Minnesota State-Mankato junior and former Ottawa High School standout wrestler Daniel Close put together quite a match for the Mavericks, ranked 16th in the latest NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Poll, despite their 19-13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate loss to No. 1 St. Cloud State on Saturday.
Close got the Mavericks going with an upset of No. 1-ranked Larry Bomstad at 157-pounds, starting the match with a double-leg takedown, then gaining nearfall to go up 4-0 after the first 90 seconds. He then rode out the entire third period and earned a 10-2 major decision over Bomstad, thus improving to 15-4 on the season.
Waubonsee Community College picked up wins over Oakton College (89-32) and McHenry County (56-54) this past week to improve to 13-10 on the year. In the win over Oakton, Mozelle Kempiak (So., Serena) had 11 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and seven steals to led the Lady Chiefs, while Savannah Arend (Fr., Serena) added six points, four rebounds and three steals. Kempiak then posted 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists in WCC's triumph over McHenry County.
Elmhurst College split a pair of College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin contests last week, first defeating Millikin University 55-53 before falling to Wheaton College 70-58. Jasmin Bailey (Sr., Ottawa) had nine points, five rebounds and a pair of assists for the Bluejays in the victory over Millikin and six points, three assists in the loss to Wheaton. EC is now 12-9 overall and 8-4 in the CCIW.
Paige Hacker (Fr., Seneca) continues her steady play for Kankakee Community College, helping the Lady Cavaliers improve to 16-6 on the season with wins over South Suburban (57-45) and Kishwaukee College (97-34) in recent play. Hacker had four points and six rebounds against South Suburban and then registered three points, six rebounds and a pair of steals against Kishwaukee. For the season, hacker is averaging 4.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Lady Cavs.
Rockford University dropped a pair of Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference road contests this past week, 80-52 to Benedictine University and 89-51 to Aurora University. Lexie Collins (Sr., Earlville) had six points, three rebounds and three steals in the loss to Benedictine, while Kaylynne Terry (Fr., Streator) added two points. Collins then had three rebounds and two assists, Terry one point and a pair of rebounds, in the setback to Aurora. The Regents are now 5-16 overall, 3-13 in the NACC.
Milwaukee Technical College fell in a pair of North Central Community College Conference games last week, first to Triton College 88-54, and then 104-94 to Madison College. D'Angelo Young-Pryor (Fr., Streator) had 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks against Triton, then a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds against Madison. For the season, Young-Pryor is averaging 13.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for the Stormers (11-14, 3-7 N4C).
Illinois State University extended its winning streak to three game with a pair of Missouri Valley Conference wins over Missouri State (76-60) and Evansville University (75-71). Isaac Gassman (RS-Fr., Ottawa) had two pints against Missouri State for the Redbirds and two points and two rebounds against Evansville. ISU is now 13-11 overall and 7-5 in the MVC.
Indiana University East earned its 18th consecutive victory with a 105-71 win over Point Park University. Keaton Rombach (So., Ottawa) had two points and two assists for the Wolves in the triumph, which improved IUE to 24-2 overall and 13-0 in the River States Conference.
Eureka College split a pair of St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games last week, falling to Webster College 79-78, but defeating Spalding University 82-71. Brady Sanders (Sr., Fieldcrest) had two points, four rebounds and three assists against Webster, then eight points, five rebounds and two assists in the victory over Spalding. For the year, Sanders is averaging 5.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest for the Red Devils (14-7, 9-5 SLIAC).
Max Vickers (Jr., Streator) scored 16 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to help Aurora University to a 78-66 Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference victory over Concordia University-Chicago. He then recorded 13 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in the Spartans 80-72 win against Rockford University. Vickers is averaging 15.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for AU, which has won four straight games and is 14-8 (13-4 NACC) on the season.
Elmhurst College's Colin Bomstad (So., Earlville) scored two points and snared a rebound in the Bluejays' 90-60 CCIW loss to Carroll University. Elmhurst is now 11-10 overall and 4-8 in league action.
Addison Bode (Fr., Somonauk) had three points, four rebounds and a pair of assists to help Waubonsee Community College (15-8) win its fourth consecutive outing with a 65-55 win over Elgin Community College. Bode is averaging 4.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists this season for the Chiefs.
Track and Field
Eastern Illinois University's Maria Baldwin (Sr., Fieldcrest) finished 12th in the 5000-meter run at the Notre Dame Meyo Invite in a time of 17 minutes, 19.03 seconds.
Benedictine University's Emma Roberts (So., Sandwich) placed fourth in the mile run with a time of 5:14.04 at the Olivet Nazarene University Invite on Saturday, while Charlene Mascote (Fr., Streator) was part of the Eagles' 1600 relay team that placed 12th in a time of 4:26.12.
Mariah Pellino (Fr., Marquette) finished seventh in the 5000 for Clarke University at the Grinnell Invite in a time of 22:51.69 to help the Pride place second of the 12 teams at the event.