Adarios Jones is returning home for the sectional.|
In this case, that's a good thing.
Jones, a Moline 285-pound junior, captured the Class 3A Joliet Central Regional title on Saturday to advance into the sectional round. The second consecutive regional title means Jones will wrestle at Wharton Field House as Moline hosts the sectional starting on Friday evening.
"I'm counting down the days," Jones said. "It's going to come fast. That means each practice and each day is vital."
Ironically, Jones has not wrestled at match at Wharton this year. The Maroons hosted United Township in the venerable facility last month, but Jones earned a forfeit victory.
"It's going to mean a lot to be at home," Jones said.
In three matches, Jones earned two falls and a major decision. He won the title with a second-period pin over Normal West junior Kyrin Tucker.
"I wrestled to the best of my ability," Jones said. "I should have gotten another pin, but a win is a win."
With the title, Jones gets a bye into the sectional quarterfinal.
"People don't understand how good his balance is," said Moline coach Todd Thompson, whose team finished fifth in the nine-team regional. "All the time he's put in over the summer shows. He can wrestle in all three aspects."
Also earning sectional berths were 113-pound freshman Caleb Schnell and 170-pound junior Austin Vanscoy. Schnell finished second after dropping a 5-0 decision to New Lenox Providence senior Ronald Triche.
"He's a fighter," Thompson said of Schnell. "He comes into practice everyday wanting to learn and get better. He shows no quit."
Vanscoy earned a sectional berth with a 3-1 overtime decision over Minooka sophomore Chris Hiscock.
"I was happy with the individuals who made it," Thompson said.
The reward is a trip home.
"We used it as a motivating factor," Thompson said. "It will be nice to get that luxury to be at home. It will be great to have sectionals."
Kewanee gets four regional champs: The Boilermakers received titles from Bo Walters (126 pounds), Mark Breedlove (132), Omar Delgado (145) and Jack Breedlove (170) at the Class 1A Eureka Regional.
"Anytime you can have a regional champion, you get excited. Having more than one is always fun," Kewanee coach Charley Eads said. "The kids wrestled hard. I was pleased."
Kewanee received a runner-up finish from 182-pound sophomore Anthony Barnhill.
Logan Millizer (170) and Caine Cokel (220) won regional titles for Monmouth-Roseville. Justin Kinney (113) and Lane McIntyre (152) each took second.
Wethersfield sophomore Carter Pillen finished second at 120 pounds.
All advancing individuals move onto the Stanford Olympia Sectional.