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March 2, 2014

Multiple-state champion wrestlers say HOW SWEET IT IS

Anderly, Sanders, Rose all successfully defend titles

It was obvious from his demeanor that Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial junior Louie Sanders was taking his second-straight state wrestling championship in stride.

Sanders didn't pin anybody in his Class A, 126-pound weight class at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, but he was in control of every match. He closed out the state tournament with an 11-6 decision over Patrick Ramirez of Triton in the finals.

"The first time you win is always hard," Sanders said of his two state titles. "This year I think I had improved as a wrestler so maybe it wasn't quite as difficult. I owe that to my coaches for preparing me all season."

Sanders ended the year with a 38-2 record and the No. 1-ranking in the state.

He was one of three multiple-state champions from the area in Class A. Another was 113-pound junior Austin Anderly from Le Sueur-Henderson.

Anderly won state as a 106-pounder last year and then came back to win it at 113 with a 7-5 victory over Jared Goldsmith of Chatfield in the finals. Unlike Sanders, he felt the second time around was more difficult.

"Everybody knows you after you win the first one," Anderly said. "There's more guys coming after you when you have that target on your back.

"But it feels good. (Goldsmith) was a strong wrestler, but I knew when I got that last takedown that I had him."

Anderly closed out the 2013-14 campaign with a 34-3 record and ranked No. 1.

Sibley East senior Nathan Rose did Sanders and Anderly one better on Saturday. He defeated Vince Johnson of Windom Area at 195 pounds to win his third consecutive state title.

Rose agreed with Anderly that its gets tougher as you go.

"The first one is always tough," Rose said. "But the second one is tougher and the third one is even tougher than that.

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