WILTON – The Northeast wrestling team picked the wrong time to have a bad day.
Needing a top-two finish at Saturday’s 1A District 8 meet at Wilton to advance to the state wrestling meet, a trio of Rebels saw their seasons come to an end instead.
It was an especially tough end for senior 160-pounder Aaron Schoon, who dropped a wrestleback match for second.
Schoon opened his day with a 10-3 setback to No. 4/6 Caleb Lalonde of Mediapolis in the semifinals, but the Rebel rebounded to pin Pekin’s Hunter Conger in 3:13 in the third-place match.
Lalonde, meanwhile, pinned Highland’s Dan Burton in the final to give Schoon the opportunity to wrestle Burton for true second.
After a scoreless first period, Burton struck first with a reversal, but Schoon countered with an escape and then a takedown to take the lead.
Burton, though, scored another reversal and then added three nearfall points to go up 7-3.
Burton added three more nearfall points in the third period to finish off a 10-3 decision.
One weight class up at 170 pounds, Rebels junior Ty Schmidt just missed his own opportunity to wrestle back for second.
Schmidt fell by fall in the semifinals, but built a 4-2 lead after two periods in his third-place match with Jordan Sosa of Highland.
Sosa, though, earned an escape to pull within one and then earned a takedown in the final seconds to win a 5-4 decision.
Senior Remington Overstake also finished fourth at 138 pounds.
Overstake dropped a 9-1 major decision in his semifinal bout with Zach Hammes of Pekin and then found himself in a back-and-forth match with Trent Hendricks of Sigourney-Keota.
Overstake struck first with a takedown, but Hendricks came back with a reversal and two nearfall points to take the lead.
Overstake escaped for a point and then did it again at the start of the second period to tie the match.
Hendricks, though, answered with two takedowns and turned the second one into a fall in 3:53 to finish third.