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Polo grad has lofty expectations for his junior season with Spartans

Raising Cain at Dubuque

Dubuque junior Ethan Cain (top) works to pin Augustana’s Triston Richardson in their 197-pound bout on Tuesday. Cain won via pin in 1:19.
Dubuque junior Ethan Cain (top) works to pin Augustana’s Triston Richardson in their 197-pound bout on Tuesday. Cain won via pin in 1:19.

Division III Dubuque University defended its home mats last Saturday by winning the Jim Fox Duals in dominating

The Spartans routed MacMurray 51-6, cruised past Concordia (Wis.) 37-6, and edged Cornell (Iowa) 21-17. One of the top wrestlers was 2016 Polo graduate Ethan Cain, who picked up three wins at 197 pounds.

Cain started his day with a first-period pin of MacMurray’s Chanden Morgan, and followed that match with a 17-0 tech fall against Concordia’s Borgan Howard. The former Marco’s 12-4 major decision against Cornell’s Kendale McCoy went a long way in preserving the narrow win.

“Our whole team works really hard in the [wrestling] room, and we really just try to dominate our opponents,” Cain said. “We try to outwork everyone with our skills and conditioning. Once we have our conditioning and strength, I think we’re capable of beating anyone.”

The Spartans rolled past Augustana at home on Tuesday with a 39-10 victory, as Cain needed just 1 minute, 19 seconds to pin Triston Richardson in their 197-pound bout.

Cain is 11-3 in his junior season, and is building off a strong sophomore campaign in which he went 26-10 with 15 pins. He finished fifth at 197 pounds at the NCAA DIII Lowest Midwest Regional last February.

“This year, the goal is to win an NCAA Regional and a national title,” Cain said. “I feel like I’m up there with anyone in the country, and this is the year I can do it.”

An elementary education major, Cain was also named an NCAA Division III Academic All-American and a National Wrestling Coaches Association All-American last March.

“Ethan is one of the hardest workers we have. He’s paid the price,” Dubuque coach Jon McGovern said. “It’s not really a surprise to see all the success he’s had. He’s hopeful and on track to win his bracket and be a national champion.”

Cain went 11-12 with four pins during his freshman season at Dubuque after an illustrious career at Polo. He went 40-3 as a senior for the Marcos, and finished third at 195 pounds in Class 1A.

Cain went 105-16 in his final 3 years at Polo, and narrowly missed medaling at the state tournament in 2014 and 2015.

“One of the biggest lessons I learned at Polo was putting in hard work by yourself,” Cain said. “I had a great coach that mentored me. Now I have great coaches and teammates here at Dubuque that push me to keep working hard and be


Wisconsin-Platteville went 2-1 at the Jim Fox Duals, routing Concordia 51-6 and shutting out MacMurray 54-0 before falling 25-16 to Concordia-

Garrett Passmore, a 2018 Erie grad, pinned Concordia’s Cameron Caldwell in the second period of their 165-pound bout, and pinned MacMurray’s Oswald Hountondji in the third peiod. Passmore lost via tech fall to Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Ryder Sigler in a home dual on Thursday, as the Warhawks beat the Pioneers 26-19.

A pair of Whiteside County natives competed at the Central Invitational last Saturday.

Fulton grad Tyler Fleetwood finished second in the Gold Division at 133 pounds for defending D-III national champion Wartburg. Fleetwood won a 9-1 major decision against Waldorf’s Mario Barrios in the first round, pinned Neosho County Community College’s D’Marcus Hooks in 56 seconds in the quarterfinals, and won a 7-5 decision versus Briar Cliff’s Isiah Lysius in the semis before falling to St. John’s Nolan Becker by a 10-1 major decision in the final.

Morrison grad Joe Eads went 2-2 in the Gold Division at 149 pounds for William Penn University. Eads lost an 8-1 decision in the first round, bounced back with a pair of pins, and lost a 10-4 decision to Graceland University’s Shea Swafford in the consolation

Women’s swimming
& diving

A new year hasn’t halted Kerry Mullen’s strong freshman season at
Division III Lake Forest College.

Mullen, a 2018 Sterling grad, won the 100 freestyle (59.79) and anchored the Foresters’ mixed 200 freestyle relay to a win in 1:41.00 during last Sunday’s triangular against Soka University and Principia in Aliso Viejo, California.

Men’s basketball

Fellow Sterling grad Dimitric Young scored four points in 6 minutes for D-III Loras College in an 89-71 road loss to No. 1-ranked Nebraska Wesleyan last Saturday.

Tyler Bruggenwirth, 2018 Fulton grad, had four points for Illinois Central in a 91-82 home win over Illinois Wesleyan’s JV team on Tuesday.

Women’s basketball

Mount Morris native Sam Lambrigtsen poured in a team-high 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists last Friday in D-II Hawaii Pacific’s 79-72 road win over Fresno Pacific.

Brooke Bailey, a 2014 Dixon grad, scored six points and passed out a team-high five assists in D-II Truman State’s 73-51 road win over Indianapolis last Saturday. Bailey recorded 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in an 83-72 road win over Southern Indiana on Thursday.

Fellow Dixon native Britney Pitzer had seven points for D-III Benedictine University in a 61-52 home win over Wisconsin Lutheran last Saturday. Pitzer added five points in a 72-53 road win against the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Thursday.

Lyndon native Clare Kramer continued her recent hot streak with 13 points and three rebounds for D-III
Augustana in a 77-65 road win over North Park last Saturday.

Eastland grad Lexis Macomber finished with six points and five rebounds for D-III Wisconsin-Platteville in a 57-52 road loss to Wisconsin-La Crosse last Saturday. She hit three free throws and grabbed three rebounds in a 57-36 road loss to Wisconsin-River Falls on Wednesday. Milledgeville grad Mady Frederick played 3 minutes off the bench for UWRF.

Abbee Sigel, a 2018 Rock Falls grad, scored 12 points on four 3-pointers for NAIA St. Xavier in a 101-55 home win over Trinity Christian on Wednesday.

Oregon grad Emylyn Wright recorded game highs in points (36) and rebounds (10) in NAIA Judson University’s 69-63 road win over Trinity Christian last Saturday. Wright’s 36 points were tied for the third-highest individual scoring performance in school history. She also had team highs in points (23) and assists (6) in a 123-71 home loss to Olivet Nazarene on Wednesday.

Parkland College picked up a 93-46 home win over Kishwaukee last Friday, in a game that featured four locals.

Olivia Babcock, a 2017 Rock Falls grad, stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block for Parkland.

Rashel Robinson, a 2016 Sterling grad, recorded a double-double for Kishwaukee with 10 points and 11 rebounds. A pair of 2018 Oregon grads also played for the Kougars. Lani Morris scored a team-high 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Addie Kitzmiller had five points in 7 minutes.

Babcock added 11 points, four rebounds, five assists and two blocks in a 68-58 road loss to South Suburban on

Jordan Price, a 2017 Fulton grad, scored eight points and grabbed three boards in Carl Sandburg’s 56-47 road win over Kishwaukee on Thursday. Robinson had five points and four rebounds, while Kitzmiller added two points and six boards for the Kougars.

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