PONTIAC — Practically every member of the Seneca Fighting Irish wrestling squad who qualified for the Pontiac Class 1A Individual Sectional acquitted himself well Friday and Saturday.
One in particular — and in winning a sectional championship, earned himself a trip to the IHSA Class 1A Individual Meet later this week in Champaign.
Jackson Beene claimed the title at 152 pounds, going a perfect 3-0 after earning an opening-round bye. Beene (40-2) left little doubt, in fact, winning his first two matches via technical falls, 17-0 and 16-0, before scoring a third-period pin of Dwight/Gardner-South Wilmington's Cade Enerson in 5 minutes, 14 seconds for the sectional championship and best possible state draw.
Five other Irish grapplers won multiple matches in the sectional and came close to state berths. Cody Carvell (120), Owen Feiner (132) and Gavin Robertson (182) all went 3-2 in Pontiac, with Luke Sangston (106) and Joey Hatz (160) posting 2-2 marks. Jacob Hampton (285) added one win in three bouts.
McAlpines area's best in Byron
At the Byron Class 1A Sectional, five of the area's 10 entries from Marquette Academy and Somonauk High School scored victories, though none advanced.
Marquette's Maverick McAlpine (145 pounds) and Hunter McAlpine (220) came closest, each posting 3-2 records before falling in the consolation semifinals, one win shy of state. Somonauk's Shea Reisel (106), Aaron Banister (120) and Jared Banister (152) all posted 1-2 marks in Amboy.
Also competing at the sectional but not scoring a victory were Somonauk's Joey Rowan (160) and Eli Ciesielczyk (138) as well as Marquette's Jake Mitchell (170), Brenton Sampson (160) and Logan Petre (126).