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Lakers to put 3 on the podium at state

Lange, Wallbrown could place as high as third in Division II

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ABOVE: Indian Lake’s Heath Lange battles Clyde’s Beau Minnick during their 145-pound championship semifinal match at the Division II state tournament Friday in Columbus. BELOW: Indian Lake’s Reyse Wallbrown breaks down Warren Howland’s David Brian Whisler during their 152-pound consolation quarterfinal match Friday in Columbus. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Indian Lake’s L.J. Henderson battles Marion-Franklin’s Jhulyis Monroe in a 182-pound consolation quarterfinal match Friday in Columbus. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LaBATT)

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COLUMBUS — Three state qualifiers, three state placers.

Indian Lake’s wrestling team will be putting every wrestler it brought here to the Division II state tournament on the podium tonight.

Senior Heath Lange (145) led the way for the Lakers on Friday by reaching the championship semifinals and earning a top six finish, while fellow seniors Reyse Wallbrown (152) and L.J. Henderson (182) battled through the consolation rounds to earn at least a top eight finish.

The top eight wrestlers in each weight class are considered state placers and receive spots on the awards podium.

Indian Lake was as high as 11th at one point in the Division II team standings. The Lakers finished Friday in 20th with 19 points.

“This is a record-breaking group,” said Indian Lake head coach Scott Tressler. “We brought three and we placed three. Now, it is about how they finish. We came here to win state titles, but at this point we have to finish as high as we can.”

The consolation semifinals begin at 10 a.m. today and the placement matches for third, fifth and seventh begin at 11 a.m.

Lange won his quarterfinal match Friday morning with a pin over Zack Lake of Akron Coventry in one minute. He then battled returning state placer Beau Minnick of Clyde in the semifinals and fell 9-3.

If Lange wins in today’s consolation semifinal match, he will wrestle for third place. If he loses, he will wrestle for fifth place. Lange placed fourth at last year’s state meet.

“It’s not what I wanted,” said a disappointed Lange. “I wanted to win a state title. I’m going to come back and get third now. I want to do better than I did last year. I didn’t come here just to take third, though. It’s dissapointing."

Wallbrown (152) has earned a top six finish after his performance on Friday, while Henderson (182) will compete for seventh this morning. If Wallbrown wins his next match, he will wrestle for third, but if he loses he will wrestle for fifth.

Inching toward the state finals, Lange came out on a mission in his quartefinals match Friday morning to get Indian Lake started inside the Schottenstein Center.

 

 

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