Knox’s standout performer at the seventh Annual Chuck Porter Duals last Saturday was undoubtedly senior James Wagner.
Wagner went undefeated in four matches at the duals while competing in the heavyweight division. After Wagner took down Andrew Waites of Luther College with a 10-3 decision, Wagner was the beneficiary of a forfeit from the University of Chicago, before pinning Kyle Henry of Loras College in three minutes and 41 seconds during the third round.
He then finished the day with a strong 8-2 win over Hannibal Lagrange’s Jake Hare. Wagner also went 4-2 during the Knox Invitational back in November, giving him an impressing 8-2 at home.
As a team, Knox finished 1-3 for the tournament, with the lone victory coming in the form of a 33-13 triumph over Hannibal Lagrange.
In addition to Wagner, Knox wrestling is getting a successful season from senior Alex Faulkner. Faulkner took away three wins at the Porter Duals, while also taking the first place title at the University of Dubuque’s Jimmy Foxx Open back in December. Faulkner came out on top after pinning all three of his opponents in the first period.
The Prairie Fire returns to the mats again on Jan. 12, when they take part in the U-W Platteville Duals.
The Knox College men’s and women’s swim teams competed in two events over the winter break.
At the Pioneer Classic hosted by Grinnell College on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, the women took eighth out of 13 teams while the men placed tenth in their competition.
Senior Tory Kassabaum finished first in the women’s 200 meter freestyle, completing the race in a time of 2:05.37.
Fellow senior Bess Cooley took second in the 200-meter breaststroke, while taking third in the 100-meter backstroke and the 400-meter individual medley.
The men’s team scored the majority of their points on relays, as junior Patrick Innesss combined with seniors Jeff Wickman, Alan Ning and Tyler O’Neill to have solid performances in the 400 and 800-meter freestyle races.
In a Dec. 9 dual meet with Illinois College, both the men and women came out victorious. The women took down the Lady Blues with a convincing 129-53 win, while the men triumphed over the Blueboys 99.5-76.5.