April 15, 2024

Street to wrestle at Morningside

After capping his senior year of wrestling by competing at both the State Duals and the State Tournament, Street is ready to continue his career at Morningside University in Sioux City after signing with them May 17.

In his first few years at Creston High School, he thought about wrestling in college. “I wasn’t the best on the team, not even close,” Street said. “But the way I saw myself improve and reach my goals, I thought this is something I want to do for the next few years. Junior year I decided I’m going to do it.”

He didn’t have a specific university in mind, but after his campus tours, it was clear. “Something about Morningside that stuck out to me was I felt like the coaches wanted me and wanted me to be a part of the program,” Street explained. “They want to help me reach my goals and talked to me about being a national champion.”

This past season, Morningside had a program-high 11 Mustangs qualify for NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championship, either through conference allocations or at-large. One wrestler became Morningside’s 35th All-American with his eighth-place finish. The Mustangs finished 23rd out of 58 teams participating in the national championship.

Street finished his high school career with 102 wins and as a 2023 state qualifier at 170-pounds.

In his time as a Creston Panther, Street said the most valuable lesson he learned was work ethic. “Everyone whose wrestled here is all about hustle,” Street said. “I want to show what that’s about — having a championship mindset.”

At Morningside, he will wrestle up a weight class, so Street said the preparations will first consist of getting in the weight room. “I’ve got to make a new name for myself, going up a weight class,” he said. It’s going to be a lot of time in the weight room. When we start practicing in August, that’s when I’ll start focusing on changing to a college tempo for match speed and stuff.”

As a freshman, Street said he hopes to maintain confidence and focus on improvement no matter how the year progresses. By senior year, he hopes to be looking at a national title.

“He is an encyclopedia for wrestling knowledge,” Creston wrestling coach Cody Downing said at their banquet. “His memory for wrestling just speaks to his love of the sport. He’s going to get a chance to do that in college next year.”

Street said much of his success comes from his dedication to studying the sport. “I truly do believe you can’t be good at something without being in love with it,” Street said. “I taught myself how to be obsessed with the sport, and that helped me a ton.”

Cheyenne Roche

CHEYENNE ROCHE

Originally from Wisconsin, Cheyenne has a journalism and political science degree from UW-Eau Claire and a passion for reading and learning. She lives in Creston with her husband and their two little dogs.