By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
With a pair of big dual meet wins, and a fourth-place finish in the Tri-Rivers Conference Tournament, the Monticello wrestling team picked up some momentum heading into sectional and district competition.
The Panthers marched into North-Linn High School Jan. 24 and took away a pair of victories, beating North-Linn 51-18 and avenging two earlier losses against East Buchanan in a 44-30 win.
“Thursday was a great day,” Monticello coach Ryan Luensman said. “East Buc had clipped us twice, and it was great to get that win. We competed as a team the whole night.”
Picking up two wins in that double dual were Anthony Kinley, Dalton Husmann, Ben Ahlrichs, Jordan Barker, Lukas Wilson and Jayson Hebdon. Husmann and Ahlrichs each collected two pins.
Then came the conference meet, where the Panthers had three finalists and had six wrestlers finish in the top three. It added up to a fourth place finish overall with 149 points, just one point behind third place East Buchanan.
Alburnett cruised to the team championship with 330 points, and Maquoketa Valley was second with 221.
Reaching the finals for the Panthers were Logan McQuillen at 160 pounds, Kinley at 113 and Barker at 138. Each of them lost to Alburnett opponents in the final round. It was the second year in the conference finals for all three.
“I challenged the team to a top-three finish,” Luensman said. “The boys wrestled hard, and many placed above their seeds.
“Anthony Kinley has really turned it on. Lukas Wilson, Jordan Barker and Peyton Paddock all avenged losses from earlier in the year.”
Taking third place were Husmann at 120, Ahlrichs at 132 and Daniel Pike at 285. Devin Arduser was fourth at 195.
The Panthers will compete in the Class 2A sectional meet Saturday, Feb. 2 at Dyersville Beckman. The top two in each weight class will move on to the Feb. 9 district meet at West Delaware in Manchester.
“We’re going in the right direction, but we will be challenged at sectionals with No. 1 West Delaware there,” Luensman said. “Fighting for six minutes and facing every challenge head-on will be the key.”
North-Linn double dual
(Monticello wrestlers listed first)
106 – Olivia Sunlin won by forfeit. 113 – Anthony Kinley won by tech. fall over Dalton Shada, 17-2. 120 – Dalton Husmann pinned Kyler Henderson, 3:18. 126 – Ben Ahlrichs pinned Joseph Ward, 3:43. 132 - open. 138 - Jordan Barker won by forfeit. 145 - Trent Aitchison was pinned by Dakota Lopata, 0:51. 152 – Lukas Wilson won by major dec. over Jacob Rawson, 12-1. 160 – Jayson Hebdon won by forfeit. 170 - Logan McQuillen was pinned by Brendan Schott, 1:43. 182 - Luke Knipper won by forfeit. 195 – Devin Arduser was pinned by Michael Taylor, 1:01. 220 - open. 285 - Daniel Pike pinned Austin Frasher, 1:59.
East Buchanan 30
106 – Olivia Sunlin lost to Mac Meyer, 9-5. 113 – Anthony Kinley dec. Dusty Decker, 6-4. 120 – Dalton Husmann pinned Kyle Keating, 0:37. 126 – Ben Ahlrichs pinned Shaun Peyton, 4:50. 132 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 138 – Jordan Barker pinned Brixdon Mulford, 2:54. 145 – Trent Aitchison was pinned by Colton Stoddard, 3:03. 152 – Lukas Wilson won by forfeit. 160 – Jayson Hebdon won by forfeit. 170 – Logan McQuillen pinned Griffen Sibaltka, 1:25. 182 – Luke Knipper pinned Nile White, 4:46. 195 – Monticello lost by forfeit. 220 – Devin Arduser was pinned by Cody Platte, 0:35. 285 – Daniel Pike lost to Luke Bird, 10-4.
Tri-Rivers Conf. Meet
1, Alburnett 300; 2, Maquoketa Valley 221; 3, East Buchanan 150; 4, Monticello 149; 5, North-Linn 115; 6, Starmont 114; 7, Cascade 64; 8, Edgewood-Colesburg 44; 9, Central City/Springville 40.
106 – Olivia Sunlin was pinned by Kody Kleve, ST, 0:58; lost to Mac Meyer, EB, 17-10.
113 – Anthony Kinley (runner-up) pinned Koda Kreutner, MV, 1:31; dec. Dusty Decker, EB, 8-5; was pinned by Hunter Washburn, A, 0:56.
120 – Dalton Husmann (third place) pinned Cole Hoffman, C, 1:22; lost by major dec. to Jordan Henderson, A, 9-0; pinned Austin Burco, ST, 0:49; pinned Kyler Henderson, NL, 2:37.
132 – Ben Ahlrichs (third place) received a bye; lost to Seth Schlotterbeck, CCS, 5-2; received a bye; won by major dec. over Brixton Mulford, EB, 8-0.
138 – Jordan Barker (runner-up) received a bye; dec. Jeff Kuhens, ST, 8-2; was pinned by Colton Martin, A, 3:02.
145 – Peyton Paddock (fifth) was pinned by Bryce Paul, A, 1:01; received a bye; was pinned by Isaac Coohey, C, 1:47; dec. Dakota Lopata, NL, 6-1.
152 – Lukas Wilson (fifth) lost by injury default to Evan O’Connell, C, 5:36; received a bye; was pinned by Trevor Koopmann, MV, 4:06; pinned O’Connell, 0:30.
160 – Logan McQuillen (runner-up) received a bye; pinned Tyler Ries, C, 1:54; was pinned by Dylan Windfield, A, 1:50.
170 – Jayson Hebdon was pinned by Zach Hoyle, A, 0:31; was pinned by Matt Cook, ST, 1:11.
182 – Luke Knipper (fifth) was pinned by Austin Hoyle, A, 1:19; received a bye; was pinned by Devon Baumgartner, ST, 1:29; dec. Nile White, EB, 7-4.
195 – Devin Arduser (fourth) pinned Spencer Pech, ST, 1:20; was pinned by Hoffman, EB, 1:27; received a bye; was pinned by Skylar Lewis, MV, 1:17.
285 – Daniel Pike (third) received a bye; was pinned by Tyler Yonkovic, MV, 1;46; pinned D.J. Kohl, A, 0:06; pinned Austin Frasher, NL, 0:41.
PHOTO: A determined Devin Arduser of Monticello tires to close out his match against Starmont’s Spencer Pech during the Tri-Rivers Conference Tournament Jan. 26 in Monticello. (Photo by Pete Temple)