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Two Warriors advance to semis

Sterling's Jaden Urrutia and Bryant Lilly, and Dixon's Kylian Lally each earned berths into the semifinals after the first day of competition on Friday at the Class 2A Pontiac Sectional.

Urrutia received a first-round bye at 113 pounds, then posted a 6-2 decision against Ottawa's Mitch Krueger.

Lilly, who bumped up to 220 pounds for the postseason, won a pair of bouts. He opened with with a 4-2 decision against Peoria Central's Keith Wright, then won by pin against Marengo's Justin Dauphin.

Lally, like Urrutia, was a regional champ and received a bye. In the quarterfinals, he won by injury default against Pontiac's Vaughn Hobart.

Sterling's Isaac Figueroa (120) and Will Canales (182) each won first-round bouts, but lost in the quarterfinals.

Losing in the first round were Sterling's Andrew Garcia (138), Nick Terronez (152) and Cariel Beasley (285), as well as Dixon's Trent Brinkmeier (138), Trent Scott (182), Connor Sperling (195) and Ryan Troutman (220).

Class 1A Byron Sectional

A baker's dozen of area wrestlers qualified for the semifinals of the Class 1A Byron Sectional, following first round and quarterfinal bouts on Friday.

Leading the group are four Newman Comets: Elias Edmondson at 138 pounds, Jake Snow (145), Brandon Ahlgrim (152) and Bryce Ivey (170).

Morrison, Polo and West Carroll each have two semifinalists. For the Mustangs, they are Joe Eads (106) and Austin Shoup (182); for the Marcos, they are Ethan Cain (160) and Jacob Cain (195); for the Thunder, they are Paawan Dandona (113) and Jeff Casey (126).

Also advancing were Oregon's Dominic Marchetti (145), Erie-Prophetstown's Nick Williams (170) and Rock Falls' Lucas Newburgh (195).

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