Albia’s freshman sensation Carter Anderson didn’t find himself on the medal stand in his first trip to the state wrestling tournament, but a first round win and two valuable matches after that will certainly set the stage for future medals.
Anderson ended his freshman season with a 31-6 record. He won an exciting 3-2 victory over Alex Beaver (34-13) of West Liberty, scoring a first period takedown and a third period escape. “I was really pleased with Carter’s preparation leading up the state tournament,” said Coach Dave Wenger. “He and Dawson Bonnett spent three solid days working through positions that we felt would give him the best shot to get him through to the medal round. In the first round, our plan worked to perfection. Carter implemented many of the things that we went over and gutted out a really tough match to send him on to Friday’s quarterfinals match against the top seed.”
In the quarterfinals he met top seed and eventual third place winner Keaton Zeimet (37-2) of Central DeWitt and lost by an 11-0 major decision. Zeimel was the number one seed and lost his second match of the season in an upset in the round to get to the state title match. “Carter was able to keep things fairly competitive before giving up some late points trying to close the gap,” said Coach Wenger. “That left him needing to win the next match a couple of hours later to move on to the medal round.”
In the consolation second round, Anderson was in his match with Lincoln Mehlert (Union-LaPorte City) all the way before losing 6-2. Mehlert finished in eighth place with a 33-16 record. “With the weekend on the line, Carter came out firing,” said Coach Wenger. “He secured the first takedown of the match, before Mehlert stormed back late in the match to win 6-2.”
Five of Anderson’s six losses on the year were to state medalists.
“I’m really proud of Carter’s progress this year,” said Coach Wenger. “He did everything within his power to get where he wanted to be at the end of the year. Although we fell a step short, we know exactly what we need to get better.”