Freshman Carter Anderson battled his way into the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday in Knoxville, finishing runner-up at 106.
Anderson crushed Will Emmons (20-19) of Carlisle 11-2 before meeting Riley Anderson of Bondurant-Farrar. Anderson entered the match with a 32-1 record after pinning Caydn Hall of EBF in 2:17. Anderson of Albia battled Anderson of Bondurant-Farrar to a 3-1 decision.
Emmons went on to pin Hall in 36 seconds and did not receive a wrestleback.
“Moving into the day, we pretty much knew what we had in front of us,” said Coach Dave Wenger. “At 106 and 195, it was essential to win those opening matches because we knew that getting a wrestle back to stay alive wasn’t real favorable at those weight classes. Carter was impressive in his first win and then almost had the upset in the championship.”
Anderson will wrestle at Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. in Session 3. His opponent will be Alex Beaver, 33-11, a sophomore from West Liberty.
At 145, Barrett Bonnett’s day sort of reflected the season for Albia. He lost a close decision to Colby Tool (41-1) of PCM 6-0 and scored a 12-3 major decision over Darak Tingle (33-14) of Carlisle to earn a wrestleback against Garrett Jensen of Williamsburg. But Bonnett suffered a severely sprained ankle early in the match.
“Barrett eventually worked his way into a wrestle back following a big win over Carlisle in the third place match which set him up for a rematch of the sectional final from the previous week, which he had lost 4-2 in sudden victory overtime,” said Coach Dave Wenger. “The match took an unfortunate turn early as Barrett injured his ankle pretty severely which limited his mobility for the remainder of the match, which ultimately ended his season.”
At 195 Jer McAninch lost his first match to Gabe Hemstead (32-8) in a 15-1 major decision, then fell to eventual runner-up Reid Walters of Chariton 7-3. McAninch ends a fine senior season at 23-9.
“As difficult as the last month has been for us, everything can be somewhat smoothed over with an appearance on the medal stand at Wells Fargo Arena,” said Coach Wenger. “We still have an awesome opportunity to do that, so that’s what we will turn our attention to at this point.”