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December 7, 2017 Highland opens season at Muscatine
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Highland wrestling traveled to Muscatine on Thursday to take on Muscatine and Central DeWitt for their opening duals of the season.

Against Muscatine, their first dual of the night, the Huskies had a chance late in the dual to win, but a few unlucky rolls shoved key matches in Muscatine’s direction.

The dual started at 145 pounds and returning state qualifier Cory Stewart earned a 12-2 major decision over Cedric Castillo. From there Brady Hahn pinned his opponent at 152 and gave Highland a 10-0 lead.

Muscatine took the next three weights with Dan Burton being pinned and forfeits from Highland at 170 and 182 to make the score 18-10 Muscatine. Then Highland sophomore Cael Yeggy stepped in at 195 for one of the most exciting matches of the dual.

Yeggy had a takedown in the first period to lead 2-0 over Anthony Mathias. Mathias chose neutral and got a takedown on Yeggy, who then scored a reversal to go up 4-2 heading into the final period.

Yeggy chose bottom for the start of the third and then his reversal turned into a pin in his first varsity wrestling match. Yeggy said after that he was nervous going in, and the pin even surprised himself.

“He’s in it and as a coaching staff we’ve looked at that kid and he’s one of the biggest surprises in the room right now. We’re really happy with what he’s doing right now,” Highland coach Derick Ball said.

That put the score at 18-16, then a Muscatine pin at 220 and Highland forfeits at 285 and 106 grew the Muscatine lead to 36-16. Both schools did not field a 113-pound wrestler.

At 120 pounds Highland’s Alex Floryanovich won by forfeit and at 126 pounds Caedon Harbison pinned Brady Holmes in 1:23. This brought the score to 28-36 and kept Highland in the hunt.

“We are working hard and on the attack,” Ball said. “Caedon Harbison, a freshman, hits a move that I didn’t know he knew and gets a big pin that gave us an opportunity.”

Highland’s Cullen Klebe was then in a tight match and had a 5-2 lead before getting caught in a spladle and pinned in 2:49. At 138 pounds Geoff Streb was pinned in 1:59 and Muscatine won the dual with a final score of 48-28.

“They battled hard the whole night, technique issues but that’s what happens when you’re bringing 70 percent of your guys that have never wrestled before,” Ball said.

Despite the loss, Hahn said the guys mostly stuck with the game plan and it felt great to be in a dual near the end.

“It was pretty cool, coach had a good game plan for us and we knew what we needed to do. It’s a lot different having these guys,” Hahn said.

Highland has gone from 10 open weights last year to four this year.

Their other dual of the night came against Central DeWitt, with Highland falling 54-24. Hahn (10-2 major decision), Burton (pin), Yeggy (forfeit), Klebe (7-4 decision) and Stewart (pin) were scorers for Highland.

They have a quick turnaround with the Willard Howell Invitational in Wapello on Saturday.

Highland places ninth at Wapello tournament

Highland participated in the Willard Howell Invitational in Wapello on Saturday and had two wrestlers place second and one third.

Cory Stewart placed second after a medical forfeit in the finals, and Dan Burton placed second in the finals after being pinned by Camanche’s Baylor Crigger.

Brady Hahn placed third with a pin over Mount Pleasant’s Jaden Davis in 3:15.

Alex Floryanovich placed sixth and Caedon Harbison placed fifth.

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