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Lakers finish with force at state meet

Lange, Wallbrown place third; Henderson finishes seventh

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Indian Lake’s Reyse Wallbrown, above, and L.J. Henderson, below, wrestle in their placement matches during the Division II state tournament Saturday in Columbus. Wallbrown placed third at 152-pounds and Henderson finished seventh at 182-pounds.

FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Indian Lake’s Heath Lange has his hand raised after finishing third, Lange finishes his career as a two-time state placer, a three-time state qualifier and the all-time wins leader at Indian Lake. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LaBATT)

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COLUMBUS — Few will truly comprehend the countless hours spent training, the drops of sweat poured or the number of tears shed by Indian Lake’s Heath Lange, Reyse Wallbrown and L.J. Henderson.

To place here at the Division II state tournament is far more difficult than the trio of seniors made it look Saturday.

It is the first time Indian Lake has ever placed three wrestlers at the state tournament as Lange (145) and Wallbrown (152) both finished third and Henderson (182) took seventh.

It was also the program’s third-highest finish at the state meet after Indian Lake finished 10th with 39 points and earned a spot on the big scoreboard here on the floor of the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

The Lakers tied for seventh place in 1989 and tied for ninth in 1984.

“It’s exciting for the kids to see themselves be this successful,” said Indian Lake head coach Scott Tressler. “I couldn’t ask for a better group than these three. They always come early and stay late. They do the extra workouts. You want guys like this, that put in all that work, to be successful.”

 

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