The 2008-2009 wrestling season began with high hopes of a conference championship. The team returned 10 wrestlers, including state participant Carlton Littlejohn with a promising crop of freshmen joining the team. However, the hopes died before the first match of the season.
North opened the season with their only home match. Roosevelt faced South in the first bout. North then played South in the second bout. However, earlier that day, the Polars lost three wrestlers. Two were lost because parents pulled them from the team for poor grades. A third was lost due to an injury he suffered before
The second date of the season was the next day. North travelled to Columbia Heights to participate in a quadrangular with Heights, Totino-Grace and DeLaSalle. The Polars lost all three matches, 36-6 to Columbia Heights, 81-0 to Totino Grace, and 63-6 to DeLa Salle. North’s only points were scored by Carlton Littlejohn
For the third straight day, the wrestlers participated in a wrestling meet. There was a question whether the team would even attend the meet. The question was not because of
The next match was a quad against St. Croix
North had two more conference matches against Washburn and Roosevelt. North lost both, 48-6 to Washburn and 36-18 to Roosevelt.
North then participated in a team tournament. The first match was against St. Croix Lutheran. St.
The Polars then traveled to DeLaSalle to take on the Islanders and Brooklyn Center. The Polars lost both, 72-6 to Brooklyn Center and 42-21 to DeLaSalle.
The Polars added two more matches to their schedule when they traveled to Henry. The team wrestled Henry and Lost 45-21. The team gained
The following Saturday the team travelled to Brooklyn Center and wrestled in another tournament. The team finished ninth against a field that consisted of five Class AAA schools.
For the second year in a row, the team found controversy at the St. Croix Lutheran tournament. The team wrestled hard, but the coach and players felt one official would not give the wrestlers a fair shake. This same official had the coaching staff feel the same way the prior year. The team finished in 7th place.
The final conference meet of the season was at Edison
The final tournament of the regular season was at Eastview. Nine of the 12 schools were from Class AAA. The Polars finished eleventh.
The next match has been the Twin City crossover match. This year, it was decided to just have the conference team champions wrestle.
In the region, the team was seeded 11th and would face Rogers in the opening round. Rogers
The team then went to Individual Regions the following weekend. The story of the meet was Carlton Littlejohn. For the second year in a row Littlejohn advanced to the State Tournament. Two teammates, Donte Green and E.J. Easley, came close to joining him at the tournament, but both fell short, finishing 4th and 5th respectively. The remainder of the team did extremely well, despite being young. Only one wrestler failed to advance to the second day of competition.
At the State Tournament, Littlejohn wrestled a superb opening match.
End of the season awards were given to: Most Valuable Wrestler: Carlton Littlejohn; Co-Most Improved Wrestlers: Donte Green, Emmanuel Perry and Dion Robinson. Littlejohn, Green, Perry and Robinson were also named All-Conference.
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