By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
There is no mistaking what lies ahead for the Monticello High School wrestling team. With the Panthers scheduled to host the Tri-Rivers Conference Tournament Saturday, Jan. 26; and with sectional (Feb. 2 at Dyersville) and district (Feb. 9 at West Delaware), it’s definitely “go” time.
“This is the time of year that we need to step it up and peak at the right time,” Monticello coach Ryan Luensman said. “I look forward to seeing how our team will respond. Attitudes are changing, and are moving in the right direction.”
To help prepare, the Panthers competed in two meets last week. They traveled to East Buchanan for a quadrangular event, and nearly swept all three opponents, but instead went 2-1.
“We should have been 3-0,” Luensman said. “We were winning in matches and got caught in some bad situations. I was pleased with the overall fight of our team. We have been focusing on learning to compete at our highest level at all times.”
The Panthers lost to East Buchanan 40-36, but defeated Midland 42-36 and Edgewood-Colesburg 66-12.
“Dalton Husmann and Anthony Kinley had a great night,” the coach said. “Sam Boyd and Luke Knipper continue to improve every time they hit the mat.”
At East Buchanan, Dalton Husmann and Ben Ahlrichs each went 3-0 with one pin, and Jordan Barker went 2-0 with one pin. Anthony Kinley and Sam Boyd both went 2-1 with two pins. Luke Knipper won by pin in the East Buchanan match.
On Saturday, the Panthers were in the tough John Byers Invitational at Midland, and placed fifth as a team. Daniel Pike won the championship at 285 pounds, Logan McQuillen was second at 160, and Ben Ahlrichs, Anthony Kinley and Dalton Husmann all took third place in their classes.
“Daniel Pike had a great tournament of wrestling smart, and controlled his way to a heavyweight championship,” Luensman said. “Ben Ahlrichs, Anthony Kinley and Dalton Husmann did a nice job of fighting back for third place after semifinal losses. Peyton Paddock had a great fifth place match.
“Saturday’s focus was on individuals and getting the toughest matches possible,” Luensman added. “Midland is a good tournament, and we had our ups and downs throughout the day.”
The Panthers are scheduled to compete in a double dual at North-Linn Thursday, Jan. 24, and will host the conference meet Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.
Results of the Jan. 12 Marion Invitational and the Jan. 7 Midland junior varsity tournament were unavailable at press time last week, but have since been made available and are listed below.
1, Williamsburg 200; 2, Wilton 195.5; 3, Cedar Rapids Xavier 191.5; 4, Grinnell 176; 5, Keokuk 155.5; 6, Louisa-Muscatine 108.5; 7, Marion 103; 8, Monticello 87.5.
113 – Anthony Kinley was pinned by Jake Staroska, G, 0:42; was pinned by Cam Chicchelly, CRX, 2:48; pinned Jared Almandinger, MAR, 0:51.
120 – Dalton Husmann (third place) was pinned by Clint Lembeck, CRX, 3:31; won by tech fall over Dustin Moran, W, 17-2; pinned Aaron Allen, L-M, 2:32.
126 – Wyatt Heims was pinned by Joe Mulangaliro, CRX, 0:54; was pinned by Ryan Murphy, W, 1:22; was pinnd by Zack Matthess, MAR, 1:14.
132 – Ben Ahlrichs (sixth) lost to Shea Hawkins, K, 12-11; won by major dec. over Tevin Mull, MAR, 9-0; was pinned by Josh Crawford, G, 1:13; was pinned by Shea Hawkins, K, 3:54.
145 - Peyton Paddock (sixth) was pinned by Levi Lochner, MAR, 0:53; pinned Damian Cunninham, L-M, 2:37; was pinned by Brody Beck, G, 0:45; was pinned by Nathan Elkin, K, 2:50.
152 – Trent Aitchison as pinned by Kory Donithan, CRX, 0:38; was pinned by Jacob Briscoe, K, 5:38.
160 – Logan McQuillen (champion) pinned Lee Alberts, K, 1:12; pinned Cody Marine, W, 2:54.
170 - Jayson Hebdon was pinned by Dalton Wheeler, L-M, 1:05; was pinned by Mitchell Spenler, W, 1:08; won by injury default over Dakota Shaw, K.
182 – Luke Knipper was pinned by Sam Blake, CRX, 1:23; was pinned by Colin Bryant, W, 2:19.
285 – Daniel Pike (runner-up) pinned Jacob Dye, W, 1:36; dec. Kyle VanMeter, MAR, 7-4; was pinned by Alex Gross, K, 3:13.
E. Buchanan quadrangular
East Buchanan 40,
(Monticello wrestlers listed first)
106 - Olivia Sunlin was pinned by Mac Meyer, first period. 113 - Anthony Kinley was pinned by Dusty Decker, 3:46. 120 – Dalton Husmann pinned Kyle Keating, 3:31. 126 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 132 – Ben Ahlrichs dec. Mitchell Franck, 8-6 (overtime). 138 – Sam Boyd pinned Trenton Neuhaus, 3:43. 145 – Peyton Paddock was pinned by Colton Stoddard, 1:11. 152 - Jordan Barker dec. Brad Kerkove, 12-5. 160 – Logan McQuillen pinned Chance Cook, 2:02. 170 - Jayson Hebdon lost by major dec. to Griffin Cabalka, 19-8. 182 – Luke Knipper pinned Nile White, 3:09. 195 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 220 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 285 – Daniel Pike won by forfeit.
106 - Monticello lost by forfeit. 113 - Anthony Kinley pinned Joe Meisner, 0:46. 120 – Dalton Husmann won by forfeit. 126 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 132 – Ben Ahlrichs won by forfeit. 138 – Sam Boyd pinned Kaleb Payne, 0:06. 145 - Peyton Paddock won by forfeit. 152 – Scottlon Eckhardt won by forfeit. 160 – Logan McQuillen won by forfeit. 170 – Jayson Hebdon won by forfeit. 182 – Luke Knipper won by forfeit. 195 – Mason Fitch won by forfeit. 220 – open. 285 - Daniel Pike won by forfeit.
106 - Monticello lost by forfeit. 113 – Anthony Kinley pinned Jaden Dodge, 0:03. 120 – Dalton Husmann dec. Cole Miller, 9-8. 126 – Ben Ahlrichs pinned Ethan Wherry, 0:04. 132 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 138 – Sam Boyd was pinned by T.J. Bowen, 0:02. 145 - Peyton Paddock pinned Trevor Usher, 2:05. 152 – Jordan Barker pinned Eli Slouha, 3:13. 160 – Logan McQuillen won by forfeit. 170 – Jayson Hebdon dec. Levi Dosland, 3-0. 182 – Luke Knipper was pinned by Ryan Leonard, 0:58. 195 - Monticello lost by forfeit. 220 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 285 – Daniel Pike won by forfeit.
John Byers Invitational
1, Iowa City Regina 149; 2, Midland 130.5; 3, Tipton 127.5; 4, Maquoketa 126; 5, Monticello 125; 6, Durant 115; 7, North-Linn 113; 8, Clear Creek-Amana 89.5; 9, Camanche 76; 10, WACO 38; 11, Bellevue 36.
113 – Anthony Kinley (third place) pinned Kole Wagner, B, 0:42; was pinned by Brice Everson, C, 3:01; dec. Shea Caven, MAQ, 5-1; pinned Shea Caven, 0:23; pinned Jaden Dodge, MID, 4:35.
120 – Dalton Husmann (third) received a bye; lost to Cole Miller, MID, 12-8; pinned Zach Koppes, MAQ, 3:47; pinned Kyler Henderson, N-L, 5:45.
126 – Ben Ahlrichs (third) won by major dec. over Tanner Kleppe, D, 12-1; was pinned by Christian Flenker, MAQ, 5:41; pinned Ethan Wherry, MID, 1:23; pinned Joe Ward, NL, 4:37.
138 – Sam Boyd (fifth) was pinned by Jacob Kloft, MAQ, 2:53; received a bye; was pinned by Henry Hansen, D, 1:03; pinned Brandon Brown, C, 2:12.
145 – Peyton Paddock (fifth) was pinned by Paul Shuker, C, 1:58; won by major dec. over Grant Miller, MID, 14-1; lost to Tyler Kasper, CCA, 9-4; won by major dec. over Shuker, 16-4.
152 – Trent Aitchison (sixth) pinned Justin Mangels, D, 3:51; was pinned by Mitch Chapman, T, 4:27; was pinned by Ty Thede, MAQ, 2:16; was pinned by Jacob Rawson, NL, 4:50.
160 – Logan McQuillen (runner-up) pinned Andy Arensdorf, MID, 0:36; pinned Justin Ziemer, MAQ, 3:51; lost to Cole Cook, T, 13-9.
170 – Jayson Hebdon was pinned by Zach Dalindo, ICR, 2:47; lost to Levi Dosland, MID, 10-1.
182 - Luke Knipper (fifth) was pinned by Ryan Leonard, MID, 1:25; was pinned by Taylor Michael, NL, 0:18; was pinned by Andrew Stanbro, T, 0:54; lost to Payton Maske, ICR, 11-2.
195 - Devin Arduser (sixth) pinned Lonny Martin, MID, 2:55; was pinned by Tanner Cook, T, 0:23; was pinned by Beau Gerard, CCA, 1:27; lost by default to Martin.
285 - Daniel Pike (champion) received a bye; pinned Ethan Sharp, C, 1:51; def. Skyler Miller, W.
Olivia Sunlin lost by tech. fall to Jayson Overby, Center Point-Urbana, 17-2; pinned Bryer Pederson, Benton, 1:28;
Wyatt Heims dec. A.J. Lucas, Central City, 8-7; pinned Ryan Kremer, East Buchanan, 1:59;
Paul Arnold pinned Joe Tatman, West Branch, 1:58; lost to Zach Lawrence, Alburnett, 11-7; pinned Donald Becker, 0:13.
Ben Burds lost to Austin Heft, Alburnett, 7-0; lost to Adam Wurzer, 4-2.
Scottlon Eckhardt was pinned by Dylan Wright, Maquoketa Valley, 0:50;
Sam Boyd dec. Tevin Mull, Marion, 8-6; pinned Derek Stender, Washington, 3:00;
Trent Aitchison lost to Parker Oltragge, Vinton-Shellsburg, 1-0;
Mason Fitch was pinned by Jack Holton, Central City, 1:25;
Jayson Hebdon dec. Logan Kutsch, Beckman, 2-0;
Luke Knipper lost to Jamie Linden, Solon, 8-1;
Zach Timm dec. Seth Canfield, Oelwein, 6-0; pinned Tanner Horchak, Dubuque Wahlert, 1:16.
Dalton Husmann pinned Navon Dunlap, Vinton-Shellsburg, 1:13.
PHOTO: Peyton Paddock of Monticello (right) tangles with Grant Miller of Midland at the John Byers Invitational Jan. 19 in Wyoming. (Photo by Pete Temple)