PHOTO: Jordan Barker wrestles his way to a conference championship for Monticello at the River Valley Conference Meet Jan. 31 in Wilton. Barker won the 145-pound title. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Stonebraker, Tipton Conservative)
By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
Jordan Barker’s dominating performance highlighted Monticello’s effort at the first-ever River Valley Conference Wrestling Tournament, held Saturday, Feb. 1 in Wilton.
Barker opened with a technical fall victory, then pinned his next two opponents to secure the title at 145 pounds. The wins upped his season record to 27-7 with 20 pins.
“Anything that Jordan Barker accomplishes is not going to be a surprise to our staff,” Monticello coach Ryan Luensman said. “He is highly talented and able to do great things. He wrestled a great conference tournament and deserved the title. We are very proud of him.”
As a team, Monticello took seventh place out of 13 teams despite having just six wrestlers in the lineup.
Daniel Pike (29-3, 17 pins) made the finals at 185 pounds before losing a 6-2 decision, ending up second. Taking third place were Anthony Kinley at 113 pounds and Dalton Husmann at 120, each with a semifinal loss followed by wins in third place matches. Zach Timm was fourth at 220 pounds.
“Overall we had a good day,” Monticello coach Ryan Luensman said. “We wrestled at or above our seeds at every weight but one. The group we have is working hard and listening to the things that are being taught.
“Every single person we took had good moments throughout the day,” the coach said. “Luke Knipper fell one match from placing, going 2-2. Zach Timm continues to close gaps on opponents, and Anthony Kinley is gaining steam in many areas.”
Next up for the Panthers is the Class 2A sectional meet, to be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at West Delaware High School in Manchester. The meet starts at noon.
Top-two finishers in each weight class Saturday will advance to the district meet Feb. 15 in DeWitt, also at noon.
“We are fighting some injuries and hope to have people 100 percent ready to go on Saturday,” Luensman said. “This is the time of year where you have to face those challenges head-on.”
In dual meets, Monticello finished the regular season with a 9-13 record.
1, Wilton 205; 2, West Branch 128; 3, Tipton 1216; 4, West Liberty 122; 5, Iowa City Regina 109.5; 6, Mid-Prairie 103; 7, Monticello 78; 8, Durant 72; 9, Camanche 65.5; 10 (tie) North Cedar 55 and Cascade 55; 12, Northeast 53; 13, Bellevue 16.
113 - Anthony Kinley (third place) lost to Jeremy Sorem, CAM, 7-1; dec. Noah Barten, WL, 7-0.
120 – Dalton Husmann (third) pinned Sam Northrup, T, 3:00; was pinned by Brice verson, CAM, 3:32; won by tech. fall over Owen Anderson, WIL, 17-0; dec. Trever Greene, NC, 4-2.
145 - Jordan Barker (champion) won by tech. fall over Spencer Gritton, T, 16-0; pinned Casey Beaver, ICR, 5:11; pinned Will Martin, CAS, 1:55.
182 - Luke Knipper pinned Logan Smith, CAS, 2:54; was pinned by Phirom Peterschmidt, MP, 0:36; pinned Ty Oster, B, 1:35; was pinned by Alik Lorenz, D, 4:13.
220 – Zach Timm (fourth) dec. Alex Olsen, D, 7-4; lost to Logan Reddick, WIL, 4-0; pinned Mason Tvrs, WL, 3:56; was pinned by Levi Duwa, MP, 5:30.
285 – Daniel Pike (runner-up) received a bye; dec. Garrett Moeller, NE, 10-4; lost to Dylan VanDusen, WL, 6-2.