TIPTON - As has been the case for numerous years with the Midland wrestling program, it’s quality over quantity, and the Eagles proved that fact yet again Saturday, Dec. 7, competing and succeeding at a loaded Tipton Invitational.
“We had a very successful day finishing in third with only 10 wrestlers,” said Midland wrestling coach Casey Huston, as his team tallied 153.5 points and claimed four individual championships.
“Both teams that beat us (West Liberty and Tipton) had full rosters. We put five of our 10 wrestlers into the finals with four coming away as champs.”
Midland’s Shayden Hansen (120-pounds), Damon Huston (126), Jared Crock (138) and Cayden Miller (170) all stood at the top of the podium at their respective weights.
Hansen was impressive rolling to three pin triumphs on his way to the 120-pound title opening with a 1:01 rout over North Scott’s Adam Link. After a 3:38 fall over Southeast Polk’s Haden Stone in the semi-final, Hansen pinned Iowa City Liberty’s Ian Brownsberger in 4:59 to take the championship competing in his first-ever varsity tournament.
Huston was just as impressive in dominating the 126-pound bracket crushing West Liberty’s Sam Gingerich with a 3:08 fall in the finals.
Huston opened with a 48-second fall over North Scott’s Illias Louck before cruising to a 17-2 technical fall triumph over Northeast’s Jace Rathje.
Crock wrestled just twice on the day at 138, but was dominant in both matches closing his tournament title with a 5:40 pin over North Scott’s Aydan Cary in the finals. Crock opened his day with a 2:39 win against Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s A.J. Buzynski.
Miller had the fastest fall on the day for the Midland team, wasting a mere 13-seconds on Tipton’s Carson Charves in the 170-pound quarterfinal match before pinning Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Josh Norton in a mere 29-seconds.
In the title-tilt Miller worked his way to a 15-8 decision over Northeast’s Ty Schmidt.
Carson Hunter also made it to the finals for the Eagles after wins over Tipton’s Brandon Valet (9-2) and North Scott’s Owen West (1:50) at 152-pounds before being handed a 1:35 pin setback against West Liberty’s Will Esmoil.
Caden Ballou (145) and Lincoln Gravel (160) also scored points for the Eagles at the tournament after each placed fourth while Logan Bicknese (106) was fifth and Lucas Ervin (132) sixth.
Trevor Fitzpatrick also competed at the tournament for the Midland team wrestling at 195-pounds.
West Liberty claimed the Tipton tournament team title scoring 250 points while the host Tigers were second with 199 points.
Midland defeated North Scott (143), Southeast Polk (92), Cedar Rapids Jefferson (76), Northeast (63), North Cedar (54) and Iowa City Liberty (52).
The Eagles opened their 2019-20 campaign at home with a triangular Tuesday, Dec. 3, opening with a 53-23 setback against Central DeWitt.
“We knew ahead of time it would be tough to compete with DeWitt giving up 3-4 forfeits,” Huston said. “All-in-all though, it was a pretty good night for a young team.”
Crock (2:49) and Hunter (1:37) tallied the lone pin wins for the Midland team against the Sabers while Huston rolled to a 17-1 technical fall rout. Fitzpatrick was handed a forfeit win in the opener.
Against Maquoketa in the final dual, the Eagles were handed a 54-24 setback as Crock (1:09) and Hunter (52-seconds) once again impressed with pin wins.
Hansen (11-0), Huston (12-1) and Ballou (15-2) added decision triumphs for the hosts against the Cardinals.
Midland hit the road Thursday, Dec. 5, and took to the mat three times picking up two wins at Northeast.
Against the host Rebels, the Eagles cruised to a 48-24 victory as every Midland win came by fall or forfeit.
Crock (32-seconds), Ballou (3:50), Hunter (1:09) and Gravel (31-seconds) all dominated cruising to impressive pin routs while Fitzpatrick, Bicknese, Hansen and Huston were all handed forfeit wins.
The second dual of the night saw Midland handed their lone loss with a 45-27 setback against Wilton.
Cael Eganhouse got the scoring started for the Eagles posting a pin (46-seconds) at heavyweight while Hunter added another (2:51) later in the match.
Hansen (10-6) added a win at 120 while Huston, ranked fourth in the state, defeated Wilton’s sixth-ranked Kael Brisker 10-9 in the highlight match of the night.
Kaleb Westphal came through with a 15-6 victory at 170-pounds for the Eagles.
The final match of the evening saw only three bouts play out on the mat as the Eagles rebounded for a lopsided 48-22 win over North Cedar.
Bicknese, Huston, Ervin, Hunter, Gravel, Westphal and Fitzpatrick were all handed forfeit wins by the Knights while Hansen cruised to a 1:25 pin win on the mat.