District wrestling starts tonight and many local wrestlers are looking to return to the state competition next weekend. One near-lock is Mid-Buchanan's John Anderson and he enters tonight with the most wins in Dragons' history, but the senior has much bigger plans for the future.
John Anderson heads into districts this weekend with a perfect 43-0 record and after last year's state championship victory in the 160-pound weight class, the Mid-Buchan senior eyes another state run and it starts tonight down in Lawson in Class 1 District 3.
"Just got to go out there and wrestle, if I do that, I'll be alright," Anderson said. Just stick to my match, don't let anything effect me, and get it done."
"John is a very hard worker," Dragons head coach Daniel Kountz said. "He gets in and don't have to say much to him. he's very disciplined, gets in there and knows what he needs to do."
Heading into districts this year, Anderson will wrestle in the 170-pound weight class, but moving up in the weight class hasn't phased him. Instead, Anderson embraces the challenges and enjoys being a leader on this team.
"Just leads by example for the most part and they see him drilling and getting in there and attacking," Kountz said. "We stress being aggressive, scoring a lot of points, and getting the fall. he does that."
After his high school career ends, Anderson will continue wrestling at Maryville University in St. Louis, but for now, he sets his eyes on repeating as a state champion.
"I want to come out and I want to dominate all my matches the whole time. I don't want anything close. Last year I won, this year, I want to put on a show."
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