Wrestling: Thunder’s Robinson ends up 5th at state; Caldon, Anderson ousted
Zimmerman wrestler Mitch Robinson wound up with a fifth-place medal in the state tournament on Saturday after losing in the semifinals to the eventual runner-up.
Meanwhile, Elk River’s Evan Caldon and Rogers’ Philip Anderson lost in wrestle backs, each finishing 2-2 and out of the medals at state.
Robinson, a senior competing at 182 pounds in Class AA, became the fourth Zimmerman wrestler to medal at state, following Zac Nielsen (two-time champion), Jeff Nielsen and Zach Stepan.
After beating Watertown-Mayer’s Austin Torres 9-2 and Mora’s Jordan Rober 13-7 with three near-falls on Friday, Robinson was stopped in the semifinals 9-4 by Benilde-St. Margaret’s junior Christian DuLaney (36-5) Saturday.
DuLaney quickly took a 5-0 lead. He grabbed an ankle to upend Robinson and clutched an arm to press him close to a pin for about 15 seconds. Robinson — on his back for the first time all year — arched with his neck to avoid the pin. He was able to finish the match with no more near falls, but managed points only on escapes.
DuLaney would lose in the finals to Grand Rapids’ unbeaten senior Jamison Evans 3-0. Evans’ 40-0 record included handing Robinson his first loss Jan. 12 at the Zimmerman tournament.
Robinson lost again 5-2 to Byron junior Brian Bertram (39-7), which put him in the fifth-place match to end his career. Robinson won that one 9-6 over Greg Johnson (32-10), a Lewison-Altura-Rushford-Peterson senior.
Robinson was 3-2 at state, 36-5 for the season and 135-41 in his career. He also made state in 10th grade.
Caldon’s career ended with a 5-1 loss to Woodbury sophomore Ben Donnelly (40-8) at 132 pounds in Class AAA. Caldon finished his season 39-9 and his career 122-42. He won two of four at state.
Anderson was ousted 8-0 by Albert Lea senior Lucas Hansen (39-7) at 138 pounds in Class AAA. Anderson finished his junior year 35-7 with 103 career wins.
Four other area wrestlers were ousted on Friday — senior Kyler Swanson and sophomore Jake Owens of Rogers, junior Hunter Smith of Zimmerman, and freshman Luke Nolden of Spectrum.
Following are some photos at state.