CHAMPAIGN -- Nate Magiera was down, but not for long.
The Wauconda senior bounced back from his first loss of the season with a bang on Thursday night, scoring a 16-1 technical fall at 3:09 in the preliminary round of the Class 2A state tournament at State Farm Center.
That sends Magiera, 45-1 and top-ranked by IllinoisMatmen.com, to Friday's 220-pound quarterfinals against fourth-ranked Toby Rivera of Champaign Central.
Magiera hopes that will be one more step closer to a rematch with Montini's Edgar Ruano, who beat him 3-1 in the Lakes Sectional championship.
"I know that loss in the sectional finals really did amp up my conditioning, my overall focus in practice and everything," Magiera said.
He wasted no time in taking control Thursday, which was the plan.
"I worked hard," Magiera said. "I know I had a bad match in my sectional final and I feel like I want to redeem myself. ... I just wanted to keep the pace up for this whole entire state tournament."
Libertyville's Steve Polakowski has a similar mindset.
"Just trying to wrestle as hard as I can for as long as I'm on the mat," the senior 120-pounder said after getting a technical fall in 5:08 against Glenbard East's Anfarnee Rodgers in a Class 3A opener.
The plan for Friday's quarterfinals?
"Same thing," said Polakowski, who is ranked No. 2. "Just worry about one match as a time. Don't worry about the next kid, score when I can. Score my points, wrestle my match, keep my intensity up and there's no reason I can't win this tournament."
Polakowski was one of five Wildcats to advance to the quarterfinals. The others: fourth-ranked Joey Gunther (37-6) at 152, third-ranked Kayne MacCallum (40-1) at 170, Austin Koziol (30-6) at 182 and fifth-ranked Chris McDermand (38-3) at 285.
Zion-Benton advanced Anthony Munoz (39-7) at 113 and Mark Miller (40-7) at 195, while Deerfield's winners were sixth-ranked Andrew Mehrholz (47-4) at 120 and second-ranked Colton Emmerich (44-1) at 182.
Also moving on in 3A were Lake Forest's Regis Durbin (38-0) at 195, Warren's fourth-ranked Emery Parker (37-2) at 160 and Stevenson's Tyler Harrington (36-6) at 170.
In Class 2A, Antioch had three prelim winners: Briley Schultz (34-4) at 106, Patrick Schoenfelder (35-15) at 132 and George Bessette (38-5) at 195.
Lake County's other 2A quarterfinalists are Vernon Hills' Jordan Reich (39-4) at 132, Carmel's Anthony Swindell (35-9) at 138 and Lakes' Kavan Mulloy (34-6) at 152.