Tough draws hamper Osseo wrestlers’ state chances

By Bob San

Sun Press Newspapers

Osseo senior Nick Carline is bloodied but happy after winning this wrestleback match against Gavin Bradley of Woodbury. Carline went on to take sixth place at 152. (Photos by Rich Moll--richmollphotography.com)
Osseo senior Nick Carline is bloodied but happy after winning this wrestleback match against Gavin Bradley of Woodbury. Carline went on to take sixth place at 152. (Photos by Rich Moll–richmollphotography.com)

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.