Hansen wins conference title; Panther team finishes seventh in RVC

Kale Hansen of Monticello (top) controls Payton Gaul of Edgewood-Colesburg in the home double dual Thursday. Two days later, Hansen won the conference title at 106 pounds. (Photo by Pete Temple)
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     Freshman Kale Hansen won a conference championship, Kain Luensman was also a finalist, and the Monticello High School wrestling team had six place-winners at the River Valley Conference Wrestling Tournament Feb. 1 in Tipton.

     West Liberty was the team champion with 211.5 points, and Camanche was second with 200.5. Monticello totaled 118.5 points to finish seventh as a team, missing sixth place by 8.5 points.

     Hansen, 33-3, defeated all three of his opponents by fall, and none of them made it to a third period.

     “Kale had a great tournament,” Monticello coach Ryan Luensman said. “He battled hard every match and was aggressive. He wanted that title, and he earned it.”

     Luensman (38-2) won by a technical fall and then a fall to reach the finals, where he was edged 8-6 by Eric Kinkaid of Camanche.

     “Kain had a solid meet as well,” the coach said. “He had a great test in the finals and a few things didn’t go his way. He will make adjustments and will improve for bigger matches in the future.”

     The Panthers also had a pair of third place finishers, Owen Ray at 120 pounds and Dylan Roher at 145.

     Taking fourth was Bo Kramer at 152. Ethan Tallman wound up in a tie for fifth place at 126.

     “Overall it was a solid day of wrestling,” coach Luensman said. “We had many guys wrestle above their seeds and avenge some losses from earlier in the season.”

     Two days earlier, the Panthers hosted their final home meet of the season, winning one of three matches in a quadrangular format against non-conference opponents.

     Monticello lost to Edgewood-Colesburg 48-36, defeated Maquoketa Valley 54-24, and lost to North Fayette Valley 45-28.

     “Our final duals were tough,” Luensman said. “We are missing some guys due to sickness and various issues. Kain, Bo and Kale all had a solid night. Owen Thomas and Rylan Cooper both had solid wins as well.”

     Kain Luensman went 2-0, both by fall. Hansen went 3-0 including a forfeit, a pin and a major decision.

     Others with wins on the mat included Kramer by fall, Tallman by decision and Roher by decision.


Jan. 30

(at Monticello)

Ed-Co 48,

Monticello 36

(Monticello wrestlers listed first)

     106 – Kale Hansen pinned Peyton Gaul, 1:20. 113 – Alaina Sunlin was pinned by Dawson Bergan, 4:32. 120 – Owen Ray won by forfeit. 126 – Ethan Tallman was pinned by Alex Jones. 132 – Kain Luensman pinned Elijah Keck, 1:31. 138 – Ty Jesenovec was pinned by Chase Kirby, 1:41. 145 – Dylan Roher was pinned by Jordan Wegmann, 4:33. 152 – Bo Kramer pinned Nathaniel Gaul, 2:41. 160 – Dakota Olson was pinned by Bo Struble, 2:45. 170 – Miles Hatchel was pinned by Max Bahls, 0:59. 182 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 195 – Skylar Sharp won by forfeit. 220 – Ian Taylor was pinned by Wyatt Rowcliffe, 1:28. 285 – Mason Reuter won by forfeit.


     132 – Elias Etzel pinned Lucas Rezende, 0:33. 132 – Rylan Cooper pinned Lucas Rezende (time not available).


Monticello 54,

Maq. Valley 24

     113 – Alaina Sunlin won by forfeit. 120 – Owen Ray won by forfeit. 126 – Ethan Tallman won by forfeit. 132 – Rylan Cooper won by forfeit. 138 – Ty Jesenovec was pinned by Michael Schaul, 3:34. 145 – Dylan Roher won by forfeit. 152 – Bo Kramer won by forfeit. 160 ­– Dakota Olson won by forfeit. 170 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 182 – open. 195 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 220 – Ian Taylor was pinned by Devin Smith, 5:44. 285 – Mason Reuter won by forfeit. 106 – Kale Hansen won by forfeit.


N. Fayette Valley 45,

Monticello 28

     120 – Owen Ray was pinned by Braeden Ellis, 3:55. 126 – Ethan Tallman dec. Jesse Grimes, 9-8. 132 – Kain Luensman pinned Levi Lauer, 4:00. 138 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 145 – Dylan Roher dec. Derek Berger, 4-0. 152 – Bo Kramer won by forfeit. 160 – Dakota Olson was pinned by Alex Streif, 3:49. 170 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 182 – Skyler Sharp was pinned by Chase Cooley, 0:16. 195 – Ian Taylor was pinned by Isaiah Corbin, 1:32. 220 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 285 – Mason Reuter lost to Jackson Blue, 8-2. 106 – Kale Hansen won by major dec. over Nick Koch, 15-4. 113 – Alaina Sunlin won by forfeit.


     285 – Owen Thomas pinned Israel Hernandez, 5:15. 285 – Bryce Cleeton was pinned by Israel Hernandez, 0:17.


Feb. 2

River Valley Conference


(at Tipton)


     1, West Liberty 211.5; 2, Camanche 200.5; 3, Tipton 165; 4, Wilton 158.5; 5, Anamosa 149.5; 6, Mid-Prairie 127; 7, Monticello 118.5; 8, Cascade 92; 9, North Cedar 78; 10, Iowa City Regina 53; 11, Northeast 42; 12, Bellevue 31; 13, Durant 24; 14, West Branch 10.


     106 – Kale Hansen (champion) received a bye; pinned Tyson Gravel, ANA, 2:39; pinned Trever Freiburger, CAS, 2:55; pinned Jaxon Bussa, CAM, 3:27.

     120 – Owen Ray (third place) received a bye; pinned Dustyn Talbot, BEL, 0:37; lost to Ethan Gast, DUR, 7-0; pinned Joe Barten, WL, 5:18; pinned Aaron Casey, ANA, 1:00.

     126 –  Ethan Tallman (tied for fifth) received a bye; was pinned by Sam Gingerich, WL, 1:56; pinned Dante Zuniga, WB, 1:08; pinned Caleb Bowser, ANA, 1:46; was pinned by Austin Lenz, TIP, 2:59; double forfeit with Hunter Long, CAM.

     132 – Kain Luensman (runner-up) received a bye; won by tech. fall over Sean Nugent, ICR, 20-5, 3:22; pinned Drake Collins, WL, 1:17; lost to Eric Kinkaid, CAM, 8-6.

     138 – Ty Jesenovec pinned Jaxson Kaalberg, WB, 3:35; was pinned by Talen Dengler, WL, 0:52; won by medical forfeit over Nathan Moomey, DUR; lost by major dec. to TyQuan Strowder, BEL, 14-0.

     145 – Dylan Roher (third) received a bye; dec. Mason Hartley, MP, 4-3; was pinned by Brody Hawtrey, NC, 1:35; dec. Israel Gomez, WL, 6-1; dec. Kaleb Nerem, TIP, 6-4.

     152 – Bo Kramer (fourth) received a bye; pinned Cody Kremer, CAS, 4:18; lost by tech. fall to Alex Casey, ANA, 18-3, 4:25; won by major dec. over Brandon Vallet, TIP, 12-4; lost to Brian Collins, WL, 13-11.

     160 – Dakota Olson was pinned by Aidan Udell, ICR, 0:50; received a bye; was pinned by Cade Everson, CAM, 1:08.

     195 – Ian Taylor received a bye; was pinned by Rowen Udell, ICR, 0:17; received a bye; was pinned by Johnathan Lilly, WIL, 3:48.

     285 – Mason Reuter received a bye; lost to Gannon Callahan, MP, 11-4; received a bye; lost by medical forfeit to Chase Quarrie, CAM.



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