GRIFFITH | Kankakee Valley's seniors will never know the feeling of losing at the Griffith Super Duals.
The Kougars cruised to a 4-0 record and won the annual event for the fourth consecutive season Saturday.
"Our main goal was to win this," K.V. coach Brad Burvan said. "You want to repeat your win, if you can. Our team came to wrestle."
Junior Tim Schoonveld won all four of his matches at 182, three of them by pin. Schoonveld said he spent much his day working on takedowns.
"We have a lot more solid competition coming up, but (Saturday) was a good day; we won the tournament," he said. "We had some kids step up (Saturday), definitely."
Burvan didn't think his team wrestled perfectly, though.
"I think we wrestled kind of sluggish; we've got to get better to compete with the bigger schools," he said. "I'm ready for the kids to get back in school. They stay up late."
Griffith was the only team to give K.V. trouble, as the Kougars won their four duals by average of almost 40 points. The Panthers kept it close, but ultimately lost 38-27.
"Griffith, they're going to get tougher each and every year," Burvan said. "They're going to be a tougher team with (coach Daniel Bedoy) in there; a tough team to beat in a few years or even next year, possibly."
Griffith 106-pound freshman Jeremiah Reitz was 5-0, which included one forfeit. Reitz's only blemish on his 19-1 season record is a loss to Penn's Drew Hildebrandt, one of only three wrestlers ranked higher than Reitz.
"I wrestled solid, but I could've done a few things better; I was a little sloppy," said Reitz, who helped the host Panthers go 4-1 and finish second. "I got away with things I wouldn't have gotten away with against other kids. I don't want to be doing that."