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Alleman Pioneers
Coach:
James Ealy (1st season)
Last season: 6th in Western Big 6; 7th in Class 1A regional
Returning state qualifiers: None
Other notables: Srs.: Ben West (220), Sean Wetherell (170); Jrs.: Connor Doak (182), Nate Herron (195)
Ealy's view: "This season, we will be trying to revamp the entire program. We don't have very high numbers right now, and that is what we are working on improving. We have the studs in our stable at the upper weights, but we need to fill out the lower weights."

Geneseo Maple Leafs
Coach:
Jon Murray (11th season)
Last season: 7th in Northern Illinois Big 12; 3rd in Class 2A regional
Returning state qualifiers: None
Other notables: Srs.: Tristan Thies (126), Mitch Miller (170/182), Cameron Panicucci (220); Jrs.: Cody Bormann (132), Jarred Bruce (130), Brandon Mizlo (170), Nick Verbeck (285); Sophs.: Ryan Pitra (160/170), Joey Medina (145)
Murray's view: "We're looking forward to a great season. We're filling in the weight classes much better than last season. Depth is a plus right now."

Moline Maroons
Coach:
Todd Thompson (1st season)
Last season: Big 6 runner-up; 6th in Class 3A regional
Returning state qualifiers: None
Other notables: Srs.: Christian Smith (126), Josh Stracner (132), Alex Hillyer (152/160); Jrs.: Eddie Perez (220), Adarios Jones (285)
Thompson's view: "With a new coaching staff and eight starters from last season not returning, we will have a new look. The team will need major leadership from its upperclassmen and continuous improvement throughout the season to challenge for a Western Big 6 and regional title."

Rock Island Rocks
Coach:
Joel Stockwell (5th season)
Last season: Western Big 6 and Class 2A regional champions
Returning state qualifiers: Srs.: B.J. McGhee (120), Michael Cole (170)
Other notables: Srs.: Chase Wiggins (132), Devin Syler (138); Jr.: Jean-Louis Sawadago (145); Soph.: J.T. Jones (152/160)
Stockwell's view: "We are in a rebuilding phase. We have several unproven upperclassmen needed to step into the varsity lineup. We hope our experience at our lower weights will carry us through our inexperienced upper weights."

United Township Panthers
Coach:
Lambros Fotos (2nd season)
Last season: Big 6 runner-up; 5th in Class 2A regional
Returning state qualifiers: None
Other notables: Sr.: Tanner Schuldt (145/152), Deryck Wessels (160), Markus Murphy (170); Jr.: Jeronnie Steward (113); Soph.: Tate Buller (195)
Fotos' view: "We've got a solid core of guys. Our numbers aren't high, but we have a solid core. Our guys have the potential to improve greatly and do a lot better. I'm excited to see them grow and start seeing them win bigger matches. They have that potential."
-- By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com
















 



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