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Erwin’s long road back from injury nets fourth-place finish

COLUMBUS — Max Erwin looked up and pointed to the ceiling of the Jerome Schottenstein Center before his match Saturday at the Division III state wrestling tournament and said “thank you.” That’s because he feels just stepping back on the mat to compete is a blessing.


Mechanicsburg’s Max Erwin wrestles against Carlisle’s Jimmy Sandlin during their 160-pound thirdplace match Saturday at the Division III state wrestling tournament in Columbus. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LABATT)

The Mechanicsburg 160-pound senior standout recovered from a serious auto accident last February that left him with a broken leg and ended his junior season.

Erwin, who attended Benjamin Logan through junior high, was able to fight his way back and place fourth Saturday at the state tournament.

“After I found out my leg was broken I knew then it was no longer my decision to wrestle or not,” said Erwin. “It was all part of God’s plan, not mine. I had a titanium rod put in my leg, but I was assured I’d be able to heal and wrestle again. I was happy I was able to come back and wrestle this year.”

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