NIU’s Kevin Fanta, 16-0.
This Saturday, Knox will compete in the Northern Wrestling Association conference tournament in Mequon, Wis. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Men’s tennis wins one at Principia
The Prairie Fire tennis team traveled to Elsah, Ill. last weekend to participate in the Principia Invite. Against Division II Quincy University, Principia and Greenville College, Knox went 1-2, notching their lone win against the host school.
Against Principia, junior Kenton Tilford, sophomore David Ham and junior Erik Hane were victorious in singles action. The doubles combo of Tilford and Ham won against Principia and Greenville.
Next up, the Prairie Fire will continue their road gauntlet in a triangular against Judson University and Carroll University in Elgin, Ill. on Saturday.

Kevin Morris

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