Lewis becomes state’s 29th four-timer

By Jeff Budlong for The Predicament

DES MOINES -- It may not have been a thing of beauty, but it was still historic.

Centerville's Matthew Lewis held off Osage's Nick Fox 3-2 in the Class 2A 145-pound final to become the state's 29th four-time champion.

Lewis also won his semifinal match over Decorah's Jackson Rolfs by the same score, but etched his name in history along with fellow Centerville wrestler T.J. Sebolt.

"It has been a long journey and it is kind of a weight off the shoulders," Lewis said. "A win is a win whether it is 10-0 or you pin them or 3-2. At the end of the day you don't have anything to complain about if you won."

Lewis called the victory his biggest dream coming true, a goal he set as a little kid when he would talk with Sebolt.

Lewis wrestled this season with an injury to his arm, but as he has throughout his career, he found a way.

He celebrated the big win by pointing two fingers to the sky.

Centerville is the third school to have multiple four-time state champions.