Three Wrestlers Place at State Tournament


Eli McCabe

Senior Nolan “Deuce” Miller-Johnston at a practice during his junior season at Westside.

Chants of “Let’s Go Bow” rang out from the western side of the CHI Health Center Omaha, wrestling fans came as one to recognize the two new four-time state champions and a contingent of Westside fans cheered as senior Nolan “Deuce” Miller-Johnston broke the school record for wins in a season. It was all a part of the 2019 NSAA State Individual Wrestling championships on Saturday.

After qualifying five wrestlers for the tournament, three were still alive when the consolation medal rounds kicked off early Saturday morning. Senior Michael Colling kicked off the day in the 106 pound weight class, where he fell in the second period to third place medalist Juan Pedro Jr. (Grand Island). Colling went on to drop a 13-5 major decision to Archer Heelan (Kearney). Nonetheless, Colling was on the podium with a sixth place medal late in the afternoon.

Senior Nolan “Deuce” Miller-Johnston fell in the semifinals on Friday night to eventual four-time state champion James Burks (Omaha Burke), but he was still alive on Saturday. Johnston went 2-0 on the day with a pin over Brogan Zegers (Lincoln Southeast) and then defeated Liam Kirk (Elkhorn South) for the second time in the tournament by a close 5-4 decision. He placed third overall.

Sophomore Cade Haberman rounded out the day with an appearance in the finals. He fell for the fifth time this year to Conner Cowling at :31, but still found himself on the podium receiving a silver medal.