Courier sports staff
It was a night of milestone wins for Shadow and Brett Leshen on Tuesday. The Blue Demon grapplers each scored their 100th career wins on the mat during seventh-ranked (2A) Albia’s split of a home double-dual with Centerville and Grinnell.
Shadow, ranked second at 120 pounds in Class 2A, picked up his 100th career win by pinning Centerville’s Noah Coatney in the Blue Demons 43-27 win over their South Central Conference rival. Brett, third rated at 160, then reached the 100-win plateau with a disqualification victory over Grinnell’s Julie Sanchez in a 170-pound match as part of the Blue Demons’ 50-21 loss to the Tigers.
“It’s a great accomplishment that both of them will take with them and remember for the rest of their lives,” Albia head wrestling coach Dave Wenger said. “To top it off, it was tremendous that we could share it all with our home crowd.”
The milestone wins came on an overall successful night for Albia. Shadow (120) and Bryce Leshen (132) joined Caleb White (138), Hugh Sinclair (145), and Griffin Osing (160) all scored bonus points against the Big Reds.
“As a team, we will just have to do what we can do as the dual season moves along and try to score as many points as possible with the guys that we have in the lineup,” Wenger added. “That’s really all we can do at this point and time.”
Centerville had the toughest night, falling twice with a 72-12 setback to Grinnell following the loss to the Blue Demons. The Big Reds will head to Missouri for the Lee Summitt Christmas Invitational starting on Friday while Albia heads to Moravia for a quadrangular with Chariton and Wayne on Thursday night.
Grinnell 50, Albia 21
126: Dalton Kies (GRIN) won by fall over Michael Terrell (ALBI) 0:23. 132: Bryce Leshen (ALBI) won by major decision 12-1 over Josh Crawford (GRIN). 138: Caleb White (ALBI) won by decision over Garrett Jay (GRIN) 11-4. 145: Kenny Clark (GRIN) won by major decision Hugh Sinclair (ALBI) 12-4. 152: Brody Beck (GRIN) major decision Blake Lawless (ALBI) 16-6. 160: Griffin Osing (ALBI) decision Bryce Lidtka (GRIN) 7-0. 170: Brett Leshen, (ALBI) disqualified Julio Sanchez (GRIN). 182: Jack Leshen (GRIN) won by fall over Christian Summers (ALBI) 1:56. 195: Jacob Cline (GRIN) forfeit. 220: Austin Warrington, (GRIN) forfeit. 285: Ethan Lahn (GRIN) forf. 106: Connor McKay (GRIN) forf. 113: Vlad Dimit (GRIN) forf. 120: Shadow Leshen (ALBI) tech. fall Jake Staroska (GRIN) 2:11 18-3.