Class 1A Byron Sectional
When: 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: Byron High School
Local individuals to watch: Joe Eads, Morrison 106 pounds; Jeff Casey, West Carroll 126 pounds; Jake Snow, Newman 145 pounds; Jared Cole, Erie-Prophetstown 145 pounds; Brady Rude, Newman 160 pounds; Garrett Rude, Oregon 160 pounds; Ethan Cain, Polo 160 pounds; Austin Keller, Morrison 160 pounds; Bryce Ivey, Newman 170 pounds; Nick Williams, Erie-Prophetstown 170 pounds; Austin Shoup, Morrison 182 pounds; Lucas Newburgh, Rock Falls 195 pounds; Brandon Anderson, West Carroll 285 pounds
Other individuals to watch: Brady Willsie, Byron 106 pounds; Nolan Baker, Byron 113 pounds; Hunter Spengler, Sherrard 113 pounds; Nelson Baker, Byron 120 pounds; Chance Teel, Sherrard 126 pounds; Sage Friese, Seneca 126 pounds; Josh Alber, Dakota 132 pounds; Jacob DeVolder, Orion 138 pounds; J.J. Wolfe, Dakota 138 pounds; Carver James, Dakota 152 pounds; Quincy Kalkbrenner, Lena-Winslow 160 pounds; Matthew Weeks, Mercer County 182 pounds; Sean Ward, Winnebago 182 pounds; Terry White, Riverdale 195 pounds; Ty Harmston, Lena-Winslow 220 pounds; Ross Sealby, Byron 220 pounds; Daniel Zimmerman, Dakota 220 pounds; Ben Corlett, Sherrard 285 pounds
Outlook: The Class 1A sectional in northwest Illinois is loaded each year, and this one is no different. Champions are definitely considered threats, if not favorites, to win state titles, and those advancing will have their chances as well. A few things to watch: Newman's Snow had a big hurdle taken out of his path at 145 pounds when Dakota's J.J. Wolfe dropped down to 138. Snow and Wolfe split bouts this season. The 160-pound bracket is filled with top local talent as Newman's Brady Rude, Oregon's Garrett Rude and Polo's Ethan Cain are all dangerous, though the favorite might be Le-Win's Quincy Kalkbrenner. Three of the state's best reside at 220 pounds in Le-Win's Harmston, Byron's Sealby and Dakota's Zimmerman. They have just five losses between them. And finally, Dakota 132-pounder Josh Alber will continue his quest to become the first undefeated, four-time state champion.
Advancement: Top four finishers in each weight class advance to state.