CRETE, Neb. – Coming off of a conference dual win earlier in the week, Midland University didn’t quite have the showing it had hoped for at the Doane Open on Saturday. The Warriors used the tournament to get a look at some of their reserves as well as get some more matches for their younger wrestlers. Outside of Alton Johnson who reached the championship bout at 285 pounds, Midland struggled going a combined 3-14.
Johnson equaled his teammates win total going 3-1 in his division. He pinned fellow Warrior, Walter Castillo in 0:18 to open his day. He followed that with a pin of Andrew Wilson (Chadron State) in the first period as well at 2:50. In his third bout, a semifinal match with Sam Mathis (Simpson), he earned a first round pin just 2:17 in. Despite the dominant path he took to the championship, Jacob Robles (Barton County) was too much to handle as Johnson fell at 4:38 to finish second at 285.
Daniel Vargas had a pair of wins at 125 pounds before losing two straight on the consolation side of the bracket. Midland’s only other win came from Dylan Buschow at 197 pounds.
Midland’s next event will be the GPAC/Cascade Dual Challenge out in Phoenix, Arizona. The Warriors, along with Concordia, Hastings, and Morningside will be competing against Eastern Oregon, Embry-Riddle, Providence, and Warner Pacific on Sunday, December 16. Midland opens up with Embry-Riddle at 12:00 p.m. (MT) / 1:00 p.m. (CT).