By KEVIN WANNEMACHER

Sports Writer

COLUMBUS – Although his run ended early, Wayne Trace freshman Hunter Long wrapped up an outstanding season at the Division III state tournament in Columbus on Thursday.

After breaking his foot at the district tournament March 3 at Troy, the Raider frosh battled Cardington Lincoln freshman Draven Hubley before falling in a 6-5 decision.

Instead of risking further injury, Long then forfeited his next match to bring an end to his season with a record of 33-5 on the year.

“He had an outstanding season,” noted Wayne Trace head coach George Clemens. “He works very hard and he just did a tremendous job all season long.”

Of his five losses on the year, three of those guys finished on the podium on Saturday. Long dropped matches on the year to Legacy Christian freshman Camron Lacure (third at state), Allen East sophomore Drake Carmean (sixth at state) and Eastwood sophomore Brandon Hahn (fourth at state) all placed at the state tournament.

“I am so proud of not only what he has accomplished this year but how hard he has worked to reach this level,” Clemens continued. “If he continues to work hard during the offseason, I think he is very capable of enjoying a lot of success down the road.”

Clemens noted that the Raiders are looking forward to the future with a good returning nucleus and a quality group of wrestlers expected to join the program next year.

“The program had a very solid year from top to bottom,” concluded the Wayne Trace mentor. “We’ve got some very good kids back next year and some kids that will come into the program next year that are good wrestlers as well. I am excited to see what the future brings for the Wayne Trace wrestling program.”