SYCAMORE – Five are still alive for championships after the first day of competition Friday night at the Class 2A Sycamore Sectional wrestling tournament.
Dixon’s Clint Schielein (182 pounds), Sterling’s Turner Garcia (160) and Rock Falls’ Adam Meenen (132) were each regional champs and only had to win one bout to advance to the semifinals. Sterling’s Isaiah Figueroa (138) and Dixon’s Sebastian Quintana (160) each won two bouts to punch their tickets to the semis.
Schielein rolled to a 5-1 win against Pontiac’s Tyler Lanning.
“I always try to stay strong and smart,” Schielein said. “You’ve just got to take your match easy and take them one at a time.”
Garcia was never in any danger as he gained a 10-4 win against Belvidere North’s Sean Lock. Lock had defeated Garcia in last year’s sectional semifinal.
“Having that bye turned out to be really nice, because I got to see how he wrestled and what he did a lot,” Garcia said. “I picked up on what he did, and worked on it on the side with my coaches. I wrestled him last year and he beat me, so I had that in mind.”
Meenen won by pin in 5 minutes, 42 seconds against Morton’s Drew Greenwood.
Figueroa opened with a 5-1 decision against Marengo’s Cameron Miller, then polished off Canton’s Curtis Norton by pin in 3:03.
“Wrestling has been on my mind,” Figueroa said, “and I just wanted to come out and show everybody what I could do.”
Quintana had a similar day to Figueroa. He began with a 5-1 win against Limestone’s Hunter Jarvis, then won by pin in 3:23 against Jacob Barkley of Morris.
“The second match I wrestled well, but the first one, not so much,” Quintana said. “I felt pretty lazy and not as energized the first match. Once I got the first one out of the way, I felt pretty good.”
Dixon 170-pounder Hunter Pate, a regional champ, was pinned by Metamora’s Xavier Gutierrez in 1:25 in the quarterfinals.
Local wrestlers who won their first-round bout then lost in the quarterfinals were Rock Falls’ Brayden Tarbill (106) and Izaih James (126); and Sterling’s Julian Rodriguez (113), Mauricio Garcia (126), Noah Garcia (132) and Moises Lopez (182).
Locals losing their first-round bouts were Rock Falls’ Ethan Cravatta (145) and Butch Elder (152), Sterling’s Ethan Edmondson (152), and Dixon’s Dylan Messer (220). Only Messer will have an opportunity in the consolation bracket.