Niko Anderson lifts up Isaac Josephson from Minneota in the quarterfinals at the state meet. The match went into overtime, where Anderson secured the victory.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->PHOTO BY SAM CLEMENS/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Niko Anderson lifts up Isaac Josephson from Minneota in the quarterfinals at the state meet. The match went into overtime, where Anderson secured the victory.



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Niko Anderson, junior wrestler for the Fillmore Central/Lanesboro/Mabel-Canton wrestling team, brought home the second place silver medal from the 2013 Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament. Anderson went 3-1 at the tournament, losing only to the champion, Darrick Vancura, Jackson County Central, at 170 lbs.

"Niko had an excellent performance at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament this past weekend," said coach Jim Love. "He became only the third finalist in FCLMC history! For being his first time in the state tournament, Niko handled the pressure extremely well."

He won his first match 2-1 over John Westman from Badger-Greenbush/Middle River. Anderson scored a reversal in the third period after riding his opponent the entire second period. The only point scored by Westman was a penalty point.

His next opponent was Isaac Josephson from Minneota. This match Josephson escaped early in the second period to take the lead 1-0. In the third Anderson scored a reversal to go ahead 2-1. Josephson was able to get away with 20 seconds left in the match to tie it up. In overtime, Anderson had a "huge blast double leg takedown to win and pushed himself into the semi-finals," said Love.

Then he faced Maverick Whitcomb of Atwater-Cosmos Grove City. This was "as nail biting as his quarter-final match," said Love. Each scored an escape to score a 1-1 tie. In overtime Anderson once again scored with "another awesome takedown" to move into the finals.

He faced Darrick Vancura of Jackson County Central in the championship match. Vancura is a five-time state entrant who was going to wrestle in his third finals match. Not only that, he is a returning state champion.

Anderson wrestled a great match but came up short losing 5-2, finishing the season 37-2.

"He had an outstanding season," said Love. "I asked Niko to make sure he left it all on the mat and I know that he did!!"