COLUMBUS -- Mount Vernon senior Max VanFossen will end his wrestling career Saturday night with a podium finish at the 82nd annual OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament.
VanFossen assured himself of no worse than eighth in the state among Division I, 170-pound wrestlers on Friday afternoon when he pinned Oregon Clay's Jacob Meek in 2:22.
That victory came after VanFossen (49-8), a two-time Ohio Cardinal Conference champion, lost his quarterfinal match to Shaker Heights junior Najee Lockett, 10-6.
Lockett then won his state semifinal match, 8-6, and will wrestle for a state title on Saturday night.
VanFossen lost in his third-round consolation match on Friday night, dropping a 7-5 overtime decision to Cole Foor from Pataskala Watkins Memorial.
VanFossen will wrestle for seventh/eighth place against Jon List from Wadsworth on Saturday.
In other results involving Knox County wrestlers on Friday, Danville senior heavyweight Dylan Wilson (19-5) saw his tournament come to an end when he was pinned in the quarterfinals by Noah Price from Fremont St. Joe and then lost in the consolation round, 5-1, to Noah Koch from Genoa Area.