FRIDAY UPDATE: Luft wins 3rd State title

Three-time State champion.

Charles City senior Lily Luft (40-0) won the 130-pound title Friday night with a 9-0 major decision over Chloe Sanders (47-5), a ninth-grader from Vinton-Shellsburg who was seeded No. 2. Luft was the top seed.

Luft was dominant throughout the two-day IGHSAU Championships in Coralville. She had two first period pins and three major decisions.

Including Luft, five Comets qualified for State, but four were finished on Thursday. Ava Thompson and Leah Stewart started strong by securing first match pins. However, by the end of the day they and teammates Elizabeth Oleson and Morgan Maloy, were eliminated.

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On Thursday, Luft, who was seeded 1st in the 130 pound weight class, began by pinning Glenwood ninth-grader Lauralyse Flint-Spencer, seeded 32nd. Luft took her down 5 seconds into the match and secured the pin at 24 seconds.

Luft then won by fall at 1:00 over Perry senior Charity Mickles (25-5), who was seeded 17th. Luft scored a takedown 47 seconds into the match.

Luft capped the day with a 9-0 major decision over 9th seeded Claire Brown, (23-4), a senior from Iowa City, in the quarterfinals.

Luft began Friday by grabbing her spot in the title match. In the semifinals, she defeated 5th seeded Colbie Tenborg by a 9-1 major decision. The ninth-grader from Saydel entered the match with a 24-0 season record.


Stewart (29-9), seeded 13 at 190, won by fall at 4:25 over 20th seeded Delilah Subsin (18-9), a ninth-grader at Ottumwa. Then, she lost a 4-2 decision in overtime to Independence senior Rachel Eddy (29-2), who was seeded 4th.

Stewart lost her first match in the Consolation bracket to Decorah sophomore Kamryn Steines (24-6), who was seeded 14th. Steines got the pin at 4:58 to end Stewart’s tournament.


No. 7 seeded Thompson (21-3) won by fall at 3:54 over Pocahontas Area ninth-grader Jacqueline Ordonez (6-9) in the 235 weight class. Ordonez was seeded 26th.

After a scoreless first period, Thompson collected 5 in the second. She began with an escape and earned a takedown. Ordonez was penalized twice for stalling.

Thompson dropped into the Consolation bracket with a loss to Sioux Central senior Hannah Illg-Keith (20-9), who was seeded 10th. Illg-Keith won by fall at 4:00.

Thompson’s tournament ended against 24th seeded Makenna Fetters (25-10), a junior from Martensdale-St Mary’s. Fetters got the pin at 3:29.


Charles City senior Elizabeth Oleson (24-9) lost by fall this morning to Glenwood ninth-grader Maya Rivas (16-11) in the opening round of the 135-pound weight class at the State Girls Wrestling Championships in Coralville.

Oleson was seeded 5th and Rivas was 28th.

In her first match in the Consolation bracket, Oleson won by a 9-3 decision over Wilton senior Kiley Langley (26-7) Langley was seeded 12th.

Oleson won by 5-1 decision over Missouri Valley senior Brooklyn Lange (19-7), who was seeded 22nd, but then lost to Bella Mulder (28-10), a junior at Dallas Center-Grimes. Mulder won by fall at 4:10.


Charles City senior Morgan Maloy (19-16) lost by fall at 1:52 of her first-round 145-pound match to Eagle Grove ninth-grader Lily Lock (31-7).

Maloy was seeded 21st. Locke was 12th.

In her first match of the Consolation bracket, Maloy won by fall at 5:14 over Ankeny junior Mallorie McGuire (22-14), who was seeded 28th. Maloy was leading 15-2 when she secured the pin.

Maloy’s run ended with a loss to West Liberty junior Garcia-Vasquez (36-5), who was seeded 8th. Garcia-Vasquez secured the pin at 4:22.