MIDWEST CITY — Carlos Freeman is seeking to become Midwest City's first state wrestling champion in five years.
The Bomber heavyweight avenged his only loss of the season last weekend at the state dual championships in Claremore when he defeated Carlos Taylor of Broken Arrow in a major decision, 18-4.
Taylor entered the match the No. 1 ranked heavyweight in Class 6A while Freeman was No. 2.
“He was determined and resilient and just basically ran over the kid,” Midwest City coach Cory Wilson said of his heavyweight.
Freeman, a senior, previously had lost to Taylor in the finals of the Geary Tournament. It was a loss that Freeman said was blessing in disguise.
“It shrunk my head back down to where it needed to be,” Freeman said. “I got back to working hard.”
On Friday, Freeman went unbeaten in the 6A wrestling regional at J.E. Sutton Field House to reach Saturday's championship finals.
Many people think the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Freeman already would have a state championship if not for injuries.
As a sophomore, he broke his ankle before the regional wrestling tournament. Last year, in the first round of the state tournament, Freeman tore his meniscus and lost the match to eventual state champ Travis Morgan of Stillwater.
“I don't exactly remember when it happened,” Freeman said. “I just remembered it popped in the middle of the match.”
Still, Freeman came back to win the rest of his matches in the state tournament to finish third. Now, Freeman has one more chance for the state crown he covets.
“This is my last hurrah,” said Freeman, who will play football in the offensive line for Mike Leach and Washington State next season.
“Wrestling is kind of my life outside of football. Wrestling is really good for me because it shows my athletic side, not just my brawler side.