Osseo junior Carson Brolsma capped a brilliant season by taking second place at 145 at last week’s state tournament in St. Paul.
Brolsma, ranked second in the state, was making his fourth straight state appearance. He took fifth last year as an unseeded wrestler and entered this year tournament with his sight set on a state title. He wrestled his way to the state final with an opening round 5-0 decision over Kyle Benjamin of Farmington, followed by a 3-0 decision over Brock Morgan of Apple Valley and a 7-2 semi-final decision over Ben Donelly of Woodbury.
In the final, Brolsma dropped a hard fought 3-2 decision to St. Michael-Albertville senior Mark Voss, the state’s top rated 145 pounder. It was an evenly matched between two elite wrestlers and Voss managed to do something only one other wrestler did this season — scoring a takedown against Brolsma — and rode to a one-point win.
“Carson wrestled well enough to win it all,” Osseo coach Alan Wiley said. “But Voss was able to get the takedown he needed. Carson has only allowed two takedowns all season and both were to state champions. That stat speaks a lot about the kind of focus and dedication it takes to be the best. He defeated two really tough wrestlers on his way to the finals. Those were great wins that he will cherish the rest of his life, but his last match will be the only thing on his mind the next 364 days. Carson wrestled like a champion.”
The determined Brolsma will aim for next year’s tournament with extra motivation.
“Carson told me he changed his background picture on his phone to Voss celebrating his victory as training motivation for next year,” Wiley said.
Brolsma finished his junior year with a 43-2 record and now stands at 157 high school career wins. He passed three-time all stater Mike McConville ’96 (154) to take over sixth place on the all-time Osseo varsity wins list.
OTHER STATE QUALIFIERS
Seniors Ryan Swenson and Badhassa Wako joined Brolsma at the tournament. Swenson dropped a 10-5 decision to Tyson Leon of Shakopee in his 132 pound first round match and Wako fell short in his opening bout at 152 by a 1-0 decision to St. Cloud Tech’s Cole Schreder. Both Swenson and Wako did not qualify for wrestle-backs when their opponents failed to advance in the next round.
“All three guys wrestled their hearts out and we’re proud of the way they represented our program,” said Wiley.