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Anderson’s stellar rookie season ends with sixth-place effort in Columbus

COLUMBUS — A spot on the podium left West Liberty-Salem freshman Trevor Anderson with bigger goals here Saturday at the Division III state wrestling tournament.


West Liberty-Salem’s Trevor Anderson tosses Norwalk St. Paul’s Wes Fritz during their 126-pound consolation semifinal match Saturday at the Division III state wrestling tournament in Columbus. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Tiger rookie earned a sixth-place finish inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Rather than celebrating, he is already focused on what it will take to be a state champion.

“It feels pretty great to place,” said Anderson. “I didn’t accomplish exactly what I wanted to, but placing as a freshman is a pretty good achievement for me. Next year, I’ll try to do more. I want to win a state championship.”

Anderson was dealt two tough losses Saturday. In his consolation semifinal match, he fell 4-3 to Wes Fritz of Norwalk St. Paul. Anderson rallied to take the lead in his fifth-place match, but was pinned by Damon Outward of Martins Ferry in 3:24 to finish sixth.

“I think Trevor will look back and realize the importance of what he did,” said WL-Salem head coach Brent Anderson. “He is hurting right now and it may not seem like he did that well to him, but he will realize how great he did here.”

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