Elkhorn Middle School eighth-grader Sam Anderson placed fourth in the 168-pound class at Kentucky’s Middle School Wrestling State Tournament.
He was also the District 7 champion and took third place at the regional tournament.
The state tournament was held at Montgomery County High School where Anderson won his first match by technical fall 21-4 over Boyd of Trigg County.
In his quarterfinal match Anderson won a 4-0 decision over Garland of Campbell County. He advanced to the state semifinals against Ashland’s Krueger, who defeated Anderson 7-1.
In the consolation semifinal Anderson bounced back to beat Silva of Christian County 9-2 on his way to a fourth-place finish in the state tournament.
“Sam was a true team leader this year,” said Elkhorn coach Kore Donnelly. “He put in work and never complained. Sam is the kind of kid you want on your team every year, always working to get better and encouraging his teammates.”
This is Anderson’s third year wrestling for Elkhorn’s middle school team. His 2012 record was 46-8 and he had over 80 career wins at Elkhorn. He is a three-time regional qualifier and two-time state qualifier.
As team captain, Anderson helped lead Elkhorn’s wrestling team to a seventh place State Duals finish, its third straight district championship and even more impressive, back-to-back regional championships.