When Central City’s Jake Anderson experienced his first loss at the state wrestling tournament three years ago, he promised himself it would never happen again.
On Saturday, Anderson stayed true to his word and completed a perfect senior season by winning his third individual state title at CenturyLink Center.
Anderson rolled past Lucas Wiechman of Wisner-Pilger for a 19-7 major decision in the Class C 152-pound final. He was the first Jake Anderson of the day to win a state title — Omaha Creighton Prep’s Jake Anderson won the Class A 182-pound championship less than an hour later.
Before the public address announcers had a chance to finish reading the bios of each finalist, Central City’s Anderson already had a 4-1 lead. That advantage was 6-1 after the first two minutes before growing to 10-1 in the first 30 seconds of the second period.
Anderson’s title was one of four for the Bison en route to winning the Class C team title 135-115.5 over runner-up O’Neill.
Once the final whistle blew, Anderson celebrated by raising his arms and flashing the last three fingers on each hand to an appreciative crowd.
“Ever since I got third as a freshman, I told myself I’d be a three-time state champion,” Anderson said. “This just makes the whole season so much better and all the work gets paid back to you.”
Anderson’s first state title came in 2011 when he helped lead the Bison to a team title in Class B that ended Omaha Skutt’s 14-year reign as champion of Nebraska’s second largest class of schools.
Even with the significance of a team victory like that, Anderson said the way things unfolded the past three days makes this title the most memorable to him.
“This year is the best because we’re seniors and all of our seniors are all in the finals,” Anderson said. “We only had seven guys down here, so to win a state title with seven guys is pretty special.”
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