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Making his only shot count

Lakers’ Wallbrown overcomes setbacks to go out on a high note

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Indian Lake’s Reyse Wallbrown hugs teammate Heath Lange after Wallbrown placed third at the Division II state tournament Saturday in Columbus. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

COLUMBUS — Reyse Wallbrown always had the potential to be great on the wrestling mat. Unfortunately, injuries and setbacks prevented the Indian Lake senior from showing his true abilities.

Given one final shot at glory, Wallbrown cashed in this winter.

The senior 152-pounder capped a sensational senior season last weekend with a third-place finish at the Division II state tournament in Columbus.

“It is an unreal feeling,” said Wallbrown. “It hasn’t hit me yet and probably won’t until everything is over with. I was happy to go out, compete and finish the way I did at state.

“I loved being the underdog. No one knew anything about me. People came to the meets and didn’t know who I was. It made me feel better about myself that everyone else wasn’t expecting anything out of me. Then, I got to show them what I’m really about.”

 

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