Posted Online: Feb. 17, 2013, 7:46 pm
Dual-team sectional preview
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Class 1A Byron Sectional Pairing: No. 5 Mercer County (21-3) vs. No. 7 Harvard (25-3)
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Mercer County's Zach Nelson is declared winner after his 152-pound state semifinal match against McNarmara's Kyle Betourne in their Class 1A state bout. Nelson advanced to Saturday's title match with a 5-3 win over Betourne. Nelson then won the championship with a first-period pin.
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Byron High School, Byron
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Mercer County lineup: 106: Drake Stirn (So.); 113: A.J. Klingaman (Fr.); 120: Preston Adams (Jr.); 126: Trenton Murphy (Fr.) or Trae Blaser (Fr.); 132: Tomas Malone (Fr.); 138: Tristen Finch (So.); 145: Logan Snyder (Sr.); 152: Zach Nelson (Sr.); 160: Devin Morford (Sr.); 170: Jon Ricke (Sr.); 182: Matthew Weeks (So.); 195: Mason Weeks (So.); 220: Bobby Lincoln (Jr.); 285: Alex Kisner (Jr.)
Harvard lineup: 106: Anthony Luis (Jr.); 113: Mark Struck (Jr.); 120: Irvin Pena (Sr.); 126: Johnny Peterson (Fr.); 132: Chance Shelton (Sr.); 138: Christian Kramer (So.); 145: Isaiah Rudd (Jr.); 152: Travis Heck (Sr.); 160: Matt Wheeler (Jr.); 170: Jose Mejia (Jr.); 182: Marcos Tapia (Jr.); 195: Zack Martin (Fr.); 220: Christian Popoca (So.); 285: Adam Friemund (Jr.)
FYI: Mercer County won its second consecutive regional title, but Harvard captured its 25th in the last 26 years. However, the Hornets have reached state twice in the last 10 years. ... Each team had an individual state champion, with Anthony Luis (106 pounds) and Zach Nelson (152) winning their first-ever titles. ... Harvard coach Tim Haak won his 600th dual this season. ... A year ago, the Golden Eagles finished third in Class 1A. ... The winner faces either No. 4 Plano or Melrose Park Walther Lutheran in a 9 a.m. state quarterfinal at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.
Class 2A Rochelle Sectional Pairing: No. 6 Geneseo (21-2) vs. No. 13 East Peoria (19-3)
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Rochelle High School, Rochelle
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Geneseo lineup: 106: Tumbo Tumbarello (Fr.); 113: Jon Warner (Fr.); 120: Hunter Grau (Fr.); 126: Clayton Kennedy (So.); 132: Josh Dodge (Sr.); 138: Jarred Bruce (Jr.); 145: Josiah Cropp (So.); 152: Joey Medina (So.); 160: Ryan Pitra (So.); 170: Brandon Mizlo (Jr.); 182: Mitch Miller (Sr.); 195: Lane Akre (So.); 220: Cam Panicucci (Sr.); 285: Nick Verbeck (Jr.)
East Peoria lineup: 106: Phoenix Stewart (Fr.); 113: Zach Hogan (Fr.); 120: Austin Harper (Sr.); 126: Casey McWhirter (Jr.); 132: Shanen Pitzer (So.); 138: Wolfgang Nelson (So.);145: Bryce Sandoval (So.); 152: Drew Foster (Jr.); 160: Tony Hall (Jr.); 170: Jacob Lovell (So.); 182: Evan Betz (So.); 195: Kade McDonald (195); 220: Lucas Joseph (Sr.); 285: Calvin Bristol (Jr.)
FYI: Geneseo is appearing in the sectional for the first time in 18 years after winning the Rock Island Regional. The Raiders won the Morton Regional. … Neither team has ever reached the state tournament. … Lucas Joseph won the 220-pound state title on Saturday night, the first in school history. … East Peoria coach Phil Johns won the 1987 Class AA 119-pound state title as a Canton senior. … Brandon Mizlo finished sixth in the 170-pound bracket. … Tuesday's winner faces either Bloomington or Springfield in a 9 a.m. state quarterfinal at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.
By Daniel Makarewicz, firstname.lastname@example.org