Evanston's Austin Klopfer works a cradle against Grayslake Central's Lawrence Augustin during their 138-pound match at Saturday's quad at Evanston. | Brian O'Mahoney/for Sun-Times Media
EVANSTON — The Evanston wrestling team improved to 19-4 after going 3-0 at Saturday’s home quad.
The Wildkits opened the event with a 45-3 win over Corliss, a team with just three available wrestlers. Evanston then posted a 35-29 win over Grayslake Central before finishing the day with a 37-29 victory over Taft.
Leading the way for Evanston were four undefeated wrestlers: junior 132-pounder Ben Morton, junior 138-pounder Austin Klopfer, senior 152-pounder Cedric Logan and senior 195-pounder Carl’Drail Cannon.
Cannon and Morton have just recently returned to the lineup after missing the early weeks of the season with injuries.
“Glad to have them back,” Evanston coach Rudy Salinas said. “Without Ben or Carl'Drail we were looking at forfeiting weight classes. Now, they are back, which can mean a 12- to 24-point swing.”
In other action at the event, Taft defeated Grayslake Central 40-33 and had a 56-0 win over Corliss.
Sophomore 126-pounder Danny Gallo, senior 145-pounder Benny Garland, junior 160-pounder Dawid Wojs and senior 182-pounder Nico Gallo went undefeated for the Eagles.
“[Those four] are my studs, and we ride those horses pretty hard,” Taft coach Michael Bakula said. “I expect wins from those guys, nothing less. The rest of the guys ride that flow. I wait for them to see success [from the top guys] and build off of that.”
Grayslake Central’s lone victory was a 72-5 win over Corliss. The Rams’ two undefeated wrestlers were senior 113-pounder Kurt Radke and senior 120-pounder Jeff Morrow.
“It was good for us to get back on the mat [Saturday] because we don’t wrestle a ton over winter break,” Rams coach Danny Catanzaro said. “It’s good for us to get back and compete, get some matches under our belt heading into the conference season, especially against teams like Evanston and Taft, who we don’t normally see.”