GALESBURG – The Prairie Fire men’s tennis squad, hoping to continue their two-game win streak, were only able to split a pair of matches against Lawrence University and Wartburg College on Saturday. The match against Lawrence featured multiple lead changes and boiled down to a three-set number six singles contest, which the Prairie Fire dropped, falling 5-4.
Rebounding with conviction later in the day, Knox downed Wartburg 5-4, the third straight match for Knox that was decided by one point. Coming into the final match of the homestand against Illinois Wesleyan, the Prairie Fire could have gone to spring break with a bang, but instead fell 6-3 to the Titans. They will not play again until after break.
MOUNT VERNON – In spite of 10th place finishes for both the men’s and women’s track teams, several individual performances were good enough to earn a spot on the All-Time Top 10 Individual List: senior Weston Chenoweth, junior Jake Swider-Rogers, sophomores Sam Reading, Hamad Alizada and Ezekiel Jere, freshman Josh Tvrdy and the Distance Medley Relay Team for both men and women were able to make the list.
DUBUQUE – Freshman Matt Surprenant and junior Greg Ventris were the only Prairie Fire wrestlers to earn victories at the NCAA DIII Central Regional on Saturday. Surprenant was able to pin Jared Bevins of Simpson College less than 45 seconds into his second match after falling to Donnie Horner of Coe College in the first round. Surprenant then added another win before falling in the semifinals to Alex Coolidge from Cornell College, the eventual champion of the 197-pound championship. Ventris was only able to snag a second round win against Joe Butler of Loras College. (Source: Knox College Sports Information)