Sunday, February 20, 2011
Foxes bring home first-, second and third-place finishes from Class 2A state wrestling tournament Saturday in Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN--A.J. Messenger and his Yorkville teammates delivered a message in the Class 2A state wrestling tournament. The Foxes won three medals on Saturday at Assembly Hall--one gold, one silver and one bronze. “Connor (Bass) and AJ (Messenger) both making the finals--we haven’t done that since I’ve been here and that’s a proud thing for the program and all our coaches,” Yorkville coach Shane Darnell said. Messenger walked away with the Class 2A 171-pound state title. He defeated fourth-ranked Jake Tindle from Troy Triad 9-3 in the semifinals and went on to beat top-ranked Jack Dechow of Richmond Burton 6-5. In a close match with Dechow, who came in to the tournament with a record of 28-0, Messenger broke his headgear and had to find …
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Five of Yorkville’s nine individuals competing at sectionals on Saturday qualified for the Class 2A state tournament.
Five are still alive. Of the nine individuals Yorkville sent to the Class 2A sectional wrestling tournament at Lincoln-Way West on Saturday, five of them place third or better to qualify for the state tournament. The Lincoln-Way West sectional is considered one of the toughest in the state, with three of the top five teams in Class 2A featured in the field--Montini, Marmion and Lincoln-Way West. Eight of the state’s top 25 Class 2A teams were represented. Yorkville wrestling Coach Shane Darnell believes his team did well against the tough odds. “I’m proud of the guys, we wrestled awesome today,” Darnell said. “These guys really showed up and they were ready to go. They wrestled hard for six minutes, and they kept themselves in the match …
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Foxes beat the odds in Class 2A regional wrestling tournament, send nine individuals to sectionals.
Competing against two of the toughest teams in Class 2A wrestling didn’t deter Yorkville’s wrestlers on Saturday. Amid the roaring cheers and shouts from Marmion’s and Montini’s fan sections, each of which more than tripled Yorkville’s small crowd, support for the Foxes could hardly be heard during matches. Despite the tense atmosphere and diehard opposition, however, the Foxes placed third as a team and placed nine individuals in next week’s Class 2A sectional tournament at Lincoln-Way West. “I don’t think we were nervous for any of our matches,” Yorkville head coach Shane Darnell said. “Some of them we didn’t wrestle the best, but I don’t think it was nerves. I don’t know about them. It was a great atmosphere; it was a great wrestling …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Class 2A draw pins the Foxes against two perennial powerhouses and has them thinking in terms of achieving individual goals.
Yorkville easily defeated LaSalle-Peru and Ottawa in its final tuneup before hosting regional wrestling competition. Yet, this weekend the Foxes will find themselves grappling for survival as they compete against two of the toughest teams in Class 2A. In the Yorkville Regional on Saturday, the Foxes will be battling against the likes of Montini and Marmion Academy, the second- and third-ranked teams in Class 2A. “Regionals is going to be a tough contest for us,” Yorkville assistant coach Joe Fornell said after last Thursday’s quad. “Montini and Marmion are there, so we’re going to test our mettle and see where we’re at. A lot of these guys are going to have a tough tournament. It’s going to be great competition, a really good day of …
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Foxes win easily against rivals LaSalle-Peru and Ottawa as they gear up for regional competition.
Yorkville’s Connor Bass watched the clock while wrestling his opponent. He pinned Ottawa’s Randy Hoxsey at 1 minute, 54 seconds, looking not the slightest bit worried about prolonging his win. And so went the majority of Yorkville’s matches during Thursday’s quad meet that also featured LaSalle-Peru and Morris. The quad, which is primarily a tune-up meet before regionals, set Yorkville against LaSalle-Peru and Ottawa, two conference schools the Foxes don’t meet during the regular season. Yorkville didn’t compete against Morris since the two teams had met earlier in the season as part of their conference bracket. “With regional coming up at the end of next week, we want to get something in between there to keep these guys on their toes and …
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Yorkville’s wrestling team walked away with three first-place medals from the Northern Illinois Big 12 tournament on Saturday.
Saturday was a long but proud day for Yorkville’s varsity wrestlers. The Northern Illinois Big 12 conference tournament began at 9 a.m. and didn’t end until 6 p.m., but Yorkville left with eight individual medals and a fifth-place team finish. Yorkville had three first-place finalists. Junior Connor Bass, wrestling in the 135-pound weight class, and seniors AJ Messenger (171) and Brant Corwin (189) each took away first-place medals. “The guys wrestled pretty good today,” Yorkville coach Shane Darnell said. “Brant, AJ and Connor obviously did a really good job. Getting first place, that’s an awesome accomplishment for them here at conference.” The top-seeded Corwin came into the tournament with a 32-7 record and was ranked fourth in his …
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Yorkville wrestlers Connor Bass, AJ Messenger win quarterfinal matches, while three others fall short.
Considering the level of competition they faced Wednesday, Yorkville's wrestlers enjoyed a pretty successful opening day at the Al Dvorak Tournament. The Foxes had five individuals competing in the quarterfinals and advanced a pair of them to Thursday's semifinals at Harlem in Machesney Park. Those performances helped Yorkville to collect 70.5 points, which was good for 16th place midway through the state's top regular-season meet. Earning trips to the semifinals following quarterfinal victories were Connor Bass (135 pounds) and AJ Messenger (171). Brant Corwin (189) saw his hopes of reaching the semifinals dashed when he got pinned in overtime in his match. Also coming up short in the quarterfinals for the Foxes were Clayton Bass (140) …
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Wrestlers take down Providence and Homewood-Flossmoor, earn praise from coach.
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Saturday, December 11, 2010
After Minooka captured the Class 3A state championship last season, junior Joey Govednik admits there has been more pressure on the Indians. He wouldn't have it any other way. "We always say we're the ones with a target on our back," Govednik said. "We've been trying to fight back to try and defend our state title. That's been driving us pretty far. We've just been trying to do the best we can and it's worked out well so far." Minooka finished 3-0 at its own Minooka Duals Saturday. The Indians (12-1 dual record), who are ranked No. 2 by illinoismatmen.com, cruised to victories over Edwardsville 50-9, O'Fallon 48-12 and Homewood-Flossmoor 64-0. "We had a good day," Minooka coach Bernie Ruettiger said. "The kids are wrestling real well. We …