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Anderson rallies to grab spot on podium

COLUMBUS — When a chance to place at the Division III state wrestling tournament was on the line, Trevor Anderson relied on what he does best: getting takedowns.

The West Liberty-Salem freshman rebounded after falling in his championship quarterfinal match here Friday in the Jerome Schottenstein Center and won two consolation matches to lock up a top six finish and a spot on the podium. The best Anderson can now finish is third.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Trevor Anderson works to score a takedown on Versailles’ Andrew Slonkosky during a second-round consolation match Friday at the Division III state tournament in Columbus. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

“It feels good to place in the top six,” said Anderson “It’s awesome to come here as a freshman and be able to do that. I want to place as high as I can now, so third is the goal for me from here on out. I want to come back and win it all next year, though.”

Anderson lost to Zac Tupps of Galion by a 14-5 major decision in the quarterfinals. He looked more like himself in his second-round consolation match where he beat Andrew Slonkosky of Versailles 9-5 to secure placement.

Anderson then topped Josh Weber of Loudonville by a 7-3 score.

“Our goal was to win it, but that is obviously not in the cards anymore,” said WL-Salem head coach Brent Anderson. “We’ll go as hard as we can and see where that takes us.

“He made some mistakes and against tough kids you can’t do that, but he did a nice job of coming back and fighting.”

Anderson came out on the offensive attack against Tupps. There was a great scramble at the 1:36 mark where both wrestlers nearly scored. Tupps eventually scored on a takedown and Anderson escaped late the period to make the score 2-1.

A back-and-fort second period saw Tupps earn an 8-4 advantage.

Anderson took down in the third period, but was turned for near fall points twice. That pushed Tupps’ lead to 12-4. Anderson escaped and went for a desperation throw, but Tupps countered and scored again for a 14-5 final.

Read the full story in Saturday's Examiner. 

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