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Tigers’ Anderson dazzles in his debut

COLUMBUS — It may have been his first match at a high school state wrestling tournament, but freshman Trevor Anderson commanded the mat like a veteran here Thursday on the biggest stage in Division III.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Trevor Anderson scrambles to score a takedown on Waterford’s Austin Lang during their 126-pound first-round match at the Division III state wrestling tournament in Columbus. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The West Liberty-Salem 126-pound rookie sensation dominated in his first-round match at the Jerome Schottenstein Center and moves into today’s championship quarterfinal round. One more win will move him to the semifinals and guarantee him a top six finish.

Anderson handled Austin Lang of Waterford in his first-round match and recorded a 13-6 decision. He now faces Zac Hupps of Galion (50-5) in the quarterfinals.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Anderson. “I just knew I wasn’t going to back down and let him come at me. If I was going to lose, I was going to lose aggressively. I just kept going after him.”

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