GENESEO – There Trent Scott was, laying in agony with his season apparently over.
Amazingly, the Dixon High School junior recovered from what appeared to be a serious injury to his right ankle. Scott wrestled all but the first 21 seconds of the key match with little use of his right leg.
He fought out a thrilling 16-12 win over Rochelle's Eli Keating to claim third place at 182 pounds on Saturday, and earn a berth in sectionals at the Class 2A Geneseo Regional.
"I felt a pop. It didn't feel too good," Scott said. "But, I worked my [butt] off all year to get here, so I wasn't going to just let it go, just because of a little injury. I was almost begging them to let me wrestle. I could only use that leg for stability, to keep me from falling over."
Scott said he was told by a trainer that at best he has a high ankle sprain, and at worst has a small fracture. He anticipates being able to wrestle at sectionals.
"Trent said, 'Coach, I can't let my last match end this way,'" Dixon coach Chris Bishop said of Scott. "That's just heart. He wanted it that bad."
Scott (9-15) was one of five Dukes to advance to sectionals. Sterling grabbed seven sectional-qualifying spots.
Dixon and Sterling each had one regional champion. The winning Warrior was sophomore Jaden Urrutia at 113, while the Dukes' champ was senior Kylian Lally at 145.
Urrutia (19-4) pinned Rochelle's Jeff Board in 3:57 in his final.
"I feel great. I think this confidence will carry over to sectionals," Urrutia said. "This is the first step; it's one match at a time, all the way to the state series. I faced him before, and the score was 5-2. I adjusted, and it helped me out a lot."
Lally (30-4) earned a 6-2 decision over Rochelle's T.C. Hager in their title bout.
"I gave up some points, and my hips were a little off, but other than that, I think I went out strong," Lally said. "I wrestled him once at the beginning of the season at 152, and it was about the same. I feel like I'm peaking."
Sterling piled up four runners-up. They were freshman Isaac Figueroa (14-14) at 120, sophomore Nick Terronez (18-14) at 152, senior Will Canales (18-15) at 182, and senior Bryant Lilly (26-10) at 220.
Lilly, who wrestled at 195 all season, moved up to 220 in the hopes of bettering his chances to get to state.
He nearly won his final with Geneseo's Lane Akre, who got a reversal and two back points in the final seconds to break a 2-all tie and earn a 6-2 decision.
"The first match was a little iffy," Lilly said. "I'm 30 pounds lighter than these guys, and he felt really heavy."
Lilly's older brother, Curtis, was a standout heavyweight at Sterling. Wrestling with Curtis helped prepare Bryant for this type of move up in weight class.
"We've gone at it a lot, and I've always been about a hundred pounds lighter than him," Bryant said. "I got used to it. It helped a lot. He taught me a lot."
"We're looking at how we can get Bryant to state, and our best way to do that was to go to 220," Charlie Bishop said. "He showed us and himself that he can do well there. With Curtis, he's used to pushing around big guys."
Dixon senior Trent Brinkmeier (23-10) was the runner-up at 138. He was pinned by Geneseo's Cody Bormann in 3:21 in their final.
Five locals, including Scott, came away with victories in must-win, third-place bouts.
Two of Scott's teammates took third – freshman Ryan Troutman (8-10) at 220, and sophomore Connor Sperling (16-14) at 195.
Troutman pinned IVC's Aaron Kirchner in just 37 seconds, while Sperling pinned Sterling's Riley Cornwell in 5:38.
The Warriors had a pair of third-place finishers in sophomores Andrew Garcia (19-18) at 138, and Cariel Beasley (25-17) at 285.
Garcia cruised to a 7-0 decision over Rochelle's Austin Eckhardt. Beasley pinned Rochelle's Will Lawhorn in 1:05.
Team-wise, second-ranked Geneseo dominated, piling up nine champions and 12 sectional qualifiers on the way to 258 points.
Sterling was a solid second with 156. Dixon finished fourth with 107 points, just behind Rochelle at 110.
"If you would have asked me at the beginning of the season, could we get seven to sectionals, I would have said, 'No way,'" Charlie Bishop said. "We had 11 in the last round, and I only had three seniors today."
"If you told me yesterday we would take five guys on, I would have felt pretty good," Chris Bishop said. "I'm very proud of our kids. From last season to this season, they've done a lot. They've grown a lot as a team."
Class 2A Geneseo Regional
First place: Jaden Urrutia (Sterling) 113; Kylian Lally (Dixon) 145)
Second place: Isaac Figueroa (Sterling) 120; Trent Brinkmeier (Dixon) 138; Nick Terronez (Sterling) 152; Will Canales (Sterling) 182; Bryant Lilly (Sterling) 220
Third place: Andrew Garcia (Sterling) 138; Trent Scott (Dixon) 182; Connor Sperling (Dixon) 195; Ryan Troutman (Dixon) 220; Cariel Beasley (Sterling) 285