LE SUEUR NEWS HERALD: LSH Grad wins national wrestling title 06 Mar 18
Austin Anderly was pretty good at wrestling in high school. That did not stop after he graduated.
The North Iowa Area Community College sophomore took the title in the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament.
The last match of his career as a student-athlete, Anderly said that he was going to really miss getting on the mat, but he wasn’t going to let it stop him from doing his best.
“I just kept my mind on wanting to win,” he said. “And made it happen.”
Anderly wrestled in the 141-pound bracket during the tournament. He advanced to the title bout after taking home a 7-6 win over Tyree Johnson from Triton College.
Anderly was undefeated during the tournament, topping four wrestlers before advancing to the championship matchup.
To make things more interesting, Anderly had sit out half of the season due to a car crash that left him with a broken hand. While he couldn’t do much training and wasn’t able to wrestle, Anderly redoubled his efforts once he recovered, taking home win after win.
Once the last match of the tournament, the last of Anderly’s career, the two wrestlers were well matched. By the time the whistle blew to end the match Anderly had secured his victory with 3-2 win over Christian Kanzler of Lincoln College.
This was not Anderly’s first time at the tournament. Anderly entered as a freshman last year, taking fifth place in the same weight bracket. He was one of two All-Americans crowned during the tournament.
With his final season now over, Anderly has finished with a 14-2 record. He finished up his 2016-2017 season with a 14-7 record. He took 28 wins and nine losses over the course of his college career.
In high school, Anderly was no slouch. He was one of the top wrestlers in the state when he led the team to state on more than one occasion.
On two of those visits to state, Anderly took first place at his weight class, a slimmer 126 pounds. 
Before college, Anderly took home more than 150 wins, and is one of only two Giants to take home two state championships. Josh Willaert also took home a pair of victories.
When he graduated, Anderly had signed on to wrestle for the University of Wisconsin, but ultimately decided to head to NIACC to study there.
When he graduates from the two-year school, Anderly will hold a degree in air conditioning installation and repair.
Anderly said that he has always had a love of wrestling; he got started when he was quite young. He said he started as young as kindergarten, and continued wrestling before he came to LS-H, his family started off in the Belle Plaine School District.
The multiple-time championship wrestler said the sport gifted him the ability to be effective and efficient as an athlete and as a person.
“It keeps you out of trouble,” he said.