Casey Johnson capped a tremendous wrestling career with a fifth place finish in the Division 3 220-pound weight class at the State Individual Wrestling Tournament this year.
Johnson had a bye in the first round at state after earning a first place finish at Sectionals. Once the second round of the state tournament began, he promptly pinned Glenwood City’s Donovan Fornal in 4:56 in the quarterfinals. That win put him in the semifinals against eventual champion Chase Nottestad of Westby, but Nottestad picked up a 6-3 win to advance to the finals.
Johnson then fell to C.J. Pillath of Coleman in the wrestleback round 10-4, but went up against Fornal again in the fifth-place match and won 11-0.
Johnson used both strength and smarts to compile a dominant 47-5 record this year.
His intelligence reaches far beyond the wrestling mat, as Johnson excels in the classroom.
“Casey maintains a high 3.9 grade point average,” said Coach Brad Johnson. “He fits all the qualities expected of an excellent athlete both on and off the mat.”
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