The Midlothian Panthers wrestling team has represented their school and community very well this season. In fact, the team is ready and packed for the trip they have been eagerly waiting for – the University Interscholastic League State Wrestling Championships this weekend at the Berry Center in Northwest Houston which is located in Cypress.

Not only have the boys and girls teams from MHS made a big splash this year, but a brother and sister duo are consistently taking their spots on the winners’ podium at area school events. This past weekend saw Marshall and Maddie Hodges (brother and sister) star in the Class 5A Region II finals last weekend at Independence High School in Frisco.

Maddie, only a freshman, made the prestigious podium for her sixth-place finish in her 145-pound weight division, just missing out on making the state meet. But her high school career in wrestling looks bright, as she has three more years to see just how far she might able to go.

Big brother Marshall Hodges is at the top of his game right now, as he walked away last weekend as a two-time 5A Region II 285-pound champion. He and many of his other Panther teammates will be participating in Cypress this Friday and Saturday when the 5A and 6A schools come to town to compete. Marshall will take to the mat on Friday with a perfect 30-0 record.

Marshall Hodges will be joined at state by three MHS teammates: sophomore Santino Saunders in the boys’ 106-pound bracket; junior Felix Saunders in the 126-pound class; and senior Jackson Carter in the 145-pound division.