The century mark: Chase Luensman records milestone win at MV double dual

Chase Luensman exults after posting his 100th career wrestling victory for the Panthers. Luensman defeated his Anamosa opponent during the Maquoketa Valley double dual Jan. 9. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Monticello’s Lake Stahlberg scores a pin against Anamosa.

Ethan Tallman of the Panthers pins his Anamosa opponent Jan. 9 at Maquoketa Valley.

Chase Luensman poses with a Monticello Express poster depicting his 100th career win.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     There were ups and downs for the Monticello High School wrestling team in a double dual at Maquoketa Valley Jan. 8, but there was one high point that stood above the others: junior Chase Luensman’s 100th career victory.

     Luensman achieved the milestone in his match against Anamosa, scoring a pin and then holding up his arms in celebration as a large Monticello fan section cheered.

     “This is a great milestone for Chase, and shows his consistency of winning, due to the fact he missed a lot of last season due to a broken foot,” Monticello coach Ryan Luensman said. “Chase is on pace to become the winningest wrestler in Monticello’s history. It will be fun to see how the rest of his career progresses.”

     Monticello split its two matches Monday, beating Anamosa 48-36 and losing to Maquoketa Valley 45-36.

     “We started off strong against Anamosa, but we ended up losing Spencer Avery to an illegal slam,” coach Luensman said. “That played a factor in the next dual against MV. That dual was ours to win or lose, and we just didn’t get it done. We had some good individual performances, but we didn’t put the complete team effort out there that we had been seeing throughout the season.”

     Ethan Tallman, Chase Luensman and Lake Stahlberg each scored two pins. Also going 2-0, with a pin and a forfeit, were Alaina Sunlin and Kain Luensman. Thomas Broderick and Gavin Holub recorded pins against Anamosa.

     “Lake Stahlberg is getting stronger every time he wrestles,” the coach said. “It is great to see him back on the mat.”

     Monticello was back on the mat Saturday at the Loyd Shaffer Invitational in Marion. Kain Luensman won the championship at 113 pounds, while Chase Luensman (132) and Stahlberg (220) were second. Gavin Holub was fifth at 182.

     “That was the toughest tournament of the year so far,” coach Luensman said. “Kain had a great tournament, picking up wins over the No. 10 and No. 3-ranked wrestlers in the state. Chase looked solid, but did struggle in the finals. He needs to stick with what he does and does well.

     “Lake did a great job of staying in position and taking advantage of opportunities. Gavin had a good day. He is a lot tougher than he gives himself credit for.”

JV tournament

     The Panthers sent seven wrestlers to a junior varsity tournament at Western Dubuque Jan. 12. Thomas Broderick was a champion at 152 pounds, and Andrew Wall finished third at 120.


Jan. 9

Maq. Valley

double dual

Monticello 48,

Anamosa 36

(Monticello wrestlers listed first)

     195 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 220 – Lake Stahlberg pinned Connor Andresen, 0:43. 285 – Tyler Kuper won by forfeit. 106 – Alaina Sunlin won by forfeit. 113 – Kain Luensman won by forfeit. 120 – Ethan Tallman pinned Cameron Breashears, 0:51. 126 – Andrew Wall was pinned by Morgan Rowley, 2:34. 132 – Chase Luensman pinned Haiden Smith, 3:38. 138 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 145 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 152 – Thomas Broderick pinned Marshall Fowler, 3:06. 160 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 170 – Spencer Avery was pinned by Mason Brown, 3:48. 182 – Gavin Holub pinned Jacob Bachelder, 3:11. 195 – Monticello lost by forfeit.


     132 – Bo Kramer pinned Austin Kirby, 1:01.

     145 – Skyler Sharp was pinned by Dominic Haas, 3:43.


Maq. Valley 45,

Monticello 36

     220 – Lake Stahlberg pinned Dylan Happel, 1:21. 285 – Tyler Kuper lost to Michael Feldmann, 2-1. 106 – Alaina Sunlin pinned Dylan Lane, 0:56. 113 – Dylan Bowser won by forfeit. 120 – Kain Luensman pinned Chance Kemp, 1:17. 126 – Ethan Tallman pinned Canyon Richardson, 1:22. 132 – Bo Kramer was pinned by Aden Atwell, 1:03. 138 – Chase Luensman pinned Deecel Staner, 0:40. 145 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 152 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 160 – Thomas Broderick was pinned by Mitch Smith, 3:03. 170 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 182 – Gavin Holub was pinned by Evan Elgin, 5:35. 195 – Monticello lost by forfeit.


Jan. 13

Loyd Shaffer Inv.

(at Marion)


     1, Williamsburg 244.5; 2, Overland Park-Blue Valley Northwest, Kan. 175; 3, Atlantic 166.5; 4, Mount Vernon 143; 5, Grinnell 141; 6, Wilton 136.5; 7, Marion 126; 8, Louisa-Muscatine 89.5; 9, Monticello 83.5; 10, Cedar Rapids Xavier 83; 11, Maquoketa 78; 12, North Linn 76; 13, Benton Community 68; 14, Keokuk 62.5.


     106 – Alaina Sunlin (eighth place) received a bye; lost by tech. fall to Kael Brisker, WTN, 4:18, 20-5; lost to Jaruthat Dervo, MV, 7-0; pinned Austin Cook, LM, 1:28; lost by major dec. to Niyo Gady, MAR, 15-2.

     113 – Kain Luensman (champion) received a bye; pinned Sam Van Dee, WBG, 3:08; pinned Gavin Hiler, MAR, 1:20; dec. Brock Beck, G, 4-0.

     120 – Andrew Wall lost by major dec. to Ismail Havyarimana, MAR, 11-3; received two byes; was pinned by Justin Holst, MAQ, 3:32.

     126 – Bo Kramer was pinned by Luke Gawlick, OPB, 1:25; received a bye; was pinned by Jack Eichhorn, MAR, 4:21.

     132 – Chase Luensman (runner-up) pinned Garret Akers, MV, 5:15; won by tech. fall over Auston Roos, Benton Community, 6:00, 16-1; dec. Garret Jensen, WBG, 9-2; lost to Chase McClaren, ATL, 5-2.

     152 – Thomas Broderick received a bye; lost by injury default to Abraham Michael, MAQ; Andrew Louwagie, MV; and Ben Gibson, MAR.

     182 – Gavin Holub (fifth) received a bye; was pinned by Brady Bartz, MAR, 4:27; pinned John Rife, WTN, 1:13; was pinned by Isaac Maser, WBG, 3:05; pinned Max Wagoner, OPB, 5:22.

     220 – Lake Stahlberg (runner-up) received a bye; dec. Kyle Krezek, CRX, 3-2; dec. Kamrin Steveson, G, 3-2; was pinned by Josh Cruz, OPB, 3:47.

     285 – Tyler Kuper received a bye; was pinned by Taven Rich, MAQ, 1:04; was pinned by Carson Webster, MAR, 1:37; lost by injury default to Preston Shultz, MV.


Jan. 12

W. Dubuque JV Inv.


     1, Western Dubuque 197; 2, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 179; 3, Dubuque Hempstead 167; 4, Mount Vernon 152; 5, Dubuque Senior 124; 6, DeWitt Central 83.5; 7, Pleasant Valley 81; 8, Monticello 60.5; 9, Davenport West 47; 10, Maquoketa 41.


     106 – Hope Hunter was pinned by Arnie Galvan, MV, 0:08; was pinned by Ben Soppe, WD, 0:12.

     106 – Dylan Bowser (sixth place) dec. Cael Long, CRK, 5-2; was pinned by Adler Kramer, DH, 2:30; lost by medical forfeit to Ben Soppe, WD; and Keaton Simmons, DC.

     120 – Andrew Wall (third) pinned Payton King, WD, 0:31; pinned Austin Ihrig, MAQ, 0:55; lost to Brenden Groth, CRK, 10-3; dec. Spencer Ehlinger, DH, 5-0; dec. Jacob Coon, MV, 3-1.

     126 – Bo Kramer (fifth) lost to Noah Downing, DW, 9-6; dec. Luke Wade, MV, 2-0; was pinned by Jackson Vanderheyden, DH, 2:28; pinned Tyler Stine, MV, 1:11.

     145 – Skyler Sharp was pinned by Levi Ryan, 0:22; lost by major dec. to T.J. Brown, PV, 11-3.

     152 – Thomas Broderick (champion) pinned Brady Benhart, DW, 5:10; pinned Jaycob Thompson, MAQ, 0:50; won by tech. fall over Kyle Schirmer, WD, 3:29, 15-0; won by major dec. over Max Feldman, WD, 11-1.

     220 – Adam Terry (fifth) received a bye; was pinned by William Lapke, MAQ, 2:55; was pinned by Levi Noonan, DH, 0:42; received a bye.



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