Still just 21 and without a full campaign behind him, the callow captain of the Tynecastle club was able to reflect on a dramatic defeat away to Ross County with the countenance of a wearied and grizzled veteran. It would not have been all that jarring had the defender turned up with greying temples.
Instead it was his side who lost their colour prematurely; County scoring twice in the final two minutes to seize hold of all three points. Such disconcerting moments tend to be interpreted by a player of experience, who can discern the reasons for a belated collapse quietly and patiently, while retaining a clear view of the bigger picture. With such figures in short supply in Gorgie, Hearts sent for Wilson.
He seemed as good an anyone else, even though his cumulative experience amounts to 14 league appearances and 10 more in the cups as Rangers won three trophies between 2009 and 2010, as well as two outings in European competition. There was also that brief spell with Liverpool comprised of loan moves to Blackpool, Bristol City and Hearts. That is still more experience than most of his team-mates have.
"I'm not quite sure how we lost that game," said Wilson. "From the position we were in, a draw would have felt like a bad result so you can imagine what the atmosphere was like in the dressing room at full-time. It's a bit raw for everyone just now.
"All we can do is try to learn from it and make sure we don't switch off again. Had we won, we would be talking about what a great a performance it was. As it is, we have lost the game."
Callum Paterson's early goal had soothed any such agitation initially in Dingwall, even if substitute Melvin De Leeuw and then Richard Brittain would end up rubbing Hearts up the wrong way. The latter has seemed to personify the way in which County had been bruised during the early parts of the season - not least as a result of enduring criticism following his decision to renege on a move to St Johnstone - and the County captain was keen to dedicate the win over Hearts to anyone who had spent the last few weeks doubting his side's resolve.
"Many people have written us off already this season as candidates for relegation and we are using that as inspiration," he said. "The season has just started and there's a long way to go before anything is decided."