Anderson privileged to be a Gopher

Dylan Anderson felt bad when his roommate and good friend, Owen Webster, went down with a knee injury in November. But he’s filled in admirably for Webster since as the 184-pound starter on the University of Minnesota wrestling team.

Anderson, the only three-time state place winner in Hudson High School history, currently leads the Gophers with 21 wins as a redshirt freshman. He stepped in for Webster at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas in early December and beat Zen Ikihara of Air Force in his first match, 5-3. He went on to go 3-2 at the invite, including a close loss to No. 5 ranked Dom Abounader of Michigan.

“I got the opportunity to fill in for Owen at the Las Vegas Invite and had a pretty close match with Abounader and the coaches saw I have some skills that are valuable to the team,” he said. “I’m still not sure I’ll be starting when Owen comes back but I have to keep preparing as if I will.”

Anderson has been preparing for this opportunity all his life, beginning as a youth wrestler in Hudson with his good friend and future Raider teammate Sawyer Massie. He credits Massie and Raider head coach Chris Hansen for helping him become a better wrestler. Continue reading at