Braxtin Wilson (front, center) will attend Manchester University and will be part of the wrestling team. With him are (front, from left) his mother Brenda Stensland, sister Brielle Wilson, (back row, from left) MHS wrestling coach Jerimiah Maggart and athletic director Jeremy Markham. Photo by Eric Christiansen
By Eric Christiansen
NORTH MANCHESTER -- A year ago, wrestling in college wasn't even a thought in Braxtin Wilson's mind. Now it is a reality as he will attend Manchester University to study criminal justice, and coaching, and continue his wrestling career.
The Manchester High School senior played basketball growing up and was a member of the Squire team for three years. He decided to switch to wrestling for his senior season and had no idea what would be in store for him.
Wilson, wrestling in the 120 pound weight class started the season slow and entered sectional with a 9-15 record. By the time his season ended, he was a sectional champion and a semi-state qualifier with a 13-19 record.
"I was surprised at how my season went, but at the end, I can say I was a sectional champion and made it to semi-state," Wilson said.
Wilson didn't plan on wrestling in college, but former Manchester University head coach Matt Burlingame was a volunteer assistant coach for the Squires this past season and saw something.
"Coaching Burlingame thought I could continue wrestling in college," Wilson said. "He told (current MU wrestling coach) Coach Lake about me, and I'm going to wrestle next year. I'm excited to be going to Manchester and to wrestle there."