When he came into this world 17 years ago, Trent Williams, a triplet, weighed in at a whopping four pounds, two ounces.
He was the tiny one.
Brother Kyle checked in at five pounds, four ounces.
Sister Elise: 5 pounds, two ounces.
Look at Trent Williams now.
The muscular, 5-foot-10 Glenbrook North junior is all grown up. And going places.
Williams qualified to this weekend’s Class 3A state wrestling tournament in Champaign after taking runner-up honors in the 220-pound weight class at the Barrington Sectional on Feb. 10.
He will head to the showcase meet with a 35-7 record.
Win No. 36 eluded him, when he lost a 7-3 decision to super strong Cadin Koeppel of Cary-Grove High School in the final.
Once again, Williams was the “tiny one”.
The “spec sheet” favored Koeppel.
“I’m 205,” said Williams. “And he’s a full 220 pounds.”
Koeppel (35-5), a ranked wrestler (honorable mention) by Illinois Matmen who recorded pins in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, definitely owned the early part of the title match. He scored two takedowns in the first period and carried that to a 6-1 advantage early in the third period.
“[Koeppel] came out aggressively. I wasn’t prepared for that,” said Williams. “He got a pretty good lead on me.”
But Williams, as he is apt to do, never settled. He didn’t go quietly. He came up with a breakthrough takedown with 35 seconds left in period three. He made Koeppel work until the horn sounded.
“He was still breathing hard, when we went up there,” said Williams, pointing to the podium.
Williams, who pinned Round Lake’s Javier Ambriz in the quarterfinal (2:48) and defeated Rockton Hononegah’s Nate Kaiser in the semifinal (9-2), basically took his performance in stride.
“This tournament felt like any other tournament to me,” he said.
“I’m still processing it,” Williams added. “Maybe I’ll feel it more, when I go to school on Monday.”