By Bob San
Sun Press Newspapers
The bad news for Osseo wrestlers Mitchell Lewison and Nick Carline at the state individual wrestling tournament was that they both drew the No. 1 seed and eventual state champion in their class. But the good news was that because they wrestled the top guns, they both got a chance to wrestle more than one match at the Xcel Energy Center last weekend.
Carline, who salvaged what appeared to be a lost senior season to take second at section and earn a trip to state, made the most of his second and final state experience as he wrestled four matches and finished on the medal podium.
Carline took on Shakopee’s No. 1 ace Alex Crowe in the first round of the 152 division. Crowe, who went on to win the state title with a 45-1 record, defeated Carline by a major decision 16-2.
In the wrestlebacks, Carline defeated Gavin Bradley of Woodbury 7-1 to advance to the consolation semifinals. There, Carline lost by a fall at 2:30 to St. Cloud Tech’s Austin Brenner, who has a 41-4 record.
Carline gave a spirited effort in his final high school match and lost the fifth-place match 4-3 to Forest Lake’s Tanner Wiese (36-9). Carline, who competed at state in his sophomore season but missed the entire junior season because of injuries, ended his career on a high note by climbing the podium to accept his sixth-place state trophy. He wrestled only 12 matches his senior season and finished 8-4.
Lewison faced Anoka’s top-ranked and undefeated ace Tyler Eischens in the opening round of the 138 pound division. Lewison battled hard but lost by a fall at 3:28. Lewison had a very competitive wrestleback match against Collin Olevson of Chaska-Chan Stormhawks. Olevson had an impressive 39-7 record but Lewison gave him all he got and lost a 7-4 decision. Lewison finished his senior season with a 20-10 record.