Midland sophomore Huston reaches state wrestling finals

Wr mid Huston Damon Huston of Midland (top) controls his first round match against Hayden Fischer of AHSTW, Avoca in state tournament action Feb. 20 in Des Moines. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Cayden Miller of Midland (top) has Austin Wilson of Nodaway Valley in trouble during state tournament first round action at Wells Fargo Arena.


     Midland sophomore Damon Huston’s bid for a state wrestling championship came within one victory during the State Class 1A Wrestling Tournament Feb. 20-22 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

     Also competing was sophomore Cayden Miller at 160 pounds, who scored a big pin in his first round match before losing twice.

     Huston won three straight matches before falling to Brandon Paez of Lisbon, 5-0, in the 120-pound championship match.

     “Damon came into the state tournament with only one goal, and he fell just a little short, but had an amazing run,” Midland coach Casey Huston said. “He gained some very valuable experience wrestling on Saturday night in the state finals.”

     Huston opened against Hayden Fischer of AHSTW, Avoca, and scored a 15-1 major decision victory Thursday evening. Huston led 5-0 after the first period and 10-1 after two, remaining in control throughout.

     He then pinned top-ranked Hagen Heistand in 3 minutes, 4 seconds in the quarterfinal round.

     “That was a really big win for Damon to come out and dominate a kid on that level,” the coach said.

     In Friday evening’s semifinals, Huston pulled out a 5-3 decision over Garrett Funk of Don Bosco-Gilbertville, the eventual team state champion, before Saturday’s loss to Paez.

     “He will be back better and stronger next season,” the coach said.

     Miller opened against Austin Wilson of Nodaway Valley, and put Wilson on his back three times before pinning him in 2:56. In the quarterfinals, Miller lost a 9-0 major decision to Benjamin Smith of Iowa Valley.

     He then lost a consolation match 7-0 to John Ebaugh of Denver to finish the tournament with a 1-2 record.

     “Losing to the state champ and state third place winner, both by decision, is nothing to hang your head over,” coach Huston said. “They were both seniors and Miller is only a sophomore. He will be back stronger next year.”

     Huston finished with a record of 49-4; Miller was 33-8.


Boys basketball

     The boys basketball season for Midland High School came to an end in the first round of the Class 1A, District 7 tournament, as the Eagles lost 42-39 to Morningstar Academy Feb. 17 in Wyoming.

     Morningstar gradually built leads of 26-19 at halftime and 36-27 after three quarters before a late Eagles’ rally fell short.

     Three Eagles scored in double figures. Wilson Buckwalter had 13 points along with four assists. Iziek Soper had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Zain Sauer added 10 points and made three steals.

     Midland finished the season with a record of 6-15, including 4-8 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.



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