The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 17, 2014

River Kings go deep

Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald

---- — LENA, Ill. — Star power has been the strength of the Clinton High wrestling team much of the season. On Thursday night, though, the team’s depth was the key to victory when some of its biggest names went down to defeat.

The River Kings overcame losses to a pair of returning state placewinners and their standout freshman heavyweight to beat Lena-Winslow, the No. 14-ranked Class 1A school in Illinois, 36-23.

“I thought our kids pulled together as a team and gutted this one out,” Clinton coach J.D. Lueders said. “After starting our season 1-5, to now be at 7-7 is a tribute to our entire team for not quitting when things were not going our way.

“Le-Win is a good program coached by former River King Kevin Milder. I knew we were going to have a fight on our hands, and our kids responded well.”

The Panthers’ lineup includes 2013 Illinois Class 1A state champions Quincy Kalkbrenner and Ty Harmston, and both of them beat two of Clinton’s better wrestlers. Lena-Winslow also got a key win from Gunner Wenger, who placed third in the state at 106 in 2012.

Harmston, the No. 1-ranked 220-pounder who won the 1A championship at 195 last year after taking second at 220 the previous year, pinned Clinton freshman Tyler Clark in 1:20. That win tied the match at 6-6.

Le-Win won the next two matches, but a pin by Damon Dann at 120 pulled Clinton within 13-12, and Hunter Genco added another pin at 126 that put Clinton ahead to stay. Back-to-back wins by Riley Chapman (132 pounds) and Curtis Ilg (145) stretched the Clinton lead to 24-13.

Wenger cut into the lead when he beat Clinton’s Alex Caldwell, a 2012 state placewinner who is ranked fourth in Iowa Class 3A, 8-1 at 145. But Jared Redman got those points, and more, back with a pin at 152.

“We got huge pins from Jared Redman, Damon Dann, Hunter Genco and Dillion Chase,” Lueders said.

The featured bout of the night was next when Kalkbrenner, ranked No. 1 in Illinois Class 1A at 152, and Dustin Caldwell, a 2013 state placewinner who is ranked third in Class 3A at 152, both moved up to 152. Kalkbrenner dominated with an 11-1 victory.

Le-Win and Clinton split the final two matches, with the River Kings’ Chase closing it with a pin at 182.

Fulton drops 2

KEWANEE, Ill. — Morrison and Kewanee defeated Fulton on Thursday in a Three Rivers Conference triangular.

Seven Morrison wrestlers recorded pins in a 58-21 victory, and the Boilermakers had eight in a 54-23 win.

Steven Balk recorded pins at 285 pounds in both meets to lead Fulton. The Steamers also got pins from Cole Grant (132) and Zack Jenkins (195) against Kewanee and a pin from Sam Grant (145) and a major decision from Jake Hoffman against Morrison.

Rebels fall twice

NORTHEAST — Tyler Schoon celebrated Senior Night with a notable victory, but the Northeast Rebels dropped River Valley Conference duals to Iowa City Regina 43-18 and Wilton 51-15. In the other dual, Wilton beat Regina 50-18.

Schoon, a 2012 state qualifier, pinned Daniel Sullivan of Regina in 18 seconds, then beat Logan Mays of Wilton 6-2 in their match at 132 pounds. Like his team, Mays is ranked fourth in Class 1A at his weight.

“Tyler finished his last home dual on a high note by starting with a quick attack and pin in the first match,” Northeast coach Ken Schoon said. “He then had a strong offensive showing against a fine wrestler in the second match. His takedown offense was the best I’ve seen this year, and he continues to improve in maintaining good position on the mat.”

The Rebels also got a pin from Blake Dierks against Regina and from Octavio Cruz against Wilton.

“Octavio was persistent with his efforts to turn his opponent, getting his third pin in the last four matches,” coach Schoon said. “Blake has the ability to ignite the crowd with his ‘feet to back to pin’ offense.”

Schoon, who moved up from assistant to head coach this season, said the senior class would be missed.

“I’m proud of this group of seniors, their leadership and work ethic,” he said. “I wish they all could have won but know they all went out and competed with pride. They have represented Northeast well and are working hard to reach goals they have set for the season.”

Thunder beaten

SAVANNA, Ill. — Durand-Pecatonica beat West Carroll 42-27 and Polo defeated the Thunder 45-34 on Wednesday.

Devin Saunders led the way for West Carroll with a pair of pins at 160 pounds. Jacob Casey (120) and Jeff Casey (126) had a pin apiece.

CLINTON 36, LENA-WINSLOW 23

195 — Justin Guilliams (Cl) dec. Hunter Binns 7-0; 220 — Evan Gerdes (Cl) dec. Anthony Martinez 6-3; 285 — Ty Harmston (LW) pinned Tyler Clark 1:20; 106 — Austin Vincent (LW) dec. Sam Cruthis 5-3; 113 — Peyton Keeper (LW) m. dec. Craig Harlock 10-0; 120 — Damon Dann (Cl) pinned Aaron Dvorak 3:25; 126 — Hunter Genco (Cl) pinned Chase Pokol 1:25; 132 — Riley Chapman (Cl) dec. Mitchell Mikesell 6-0; 138 — Curtis Ilg (Cl) dec. Kyle Kalkbrenner 2-0; 145 — Gunner Wenger (LW) dec. Alex Caldwell 8-1; 152 — Jared Redman (Cl) pinned Davis 1:17; 160 — Quincy Kalkbrenner (LW) m. dec. Dustin Caldwell 11-1; 170 — Sean Cory (LW) dec. Luke Larkin 5-0; 182 — Dillion Chase (Cl) pinned Ryan Lorig 1:11.

MORRISON 58, FULTON 21

106 — Eads (M) pinned Kaecker; 113 — VanderLaan wbf; 120 — Hoffman (F) m. dec. Parks 13-5; 126 — Challand (M) pinned Schmidt; 132 — D. Keller (M) pinned C. Grant; 138 — Ferguson (M) pinned Hodge; 145 — S.Grant (F) pinned Ottens; 152 — A. Keller (M) pinned Martin; 160 — Pidde (F) dec. Zigler 12-8; 170 — Kohl (M) pinned Rockwell; 182 — Shoup (M) pinned Ford; 195 — Jenkins (F) wbf; 220 — Todd (M) wbf; 285 — Balk (F) pinned Lilly.

KEWANEE 54, FULTON 23

106 — Hand (K) pinned Kaecker; 113 — double forfeit; 120 — Hoffman (F) wbf; 126 — Ireland (K) pinned Schmidt; 132 — C. Grant (F) pinned Kohrig; 138 — Jackson (K) pinned Hodge; 145 — Walters (K) pinned Martin; 152 — Delgado (K) pinned S. Grant; 160 — Solano (K) pinned Pidde; 170 — Ossey (K) pinned Rockwell; 182 — Breadlove (K) pinned Ford; 195 — Jenkins (F) pinned Finn; 220 — Gandrilla (K) wbf; 285 — Balk (F) pinned Cazales.

IOWA CITY REGINA 43, NORTHEAST 18

152 — Mason Simpson (R) m. dec. Ryan Livesay 10-0; 160 — Blake Dierks (N) pinned Zach Galindo 3:47; 170 — Justin Hunter (R) wbf; 182 — Aaron Demory (R) pinned Eric Eggers; 195 — Payton Maske (R) wbf; 220 — Jarrod Brinkman (R) pinned Ty’rique Truman 1:40; 285 — Garrett Moeller (N) wbf; 106 — TJ Schott (R) wbf; 113 — double forfeit; 120 — double forfeit; 126 — double forfeit; 132 — Tyler Schoon (N) pinned Daniel Sullivan :18; 138 — Adam Ries (R) dec. Octavio Cruz 5-2; 145 — Casey Beaver (R) wbf.

WILTON 51, NORTHEAST 15

160 — Bryce Overson (W) pinned Dierks 1:58; 170 — Koy Snider (W) wbf; 182 — Gaige Hilty (W) wbf; 195 — Eggers (N) wbf; 220 — Logan Reddick (W) pinned Truman :49; 285 — Jacob Giese (W) dec. Moeller 6-1; 106 — double forfeit; 113 — double forfeit; 120 — Owen Anderson (W) wbf; 126 — Brady Ruden (W) wbf; 132 — Schoon (N) dec. Logan Mays 6-2; 138 — Cruz (N) pinned Brown 3:20; 145 — Zac Ford (W) pinned Livesay; 152 — Kaleb Schmidt (W) wbf.

DURAND/PECATONICA 42, WEST CARROLL 27

106 — Diego Rosas (DP) dec. Andrew VanKampen 5-2; 113 — Easton Demus (DP) pinned Paawan Dandona 3:28; 120 — Jacob Casey (WC) dec. Eli Lennon 7-5; 126 — Jeff Casey (WC) pinned Jeremy Buckner 1:14; 132 — Tom Knight (WC) wbf; 138 — double forfeit; 145 — Jake Keller (DP) wbf; 152 — Gacob Lennox (DP) wbf; 160 — Devin Saunders (WC) pinned Josh Hemmer 2:46; 170 — Calvin Clary (DP) wbf; 182 — Evan Neblock (DP) dec. Jacob Carey 6-4; 195 — Ryan Wilke (DP) wbf; 220 — Ian Alberstat (DP) wbf; 285 — Brandon Anderson (WC) wbf.

POLO 45, WEST CARROLL 34

106 — VanKampen (WC) m. dec. Tim Cholke 12-2; 113 — Dandona (WC) pinned Brennan Bushman :30; 120 — Ja. Casey (WC) pinned Colton Griffin :35; 126 — Je. Casey (WC) wbf; 132 — Paul Smith (P) wbf; 138 — Noah Gipe (P) dec. Knight 9-5; 145 — Matt Binkley (P) wbf; 152 — Jake Hanlon (P) wbf; 160 — Ethan Cain (P) wbf; 170 — Saunders (WC) pinned Ethan Ditzler 1:53; 182 — Jeff Kimpel (P) pinned Carey 3:42; 195 — Jacob Cain (P) wbf; 220 — Juan Dominguez (P) wbf; 285 — Anderson (WC) wbf.