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1999-2000 Kaneland Wrestling Schedule

Day Date Opponent Time H/A
Tuesday 11/23/99 East Aurora 5:45 PM H
Friday 12/3/99 Sycamore @ Evergreen Park 5:30 PM A
Saturday 12/4/99 Batavia @ Burl. Central 10:00 AM A
Thursday 12/9/99 Ridgewood and Elmwood Park 5:30 PM H
Friday 12/10/99 Reaper Classic
Saturday 12/11/99 Reaper Classic
Saturday 12/18/99 JV Wrestling Tournament 9:00 AM H
Monday 12/20/99 Sandwich F/S 9:00 AM A
Tuesday 12/21/99 DeKalb (Var JV) 1:00 PM A
Wednesday 12/29/99 DeKalb F/S Tournament 10:00 AM A
Thursday 1/6/00 Plano @ Sandwich 5:30 PM A
Friday 1/7/00 Aurora Central @ Mooseheart 5:30 PM A
Saturday 1/8/00 Polo Tournament 9:00 AM A
Friday 1/14/00 Lemont @ Yorkville 5:30 PM A
Saturday 1/15/00 Lisle Tournament 9:00 AM A
Thursday 1/20/00 Ashton/Franklin Center @ St Ed 5:30 PM A
Friday 1/21/00 Westmont @ Riverside Brookfield 5:30 PM A
Saturday 1/22/00 SPC JV Conf @ Evergreen PK 9:00 AM A
Tuesday 1/25/00 Somonauk 5:30 PM H
Thursday 1/27/00 Stillman Valley 6:00 PM A
Saturday 1/29/00 SPC Varsity Conf @ Sycamore 9:00 AM A
Saturday 2/5/00 IHSA Individual Regionals
Friday 2/11/00 IHSA Individual Sectionals Begin
Friday 2/18/00 IHSA Individual State Finals Begin
Tuesday 2/22/00 IHSA Team Sectionals
Saturday 2/26/00 IHSA Team State Finals

Kaneland Wrestling Match Results


The Knights season came to an end last night. The sectional meet held in Oregon Il ended with a final score of Harvard 59 Kaneland 9.

3 Knight Victories
Matt Jahns (103 lbs)
Robert Mc Ginnis (140 lbs)
Matt Mc Ginnis (171 lbs)

Harvard will move on to the state meet taking on Port Byron Riverdale who defeated Oregon 30-26 .

It has been an exciting season and I am looking forward to next season with high hopes based on the fact that we have such a young team. We only lose 3 starters to graduation. Chris Cornell, Matt Mc Ginnis & Colin Nolan.

Congratulations on a Great Year Knights!

Much thanks to Bill McGinnis for his reporting this season.

Chris Cornell took 2nd at Sectionals qualifying him for the State Tournament on Friday February 18, 2000. He was the only Kaneland wrestler to make it out of sectionals.

The team will take on Harvard in the team sectional tournament on Tuesday in Oregon.


The Knights won a tie-breaker for first place over Burlington Central by having 6 individual champs, three more than Burlington. Great job Knights!

Winning Scores
119 lbs.SchoonoverF 1:24
145 lbs.CornellF 3:10
160 lbs.Schiff7-4


Winning Scores - Riverside
103 lbs.JahnsF 3:40
112 lbs.StralkaF 1:28
130 lbs.BurchF 5:58
135 lbs.MathewsF 5:20
160 lbs.SchiffF :50
189 lbs.M. McGinnis17-6
215 lbs.Flanders7-6
Winning Scores - Westmont
135 lbs.Mathews4-0
140 lbs.BarnettF 1:03
152 lbs.Cornell9-5
160 lbs.Schiff3-1
189 lbs.Simonec11-0
215 lbs.Flanders8-6


Winning Scores - Elgin St. Ed
103 lbs.JahnsF 1:14
119 lbs.SchoonoverF :49
145 lbs.Cornell15-3
171 lbs.M. McGinnis10-2
189 lbs.SimonicF 1:25
215 lbs.FlandersF 1:53
Winning Scores - Ashton/Franklin
125 lbs.Morris10-4
135 lbs.Mathews16-7
140 lbs.Barnett7-3
171 lbs.McGinnisF :57

KANELAND  34     PLANO  37

Traveling to Sandwich for a wrestling match is something a little different than most first time fans might expect. The gym at Sandwich is small by most school standards but the Sandwich fans make a big noise.

The Knights went to Sandwich Thursday night 01/06/2000 to take on the teams from Sandwich and Plano. After watching the other two schools battle it out, the Knights wrestled Plano first. Dan Aspengren started things off accepting a forfeit at 103 lbs. At 112, John Stralka lost 15-6. At 119, Matt Schoonover and at 125, Tim Morris accepted forfeits. Mike Burch lost by pin at 130lbs. Brandon Mathews received a forfeit at 135lbs. At 140 lbs, Robert McGinnis won with a score of 10-1. Chris Cornell suffered only his second loss of the season losing a tough match 3-2 at 145 lbs. Matt Schiff lost at 160 lbs by a score of 10-3.

Winning Scores vs. Plano
140 lbs.R. McGinnis10-1
160 lbs.Schiff10-8
171 lbs.M. McGinnis7-6

Winning Scores vs. Sandwich
140 lbs.R. McGinnis6-2
160 lbs.Cornell5-0
171 lbs.M. McGinnis5-4

Matt McGinnis continued his winning ways with a heart stopping 7-6 win over a tough Billy Goldsmith. Ed Simonic lost by pin at 189 lbs. The Knights again had to forfeit at 215 and 275 giving Plano the team victory with a final score of Kaneland 34 Plano 37.

Wrestling against Sandwich can be a real character for any team. Kaneland being full of youth was no exception. The first 5 weight classes were all won by Sandwich and all by pins. The first win for the Knights came when Robert McGinnis beat his man at 140 lbs with a score of 6-3. Chris Cornell followed that up with a 5-0 win over his man. Matt Schiff fought as hard as we have seen him all year but Ryan Hartman from Sandwich was just too tough winning 4-0. Afterwards Ryan collapsed on the mat having to be helped off by his coach. Matt McGinnis at 171 put on the show of the night beating a very tough Dan Carty of Sandwich by a score of 5-4 . Ed Simonic ended the night getting pinned.

Final score Kaneland 9 Sandwich 61.


Tuesday December 21st the Knights traveled to DeKalb High School for a quad meet against the Barbs of DeKalb the Freeport Pretzels and Bartlett High School.

The first dual of the day was against Freeport. Freeport gave up 6 weight classes to forfeits leaving little doubt the Knights would come out victors in this meeting. Robert McGinnis, Chris Cornell, Matt Schiff, Matt McGinnis, and Ed Simonic all won their matches leaving the Knights with a team score of 52 to 27 over Freeport.

Kaneland wrestled Bartlett in the second dual meet. Dan Aspengren defeated his man 15- 7 to start things off right. John Stralka lost by pin at 5:32 after a tough fight. Matt Schoonover pulled off a commanding 9 - 2 win at 119lbs giving the Knights the team point lead at 7 to 6. Tim Morris (125) Mike Burch (130) and Myles Barnett (135) were unable to sustain the Knights lead leaving the score Bartlett 21 Kaneland 7 as we get to 140lbs. Robert McGinnis got Kaneland back on the winning track pinning his opponent. Jenna Hunter accepted a forfeit at 145 lbs. Followed by Chris Cornell pinning his man.

With the score now Kaneland 27 Bartlett 21, Matt Schiff lost at 160lbs 8-2. Matt McGinnis did everything he could to help Kaneland to the win pinning his man for a 6 point team score. Without any wrestlers in the heavier classes Kaneland could only watch as Bartlett accepted forfiets at 189 - 215 and 275 giving them a slim 5 point win. Final score Kaneland 31 Bartlett 36.

Against DeKalb the team competition against wasn't even close. The Barbs swept through Kaneland's first 6 wrestler without much effort. From 103 lbs to 135 lbs only Matt Schoonover managed to stay out of a pin losing 5-0 all 5 others fell to pins.

Robert McGinnis at 140 lbs won a close fight 4 - 2. Chris Cornell at 145 lbs pinned his man and Matt McGinnis won at 171 lbs with a score of 13 - 4. Final score Kaneland 13 DeKalb 57.


Friday night and Saturday December,10th and 11th the Knights varsity wrestling team sent 8 wrestlers to what was probably the toughest tournament of the year. Sixteen of the top class A high schools were present.

Representing KANELAND in the PLANO REAPER
Dan Aspengren103lbs
John Stralka 112lbs
Matt Schoonover 119lbs
Tim Morris 125lbs

Mike Burch 130lbs
Brandon Mathews 135lbs
Robert McGinnis 140lbs
Chris Cornell 145lbs

When Friday nights preliminary and first rounds were over Kaneland still had 7 of the 8 wrestlers in the hunt for a place on the awards stand.

Chris - 3rd PlaceMike Burch lost twice and was eliminated. Dan Aspengren, Matt Schoonover, Tim Morris,and Brandon Mathews all has byes in the preliminary round and then lost in the first round. All four still could "wrestle back" to a 3rd place finish at this time.

Robert McGinnis pinned his first opponent in the preliminary round but received his first loss of the year getting pinned in the first round.John Stralka and Chris Cornell both had byes in the preliminary round and both won their first round matches leaving them both with a shot at first going into the Quarter Final matches on Saturday.

Saturday morning started with Dan Aspengren getting pinned and being eliminated. Matt Schoonover pinned his man keeping his hunt alive. Tim Morris got pinned and his day was over. Brandon Mathews and Robert McGinnis both pinned their opponents keeping their day moving as well.

Robert - 4th PlaceSaturday afternoon arrived with 5 Knights still fighting along. John Stralka and Chris Cornell suffered their first losses of the tournament. They can still wrestle-back to a 3rd place finish at this point.

Matt Schoonover and Brandon Mathews both lost ending their day. Robert McGinnis won his match 11-4 leaving him a shot at 3rd place as well. All 3 remaining Knights won in their final wrestle-back matches: Robert McGinnis by a score of 7-4,Chris Cornell and John Stralka by pins.

Saturday night brought 3 Knights to the finals. All 3 were going for 3rd place to top off an exciting weekend of wrestling.

Johnson - 4th PlaceJohn got things started for the knights wrestling well at first but ending up getting pinned by a very tough opponent.

Robert McGinnis was matched up against the same man who had pinned Robert friday night in the first round. (Robert's first loss of the year). Unfortunately, the outcome was the same as the night before with Robert getting pinned again, leaving both John and Robert with 4th place finishes.

This is an extremely respectable finish for any wrestler at the PLANO REAPER. Keep in mind John Stralka is only a freshman.

Chris Cornell brought home the highest honor of any Knight beating his man in the finals with a score of 6 - 0. Leaving Chris with a hard fought 3rd place finish.


Thursday night the Knights wrestling team took on 2 schools. Ridgewood and Elmood Park came to Kaneland to grapple.

The Knights started their night against the Ridgewood Rebels. A tough and well coached team. Things started off with 103 lb Dan Aspengren losing 6-2. Kaneland had to forfeit the next weight (112lbs). At 119 lbs Matt Schoonover lost 5-1.

At 125 lbs sophmore Tim Morris turned in an impressive technical fall beating his opponent by a score of 16 - 5. Not bad for his first varsity match. Brandon Ackerman lost by pin at 130 lbs . Brandon Mathews did not have his best night losing by pin at 135lbs.

Winning Scores vs. Ridgewood
125 lbs.Morris16-5
140 lbs.McGinnisF 7:15
152 lbs.Cornell10-8 OT
171 lbs.M. McGinnisF 1:39
215 lbs.FlandersF :37

Winning Scores vs. Elmwood Park
145 lbs.CornellF 1:38
160 lbs.SchiffF 1:42
189 lbs.M. McGinnisT Fall
Robert McGinnis once again got the hearts of the Kaneland fans pumping taking his match into overtime before pinning a very tough Jay Holland from Ridgewood. (140 lbs) Chris Cornell followed Robert McGinnis' lead taking his match into overtime before beating his opponent 12 - 10 at 152lbs. Chris and Robert are still undefeated this season.

Matt Schiff was unable to sustain the Knights winning ways losing by pin at 160 lbs. Matt McGinnis kept himself on top pinning his man at 171 lbs. While Ed Simonic just didn't have enough to handle his man losing by technical fall at 189 lbs. Russell Flanders ended things with some excitement for the Knights pinning his man at 215 lbs. Kaneland was again forced to forfeit heavy weight not having anyone to send out onto the mat. Final score Ridgewood 41 Kaneland 31.

The second meet of the night was against Elmwood Park. The Tigers only brought 9 varsity wrestlers but still gave the Knights a battle.

Dan Aspengren took a forfeit at 103lbs to start things off. Followed by Kaneland forfeiting at 112 lbs. 119 & 125 were forfeited by Elmwood Park.. Brandon Ackerman was pinned at 130 lbs.Brandon Mathews lost 6 - 4 at 135 lbs. Robert Mc Ginnis took a forfeit at 140lbs.

Chris Cornell continued to impress the competition pinnig his man at 145lbs. Larry Lindquist took a forfeit at 152 lbs.Matt Schiff pinned his man at 160lbs. After Kaneland forfeited 171 lbs. Matt Mc Ginnis handed a technical fall to Peter Dabrowski from Elmwood Park at 189 lbs. Russell Flanders could not find the same spark he showed in his first match losing to his man at 215 lbs. After forfeiting 275 lbs the final score was Kaneland 43 Elmwood Park 31.


Saturday morning the Knights traveled to Burlington Central to wrestle the rockets and the Batavia bulldogs.

Things continued on Saturday pretty much the way the left off Friday night. The first meet of the day was against Batavia. Our lighter weights still found the going tough against a very strong bulldog team. Except for a couple of wins by forfeit at 112 lbs. and 130 lbs. Kaneland did not get on the winning way until the 145 lbs. match with Robert McGinnis pulling of a dramatic but heart stopping 1-0 win. The knights, turned on by McGinnis' win pinned the next 3 of their opponents in Kaneland style. Chris Cornell continued his trek towards a state bid with a pin in the first period at 152 lbs. followed by Matt Schiff handing his opponent a pin at 160 lbs. topped off by an exciting come from behind pin by Matt McGinnis at 171 lbs.

Winning Scores vs. Batavia
145 lbs.R. McGinnis1-0
152 lbs.CornellF 1:01
160 lbs.SchiffF 3:14
171 lbs.M. McGinnisF 4:19

Winning Scores vs. Burlington
103 lbs.Newbolds17-9
140 lbs.R. McGinnisF 1:42
152 lbs.CornellF 2:40
160 lbs.Schiff15-9
171 lbs.M. McGinnisF 1:24
189 lbs.SimonicF 1:54
The Winner!Without having any upper classmen coming out for wrestling in the upper weight classes the Knights continue to have to forfeit the last 3 weight classes to their opponents. This is how the meet against Batavia ended. "I don't mind losing but I want to go down fighting" said Coach Baum.

Things started off better in our second meet on Saturday against Burlington Central. At 103 lbs freshman John Newbolds won a hard fought 17 - 9 win over his man. This match showed that with time and practice John can wrestle with the "big boys".

Things turned a little darker for the next 6 matches with the knights losing 6 straight by pins. Again at 145 lbs Robert McGinnis (undefeated in 5 matches) stopped the bleeding with a pin in the first period. Chris Cornell at 152lbs pinned his man . Matt Schiff at 160 won with a score of 15-7. Matt McGinnis pinned his man at 171 lbs. ,and sophomore Ed Simonic pulled of an exciting pin at 189 lbs.

Coach Baum used 2 freshman wrestlers to stand in at the top 2 weight classes to take forfeits since Burlington had none giving Kaneland its third win in 5 meets.


Kaneland traveled to Evergreen Park Friday night to grapple with the Mustangs and the Sycamore Spartans.

Even with a spirited effort, the youth of Kaneland's wrestling team was evident on Friday night. The first meet of the night found the sycamore team cutting through our first five wrestlers without much effort. The Kaneland Knights bring two freshman, two sophomores, and one junior to the first five weight classes, (103 lbs.- 130 lbs.) unfortunately, three of these wrestlers lost by a pin.

Although the challenge was tough, we found the strength to rise to the occasion and show some Kaneland spirit and tenacity. While Brandon Mathews dominated his opponent in a technical fall, (a victory of more than 14 points) 16-1.

Winning Scores vs. Sycamore
135 lbs.MathewsT Fall
140 lbs.R. McGinnis5-2
152 lbs.CornellF 2:35

Winning Scores vs. Evergreen Park
119 lbs.Stralka8-3
130 lbs.BurchF 3:40
135 lbs.MathewsF 3:07
140 lbs.BarnettF 3:14
145 lbs.R. McGinnisF :20
160 lbs.CornellF 2:05
189 lbs.M. McGinnisF:36
Robert McGinnis won a very tight match, hanging on for a win of 4-2. senior Chris Cornell continued to dominate all in his weight class with a pin against Spartan Tony Sosin, a very strong opponent. senior Matt McGinnis suffered his first loss of the season while getting caught in a throw against a very tough 171 lb. Sycamore Spartan.

Things got much better in the second meet against Evergreen Park. After Evergreen Park forfeited the first two matches to the knights, our wrestlers ran off six straight wins against, what appeared to be, a stunned Mustang team.

While John Stralka (119 lbs.) won his match by decision, 8 - 3, Mike Burch, Brandon Mathews, Robert McGinnis, Myles Barnett, and Chris Cornell won their matches with pins. Matt McGinnis also returned to his winning ways with a pin. Although the knights forfeited at 215 lbs. and 275 lbs. we left with a final score of Kaneland 58 - Evergreen Park 14.


The Knights opened their season with a victory beating West Aurora 49-30. Kaneland won all but three contested matches, victorious in six weight classes. West Aurora forfeited at 103, 125, and 145 pounds, Kaneland forfeited at 215 and 275 pounds.

Coach Baum was pleased with the win. "I was very impressed with how they wrestled. Every one of them. These guys are ready to go."

Winning Scores (11/23/99)
119 lbs.StralkaF 3:30
130 lbs.BurchF 1:32
135 lbs.MathewsF 2:30
140 lbs.R. McGinnis10-7
152 lbs.Cornell15-5
171 lbs.M. McGinnisF:59

1999-2000 Kaneland Wrestling Roster

Brandon Ackerman Dan Aspengren Robert McGinnis Chris Cornell
Myles Barnett Mike Burch Rudy Milo Matt McGinnis
Russell Flanders Bonnie Elliott Matt Schoonover Nick Poss
Jenna Hunter Mike Haugen Andy Smith
Dan Krasinski Kit Krauspe

Brad Miller Larry Lindquist

Jonathon Newbolds Victor Lopez

John Stralka Jonathan Lupei

Nick Machoka

Brandon Mathews

Tim Morris

David Rowland

Matt Schiff

Janelle Scimeca

Steve Wicklund

Coached by: Gary Baum        Assisted by: Jim Gussman

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