By Joseph Phillips
The Kenwood Broncos Wrestling team defeated the DuSable Panthers 27-24 in a round robbin match held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., on Saturday afternoon.
The Broncos were excited to kick off their first match of the season and were looking to make a statement against the Panthers.
“Our goal is to finish first in the city this year,” said Kenwood junior wrestler Jake McGinnis.
“We have been preparing for this first match for the longest, and we want to do our best.” McGinnis said.
And that they did, thanks to the senior leadership of All-City Football running back Derrick Young as he inspired his team to dominate in the weight classes of 113, 126, 138, 152, 170, 195 and 285 pounds. Young and McGinnis swept both of their matches, earning two fast pins individually.
Kenwood wrestling coach Terry Henley explained that the goal for this year’s team is to earn wins through the four categories of pins and take downs, technical falls, majority decisions and most importantly fast pins — which are every coach’s dream.
“I would like to see Derrick dominate this year,” said coach Henley.
“Being it’s his senior year, I would like for him to go out on top, winning conference, city and the state championship. That would be amazing,” Henley said.
With the victory the Broncos improved to 1-0 on the season with their next match being the 3A Regional Tournament on Saturday Feb. 8 at 8 a.m., hosted by Mt. Carmel High School, 6410 S. Dante Ave.