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Class 1A Oregon Sectional Where: Blackhawk Center, Oregon
When: Friday-Saturday
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Times: 4:30 p.m. (Session I, Friday); 9 a.m. (Session II, Saturday); 2:30 p.m. (Session III, Saturday)
FYI: Mercer County leads the local contingent with 11 qualifiers. ... Mercer County 152-pound senior Zach Nelson is the only local individual seeking a second consecutive sectional title. ... Five returning state champions comprise the field, including three two-time state winners. ... Seven individuals enter the sectional with a perfect record, including three at 182 pounds. Riverdale's Terry White with compete in that bracket.

Class 1A Stanford Olympia Sectional Where: Olympia High School, Stanford
When: Friday-Saturday
Times: 4:30 p.m. (Session I, Friday); 10 a.m. (Session II, Saturday); 3 p.m. (Session III, Saturday)
FYI: Kewanee is sending six individuals to this sectional, and Monmouth-Roseville has five more. ... Wethersfield 120-pound sophomore Carter Pillen advanced to the sectional for the second consecutive year. ... Two top-ranked individuals are in the field.

Class 2A Rochelle Sectional Where: Rochelle High School, Rochelle
When: Friday-Saturday
Times: 4:30 p.m. (Session I, Friday); 9 a.m. (Session II, Saturday); 2 p.m. (Session III, Saturday)
FYI: Rock Island 120-pound senior B.J. McGhee looks for his first sectional title since 2011. A year ago, he lost in the semifinals before rebounding to take second in the state meet. ... Geneseo has 11 qualifiers, its most since the Illinois High School Association split into three classes five seasons ago. ... United Township, which has five qualifiers, has not had a sectional champion since current head coach Lambros Fotos won in 2002.

Class 3A Moline Sectional Where: Wharton Field House, Moline
When: Friday-Saturday
Times: 4:30 p.m. (Session I, Friday); 10 a.m. (Session II, Saturday); 3 p.m. (Session III, Saturday)
FYI: Moline has three entrants -- 113-pound freshman Caleb Schnell, 170-pound junior Austin Vanscoy and 285-pound junior Adarios Jones -- in its sectional. ... Jones could face undefeated Naperville Neuqua Valley senior Andrew Geers in the semifinals. ... Vanscoy meets Plainfield Central's Akwasi Aikins in the first round, and Schnell faces Edwardsville's Derek Heil. ... Moline has not had a state qualifier since 2011.
-- By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com
















 



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