BYRON – Seneca wrestlers Sage Friese and Tommy Lovett made the state cut Saturday at the Class 1A Byron Sectional, each finishing second on the day.
Friese lost the 126-pound weight class to Andrew Wenger of Dakota by a 5-3 count, and Lovett lost the title at 182 pounds to Sean Ward of Winnebego by fall in 4:34.
Dalton Coyle also narrowly missed making it out of Byron at 170, but he came one match short of qualifying.
Friese started the tournament by defeating Jesse Ditzler of Polo by fall in 1:54 before beating Caleb Park of Aurora Central Catholic, 14-11. Lovett began the event by beating Humberto Esparza-Rodri of Mooseheart by fall 4:42 and he then knocked off Matthew Weeks of Mercer County, 5-3.
Coyle started the tournament by getting a win by fall over Daniel Mowka of Aurora Central Catholic before losing a 9-7 decision to Nick Williams of Erie, but he then bounced back with two wins by fall. He pinned Sean Cory of Lena-Winslow in 5:25 before being eliminated by Dylon Lydon of Dakota by a 10-1 count.
Dwight got its 17th win of the season by beating the Comets behind 21 points by Triston Dircks. Drew Travers added 19.
For Reed-Custer, Travis Schoonover and Logan Zavala had 14 points each while Mason Dransfeldt added 13 and Zach Zoltani had 11.
"Dwight came out and did a good job of pressuring our guards and took away passing lanes," R-C coach Mark Porter said. "We need to do a better job of handling some half court and full court pressure and we did not."
Reed-Custer is 14-11. The Comets won the sophomore game, 83-68, behind19 points by A.J. Simonelli.
Coal City 42
Brennen Shetina had 19 points and Nick Peters had 10 in the loss.
"Peotone completely outplayed us in the second half," Coal City coach Brad Boresi said. "We turned the ball over too much and failed to make free throws when needed."
On Saturday, Coal City lost to Clifton Central, 71-40.
"It was nice to get everyone a chance to play tonight," Boresi said. "They have a nice team and should do well in the postseason."
The Fighting Irish won their 21st game of the season, in the process clinching the Interstate Eight Conference regualr season (9-0) in the process.
"The kids played a great game. It was a very balanced effort," Seneca coach Russell Witte said. "I couldn't be prouder."
Seneca was led by Alex Bott with 12 points. Devin Leo added 10.
Seneca won the sophomore game, 50-37, behind 15 points each from Ross McCormick and Arik Applebee.
Beecher 47, OT
Tristan Noonan had 15 points and Kyle Robison had 14 in the River Valley Conference game.
"Another tough battle for our kids, but we were able to find a way to get a win at home," GSW coach Chris Gibson said. "We were down 13-5 early and by four at one point in the overtime, but had great composure down the stretch and that's really what allowed us to be successful."
Leona Burton had 16 points and five steals, and Julie Jurasits added 11 points and six rebounds in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East loss.
Coal City 40,
Coal City got off to a 14-1 start in the first quarter and then led 29-9 at halftime before putting the game away.
Britta Spelde led the Coalers with 14 points, while Emily Halliday added 12.
"We got off to a great start tonight and we were able to control the game in the second half," Coal City coach Brad Schmitt said. "I'm really proud of these kids and what they were able to accomplish in the regular season."