Panthers sweep three foes at Wilton, take fourth at Marion

Ty Jesenovec of Monticello (left) battles Brandon Hines of Tipton in a 138-pound match at the Wilton quadrangular meet Jan. 10. (Photos courtesy of Ryan Stonebraker, Tipton Conservative)

Kain Luensman of the Panthers (top) drives his opponent, Tipton’s Austin Lenz, on the way to a pin Jan. 10 at Wilton.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     A sweep of three opponents in a quadrangular meet at Wilton, and a fourth place finish in the Loyd Shaffer Invitational at Marion, made last week a big one for the Monticello High School wrestling team.

     The Panthers (10-4 in dual meets) traveled to Wilton Jan. 10, and overcame three opponents from within the River Valley Conference.

     Monticello defeated Tipton 45-31, Wilton 46-29, and Bellevue 48-30.

     “The night at Wilton was once again a full team effort,” Monticello coach Ryan Luensman said. “In every single dual, someone different stepped up and got a big win.”

     In the Tipton match, the Panthers led 33-31 with two matches to go, and sealed the deal with pins by Lake Stahlberg and Wade Picray. Spencer Avery and Owen Ray also scored big pins.

     “Against Wilton, Jericho Strouf and Spencer Avery again had huge wins for us,” the coach said. “I really feel Jericho Strouf had the biggest win of the night against Wilton. Jericho was in a tight match, and stayed aggressive, getting the win. That match changed the dynamics of the dual and kept the momentum our way.”

     Monticello won the last three matches in the final dual against Bellevue – pins by Picray, Mark Sunlin and Ray – to break a 30-30 tie and win by 18.

     “It is very exciting and fun to watch the team battle every single match,” coach Luensman said.

     Five Panthers went 3-0 for the night. Ray had two pins and a major decision, Bo Kramer had two pins and a decision, Chase Luensman and Stahlberg each had two pins and a forfeit win, and Kain Luensman had a pin and two forfeits.

     Spencer Avery, Sunlin and Picray each went 2-1 with two pins.

     Others winning by pin during the meet included Ethan Tallman and Jericho Strouf.

     Three Panther champions emerged from the Shaffer Invitational, held Saturday, Jan. 12 in Marion. Kain Luensman at 126, Chase Luensman at 145, and Lake Stahlberg at 220 all were champions. Wade Picray had a third place finish, Sunlin and Ray were fifth, Ethan Tallman finished sixth, and Bo Kramer was seventh.

     “Marion is a very tough tournament, and that is why we attend it,” the coach said. “This tournament has a wide range of competition, and I was happy with how the team wrestled. Fourth place at the Marion tournament is a good showing for only taking eight wrestlers.

     “Kain, Chase and Lake looked very good throughout the day. They looked confident and controlled their matches.

     “Kain defeated a wrestler from Louisa-Muscatine who was 25-1 coming into the tournament, and Lake defeated a 10th-ranked wrestler from Atlantic.”


Jan. 10

Wilton quadrangular

Monticello 45,

Tipton 31

(Monticello wrestlers listed first)

     106 – Mark Sunlin pinned Brendan Nantz, 5:13. 113 – Owen Ray pinned Kaleb Mesick, 2:45. 120 – Ethan Tallman lost to John Crowley, 7-1. 126 – Kain Luensman pinned Austin Lenz, 2:19. 132 – Bo Kramer dec. Kaleb Nerem, 4-2. 138 – Ty Jesenovec lost by major dec. to Brandon Hines, 13-3. 145 – Chase Luensman pinned Chance Koch, 3:44. 152 – Tristan Clark was pinned by Skylar Schmidt, 1:12. 160 – Jericho Strouf was pinned by Levi Mohr, 1:04. 170 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 182 – Spencer Avery pinned Jeremy Havill, 3:54. 195 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 220 – Lake Stahlberg pinned Nile Schuett, 0:54. 285 – Wade Picray pinned Jessie Leisure, 2:30.

Exhibition matches

     132 – Gage Sharp was pinned by Hayden Copp, 2:59.

     285 – Adam Terry pinned Riley Kuehl, 5:11.

     285 – Mason Reuter pinned Cody Koch, 3:55.


Monticello 46,

Wilton 29

     113 – Owen Ray won by major dec. over Gage Oien, 11-1. 120 – Ethan Tallman pinned Dalton Snider, 3:37. 126 – Kain Luensman won by forfeit. 132 – Bo Kramer pinned Blake Conklin, 1:27. 138 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 145 – open. 152 – Chase Luensman won by forfeit. 160 – Jericho Strouf pinned Zach Delever, 1:52. 170 – Spencer Avery pinned Chantz Stevens, 2:54. 182 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 195 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 220 – Lake Stahlberg pinned Calib Lilly, 2:42. 285 – Wade Picray lost to Briggs Hartley, 4:43.

Exhibition match

     113 – Dylan Bowser pinned Gaige Hendress, 3:03.


Monticello 48,

Bellevue 30

     120 – Ethan Tallman was pinned by Zach Roeder, 3:26. 126 – Chaz McClendon won by forfeit. 132 – Kain Luensman won by forfeit. 138 – Bo Kramer pinned Jacob Pline, 0:39. 145 – open. 152 – Chase Luensman pinned Jayden Keane, 3:45. 160 – Jericho Strouf was pinned by Jacob Waller, 0:34. 170 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 182 – Spencer Avery was pinned by Luke Giesmann, 1:10. 195 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 220 – Lake Stahlberg won by forfeit. 285 – Wade Picray pinned Kane Krabbenhoft, 1:57. 106 – Mark Sunlin pinned Levi Livermore, 3:34. 113 – Owen Ray pinned Alex Pitts, 3:20.


Jan. 12

Loyd Shaffer Inv.

(at Marion)


     1, Williamsburg 219.5; 2, Atlantic 211.5; 3, Mount Vernon 178; 4, Monticello 148; 5, Grinnell 122; 6, Maquoketa 122; 7, Marion 95; 8, Louisa-Muscatine 94; 9, North Linn 88.5; 10, Overland Park-Blue Valley Northwest (Kan.) 85; 11, Benton Community 80; 12, Wilton 64.5; 13, Cedar Rapids Xavier 60.


     106 – Mark Sunlin (fifth place) received a bye; won by major dec. over Tytan Guerrero, WBG, 12-0; was pinned by Niyo Gady, MAR, 1:57; lost to Arnie Galvan, MV, 9-5; pinned Tytan Guerrero, 1:27.

     113 – Owen Ray (fifth) received a bye; pinned Gage Oien, WTN, 0:42; was pinned by Aybren Moore, A, 5:23; lost by tech. fall to Lincoln Holub, MV, 24-7, 5:29; won by major dec. over T.J. Cook, CRX, 11-1.

     120 – Ethan Tallman (sixth) received a bye; was pinned by Chase Malloy, WBG, 5:53; pinned Dalton Snider, WTN, 1:51; was pinned by Joe Weaver, A, 1:43; was pinned by Chase Malloy, 5:36.

     126 – Kain Luensman (champion) received a bye, pinned Hunter Northup, BC, 0:55; pinned Sam Van Dee, WBG, 3:36; pinned Cody Calvelage, LM, 3:17.

     132 – Bo Kramer (seventh) received a bye, lost to Curtis Schott, NL, 9-1; was pinned by Walker Lawrence, MV, 2:09; received a bye; won by tech. fall over Tyler Hansen, LM, 17-2, 4:00.

     145 – Chase Luensman (champion) received a bye; pinned Brock Weinstein, OPBVN, 3:25; won by tech. fall over Kadin Stutzman, A, 20-5, 5:50; won by major dec. over Garrett Jensen, W, 15-5.

     220 – Lake Stahlberg (champion) received a bye; won by injury default over Isaac Ball; pinned Billy Grout, WBG, 0:46; dec. Cale Roller, A, 5-0.

     285 – Wade Picray (third) received a bye; pinned Logan Hangartner, MAR, 5:37; was pinned by Taven Rich, MAQ, 2:53; pinned Danny Robinson, OPBVN, 4:45; pinned Gabe Hayes, LM, 1:57.



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