DES MOINES — If you come to wrestle in the state tournament, you better expect to grind for everything you get. That’s exactly what Algona junior Carson Devine did Thursday in the Class 2A opening round.
Devine made the most of his first state appearance, as he hung on for a 3-1 win by decision over Knoxville’s Coby Meyer at 170 pounds. And when it comes back to it, the grind is exactly why Devine put himself in this position.
“At the beginning of the year I never thought … I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it this far, but I just put in the effort in practices,” he said. “The coaches said I could with the work I put in, and I said, ‘All right, I’m going to do this.’ It’s just too good to be true.”
In the tight match, every moment was going to matter, so Devine made sure he was the aggressor early on. He recorded a takedown at the 1:36 mark in the first, and then got on his defense. Devine scored an escape in the second, gave up an escape in the third, and then held off multiple shots by Meyer in the match’s final 30 seconds to secure the win.
As the lone representative from Algona, Devine did his part to make the drive to Des Moines worth it.
“I know Algona had school today – we didn’t cancel school or anything for wrestling – but a lot of my friends are here. They skipped school just to come down and that means a lot,” Devine said.
He’ll get fifth-ranked Tristan Hansmeier of Waukon in Friday’s quarterfinals.
With a win in tote, Devine has no changes to the plan of the formula that got him here.
“My best, that’s all I can do. I can’t do anything better than that,” he said. “I’m going to work my hardest and move my fastest, and what happens after that happens.”