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Lange, Henderson pin down top six finish in Columbus

COLUMBUS — After adversity struck, Indian Lake juniors Heath Lange and L.J. Henderson showed what they were made of here Friday at the Division II state wrestling tournament.

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Indian Lake’s L.J. Henderson locks up with Perry’s Alec Schenk during their 160-pound championship quarterfinal match Friday at the Division II state tournament in Columbus. ABOVE: Indian Lake’s Heath Lange holds down Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Ryan Skonieczny during their 138-pound championship quarterfinal match. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Laker duo lost their championship quarterfinal matches, but came back with brute force in the consolation bracket to guarantee themselves a top six finish and a spot on the podium inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

“The right guys are here,” said Indian Lake head coach Scott Tressler. “What I mean by that is that the guys who put in the work are being rewarded. They are the guys who come in early and stay late. It is justification for Heath and L.J. for all their hard work, but for our program it sets a good example as well.”

The best the two can finish is third, but they can do no worse than sixth.

“It’s a bitter sweet feeling,” said Lange. “I wanted to come here and win it, but I’ll take third now. That is what I’m shooting for. There was only one match here where I wasn’t really in control, so I feel confident I can do that.”

“It’s a great feeling to place here,” said Henderson. “My goal was to come down here and place. Now I have a bigger goal of going for third.”

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