Boys’ Prep Wrestling: WACO’s Louden Huisenga Keeping His Eyes on the Title in Class 1A

Des Moines, IA- Day two of the 2024 Boys’ wrestling state tournament is in the books with the semifinals set in the championship bracket, here’s how our local wrestlers from Class 1A performed.

In the 106-pound weight class, Reed Laudeman of Pekin lost to Kingston Carrigan of Riverside by fall, eliminating him from the tournament.

For WACO, Gage Samo competed in one of the best matches of the entire tournament; unfortunately, he was on the wrong side of a double overtime loss to Cooper Hinz of Jesup by a 3-2 decision. Samo will face off against Jesse Burton in the consolation bracket.

In the 190-pound weight class, Louden Huisenga advanced to the semifinals after defeating Tate Haffner of Southwest Valley by major decision. He will look to keep his undefeated season intact against Nathan Beitz.

In the 126-pound weight class, New London’s Gage Burden went 1-1 on the day with a 8-2 decision win over Brody Kleitsch but a major decision loss to Payton Harger of Earlham, ending his tournament run.

For Wapello, Zach Harbison, in the 138-pound weight class, and Matthew Helscher, in the 150-pound weight class, were both eliminated by fall in their first match of the day.

KILJ will update as the tournament progresses.