Dixon, Mefford finish careers on state podium

COLUMBUS — Connor Dixon and Cole Mefford found a permanent place among the wrestling greats at Indian Lake High School.

The two Lakers seniors each placed here Saturday at the OHSAA Division III state wrestling tournament and ended their careers with wins inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Dixon placed fifth at 182 pounds and Mefford was seventh at 220 pounds. Both earned all-Ohio honors and a spot on the Wall of Fame in the Laker wrestling room.

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Indian Lake’s Connor Dixon works to pin Massillon Tuslaw’s Jake Loar during their 182-pound fifth-place match at the state tournament. Both Lakers won their matches to earn spots on the podium.

Mefford also recorded his 100th career win at the state meet.

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Indian Lake’s Cole Mefford holds down Massillon Tuslaw’s Crawford Hammrick during their 220-pound seventh-place match at the Division III state tournament Saturday in Columbus. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LaBATT)

The top eight placers in each weight class made the podium.

“These two had great weekends and displayed amazing character and resolve to get on the podium,” said Indian Lake head coach Ryan Dickson. “No matter the situation, win or lose, once the match was over they were focused on what was next. They didn’t worry about what happened in the past. The grit that they showed is a reflection of how they’ve handled their careers and we are extremely proud of them.”

For the full story and state tournament results, pick up a copy of Monday's Bellefontaine Examiner
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