Wrestling: Thunder’s Robinson ends up 5th at state; Caldon, Anderson ousted

Mitch Robinson of Zimmerman (bottom) lost this semifinal match to Christian DuLaney of Benilde-St. Margaret's. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Mitch Robinson of Zimmerman (bottom) lost this semifinal match to Christian DuLaney of Benilde-St. Margaret’s. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

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.

Mitch Robinson confers with coaches Hans Hornng (left) and Pat Burch during a break in the action. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Mitch Robinson confers with coaches Hans Hornng (left) and Pat Burch during a break in the action. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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.

Evan Caldon of Elk River tries to turn Kenny Mark of Moorhead during an 8-1 win Friday.  (Photo by Bill Jones)

Evan Caldon of Elk River tries to turn Kenny Mark of Moorhead during an 8-1 win Friday. (Photo by Bill Jones)

Hunter Smith of Zimmerman gets stood on his head during a loss to Kyle Gilva of Simley on Friday. Gilva won 7-1. (Photo by Bill Jones)

Hunter Smith of Zimmerman gets stood on his head during a loss to Kyle Gilva of Simley on Friday. Gilva won 7-1. (Photo by Bill Jones)

Philip Anderson (op) of Rogers tries to capsize Elijah Muedeking of White Bear Lake, who won 8-0, on Friday. (Photo by Bill Jones)

Philip Anderson (op) of Rogers tries to capsize Elijah Muedeking of White Bear Lake, who won 8-0, on Friday. (Photo by Bill Jones)

Kyler Swanson of Rogers tries to fight off a single-leg  takedown by Grant Nehring of Apollo on Friday. Nehring was able to pin Swanson. (Photo by Bill Jones)

Kyler Swanson of Rogers tries to fight off a single-leg takedown by Grant Nehring of Apollo on Friday. Nehring was able to pin Swanson. (Photo by Bill Jones)

Luke Nolden (left) of Spectrum has his leg tied up by Dylan Connell of Chisago Lakes on Friday. Connell won 6-0. (Photo by Bill Jones)

Luke Nolden (left) of Spectrum has his leg tied up by Dylan Connell of Chisago Lakes on Friday. Connell won 6-0. (Photo by Bill Jones)

Mitch Robinson of Zimmerman works on turning Austin Torres of Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran on Friday. Robinson won 9-2. (Photo by Bill Jones)

Mitch Robinson of Zimmerman works on turning Austin Torres of Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran on Friday. Robinson won 9-2. (Photo by Bill Jones)

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