Niko Anderson is state champion wrestler
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 8:39 AM
It just doesn't get any better than this: Niko Anderson, 182 lb., Class A state champion. Anderson went through the tournament, 4-0, and all of his match wins were decisions, creating heart-popping anxiety throughout the tournament.
The Wolves’ Niko Anderson wrestles Colten Carlson of United South Central in Wells. Anderson downed Carlson 4-3, getting a takedown in the final seconds, to win the state title at 182 lbs. SAM CLEMENS/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Monty Holm, FCLMC 195 pounder, was also at the state tournament, but found himself in a one and done situation. Holm lost his first match to Jake Denn (Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther), 11-4, and needed Denn to win his next match in order to advance to the consolation series. Unfortunately for Holm, Denn lost, and Holm was out of the tournament. Holm finished the 2013-14 wrestling season with 32 wins and one loss.
Anderson won his first match, 13-5, over Will Smith, Pipestone Area, advancing to the quarter-finals where he met Maverick Whitcomb, Atwater-Cosmoss-Grove City. Anderson beat Whitcomb, 3-2, in typical Anderson form...don't get excited, I'll get there! In the semi-finals, Anderson's opponent was Tim Krueger, River Valley (Springfield, Sleepy Eye). Krueger was coming off a 3:28 pin in his quarterfinal match. Anderson gave fans a little relief, winning the match, 7-3, and advancing into the championship match against Colten Carlson (United South Central, Wells).
In the gold medal match, Anderson went up 1-0 with an escape, but gave up a takedown to fall behind 2-1. Another Anderson escape tied the score at 2-2, but an escape by Carlson midway through the third period found Anderson down 3-2. Then, with about 12 seconds to go in the match, Anderson, cool and calm, went for the takedown...and succeeded, giving him the 4-3 lead, and with about two seconds to spare, the state championship. Talk about cutting it close!
Anderson finished the 2013-14 season with a 37-1 record. Records of the wrestlers that he beat on his way to the state championship: Smith (28-14), Whitcomb (46-4), Krueger (37-5) and Carlson (38-4)...a combined 149-27. How sweet it is!
Coach Jim Love said that the awards night for the Fillmore Central/Lanesboro/Mabel-Canton wrestlers is going to be Monday, March 10. Complete season records, and perhaps career records, for all FCLMC wrestlers, will be available after that awards night.