LISBON — Chase McLaughlin has some business to tend to for his senior season.
Lisbon’s returning state runner-up would possess the same attitude, if he had already reached the top of the podium.
“There’s always unfinished business,” McLaughlin said. “There is always another level to get to and I’m definitely working for it this year. I want to get back to state and show people what I’m made of.”
McLaughlin has been all business in the opening week. He recorded two pins, decking Alburnett’s second-ranked Tanner Hoyer in the first period and helping Lisbon to a double-dual sweep of the Pirates and North Linn Thursday night. The Class 1A No. 2 Lions beat top-ranked Alburnett, 48-16, and the No. 8 Lynx, 45-35.
McLaughlin is top-ranked at 132 pounds, but is starting the season at 138. He is confident that he is good enough and strong enough for the heavier weight. He scored the opening takedown and then turned Hoyer for the fall in 1:43.
“That was huge,” McLaughlin said. “That boosted my confidence tenfold.”
Lisbon Coach Brad Smith said McLaughlin is one of the most tenacious competitors on the team, along with fab freshman Cael Happel, who received a forfeit from the Pirates and posted a 25-10 technical fall against North Linn.
“Chase McLaughlin has been lights out,” Smith said. “He’s been pinning everyone.”
McLaughlin dedicated his time in the offseason, wrestling about 40 freestyle matches over the spring and summer. He even competed at Fargo, N.D., at Junior Nationals.
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“He put in a lot of time,” Smith said. “He’s one of our hardest workers.”
McLaughlin learned that lesson before his junior year. He attributed a big jump before last season to his offseason competition.
“It helped so much and I knew I had to do it again,” McLaughlin said. “It’s one of the things that helps me get to where I’m going, right now.”
Lisbon (4-1) was dominant in both duals, winning 18 of 28 total weights. The Lions won 10 against the Pirates, including 138 where Cooper Siebrecht, ranked fourth at 126, used three takedowns for a 7-1 victory over 10th-ranked Mason Wickman.
“These guys are working hard,” Smith said. “They’re only going to get better.”
Jaymus Wilson closed the night on a good note for Alburnett. The top-ranked 106-pounder beat No. 4 Cobe Siebrecht, 5-2.
Alburnett (0-2) fell to North Linn in the opener, 51-29. The Pirates have six open weights and it will be a long-term problem.
“We have a few injuries on our team,” Alburnett Coach Clayton Rush said. “It will hinder us from filling some weights.”
It wasn’t the deciding factor in either dual, according to Rush.
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“They out-wrestled us,” Rush said about both opponents. “They wrestled hard than us in some positions.”
The Lynx (1-1) had five wrestlers go unbeaten. Top-ranked Brock Henderson, Brady Henderson and Ethan Hromidko led the way. Hromidko had two pins at 152. Brock Henderson recorded a pin and technical fall. Brady Henderson had a pin and a 3-0 decision over Alburnett’s No. 8 Ben Moyer.
“Dual meets are all about matchups,” North Linn Coach Brad Bridgewater said. “We thought if we could get the right matchups we could do well.
“The kids wrestled hard (but) there is a lot of work to do.
North Linn 51, Alburnett 29
Hwt. – Kyler Schott (NL) won by forfeit; 106 pounds – Jaymus Wilson (A) pinned Heath Moyer, 1:46; 113 – Dominic Engrav (NL) won by forfeit; 120 – Dalton Bell (NL) won by forfeit; 126 – Brock Henderson (NL) pinned Matt Aller, 3:14; 132 – Brady Henderson (NL) dec. Ben Moyer, 3-0; 138 – Mason Wickman (A) pinned Trevor Cherry, 4:25; 145 – Tanner Hoyer (A) tech. fall Austin West, 15-0; 152 – Ethan Hromidko (NL) pinned Kanan Morris, 1:48; 160 – Tucker Franklin (A) pinned Quinton Rechkemmer, 1:44; 170 – Tanner Sloan (A) won by forfeit; 182 – Blake McGraw (NL) won by forfeit; 195 – Alex Waskow (NL) won by forfeit; 220 – Dylan Bellach (NL) won by forfeit.
Lisbon 45, North Linn 35
106 pounds – Cobe Siebrecht (L) pinned Moyer, 2:37; 113 – Cael Happel (L) tech. fall Dalton Bell, 25-10; 120 – Bro. Henderson (NL) tech. fall Ryan Mohrfeld, 22-7; 126 – Bra. Henderson (NL) pinned Max Abodeely, 1:14; 132 – Cooper Siebrecht (L) pinned Cherry, :55; 138 – Chase McLaughlin (L) pinned West, 1:00; 145 – Jack Butteris (L) won by forfeit; 152 – Hromidko (NL) pinned Thatcher Krob, 2:18; 160 – Kaden Kilburg (L) major dec. Rechkemmer, 13-2; 170 – McGraw (NL) won by forfeit; 182 – Bryce Werderman (L) won by forfeit; 195 – Waskow (NL) won by forfeit; 220 – Logan O’Connor (L) pinned Bellach, 1:15; Hwt. – Schott (NL) won by forfeit.
Lisbon 48, Alburnett 16
113 – Gage McCoy (L) won by forfeit; 120 – Happel (L) won by forfeit; 126 – Moyer (A) major dec. Mohrfeld, 11-3; 132 – Coop. Siebrecht (L) dec. Wickman, 7-1; 138 – McLaughlin (L) pinned Hoyer, 1:43; 145 – Krob (L) won by forfeit; 152 – Butteris (L) dec. Morris, 4-3; 160 – Franklin (A) dec. Kilburg, 8-6; 170 – Sloan (A) won by forfeit; 182 – double forfeit; 195 – Werderman (L) won by forfeit; 220 - O’Connor (L) won by forfeit; Hwt. – Cody Howard (L) won by forfeit; 106 – Wilson (A) dec. Cobe Siebrecht, 5-2.
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