Wrestling: KV rolls through field at Griffith Invite
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent December 22, 2012 9:40PM
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:48AM
GRIFFITH — Kankakee Valley ran through the competition to collect its third straight Griffith Super Duals title on Saturday.
The Kougars went 5-0 and had nine wrestlers go undefeated.
“We didn’t do too badly today,” KV coach Tom Dellahan said. “We were a little concerned having to face Griffith in the final round, not to diminish the other teams, but we have seen most of them already and today was the first time we’ve seen Griffith.”
Both Griffith and KV came into the final round 4-0, but the Kougars proved to be too much for the Panthers, jumping out to a 25-0 lead before Griffith scored its first points on a forfeit. The Kougars went on to a 54-15 final round victory and another title.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to wrestle 13 kids,” Dellahan said. “We gave up two forfeits to Kokomo last week and only lost to them by four points. We’re traveling down there next week and we hope we can give it back to them.”
Clark also went 5-0 on the day to finish as the runner-up with final team scores determining the tiebreaker. Kankakee Valley had 328 team points to 215 for the Pioneers.
Unbeaten wrestlers for the Kougars were: Joel Bolen at 195 pounds, Tim Schoonveld at 182, Matt Berdine at 220, Jimmy Marich at 138, Mike Nava at 126, Andrew Schulthuis at 145, Ayden Blake at 132, Johnny Morrison at 170 and Logan Kidwell at 106.
Hebron had two perfect wrestlers on the day — Jordan Giacomin at 106 and Daniel Wallace at 152.
Ishmail Quintanilla and Ivan Vega had perfect days for Clark at 132 and 138 pounds, respectively. Mark Maldonado went 5-0 for Highland at 160 pounds and Preston Nelson was 5-0 for the day for the Panthers. Morton’s Rickie and Reuben Rodriguez went 5-0 at 113 and 120.