Pummel makes his way onto podium, Laker wall

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COLUMBUS — Part of a goal was accomplished here Friday for Hayden Pummel.

The sophomore put himself up on the Laker Legends’ wall inside the Indian Lake wrestling room and achieved his goal of standing on the podium here at the OHSAA Division III state meet.

Pummel went 1-2 on the second day of the state meet inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center. He lost his championship quarterfinal match, but bounced back to win his second-round consolation bout, which earned him a spot on the podium. The Laker then dropped his next match to put him in today’s seventh-place match.

“It feels good to place,” said Pummel. “I achieved what I wanted to this season. I’m already looking forward to next year and coming here, and placing higher. I want to be in the top two.”

A familiar face awaits Pummel in his seventh-place match. He will face his first-round opponent again in Kansas Lakota’s Trevor Franks, who Pummel beat 8-6 on Thursday night. Placement matches for Division III begin this morning at 10 a.m.

PICTURED IN SATURDAY'S EXAMINER: Indian Lake’s Hayden Pummel works for a takedown against Archbold’s Kasyn Schaffner during their 160-pound consolation match Friday at the Division III state tournament in Columbus.

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