GENESEO - The Geneseo High School wrestling team finished second in the Rock Island Class 2A regional on Saturday but advanced nine wrestlers to sectional competition.
Rock Island won the regional title with 190.5 points ahead of Geneseo's 167. Other participating teams and their scores were Freeport 150, LaSalle-Peru 149, Sterling 110, Galesburg 29 and United Township 18. Rock Island had finished fifth in the Western Big 6 Conference tourney the previous week. Geneseo was team champion of the WB6 meet it hosted.
"We did the best that we could. I'm proud of them," said Geneseo coach Jon Murray. "The heavyweight class had six of the top nine ranked wrestlers in the state in our regional. It was a tough regional for the guys."
The Leafs needed to win first place at regional to advance to sectional dual competition. Geneseo's individual wrestlers will compete at the Rochelle Sectional on Friday and Saturday.
The Maple Leafs were led by individual regional championss Clay DeBaille at 152 pounds and Logan Tuggle at 138. DeBaille (20-9) decisioned Brandon Lawver of Rock Island 4-2 in his championship match. Tuggle decisioned Tarrone Jackson of Freeport 3-1 in his title match.
Taking second places were Carson Raya (20-15) at 106, Anthony Montez (28-5) at 113, Cade Hornback (31-7) at 120, Luke Henkhaus (32-6) at 126 and Kyle State (22-12) at 160.
Raya fell to Freeport's Tayler Calair 5-0 in a championship match, Montez was decisioned by Freeport5s Markel Baker 5-1, Hornback was edged by Rock Island's Aoci Bernard 2-1, Henkhaus was blanked by L-P's Ayden Sines 6-0 and State fell to Rock Island's Trenton Syler 7-6.
Also advancing to sectional was 195-pounder Eli Allen who took third with a pin over Freeport's Jahrem Brown in 1:18.
The top two finishers at 195 were disqualified following the championship match.
Earning a fourth place to advance was Will McKelvain (20-14) at 170 pounds who was forced to withdraw from his third place match with an injury.
"We're feeling pretty good about our wrestlers chances to get to the state tourney," said Murray.
"All have a chance to get through."
"But at some point, you have to beat a good wrestler to get to state."