Blankenship leads three placers at state tournament

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By Andrew Harner

Vandalia junior Dalton Blankenship's fourth-place finish on Saturday led Vandalia's three placers at the Illinois High School Association individual state tournament.

Blankenship lost in the championship preliminaries to Jake Snow, the eventual champion at 145 pounds, but made an impressive run through the wrestle-backs at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois, winning three bouts before falling to Litchfield's Seth Newkirk by fall at 1:52 in the third-place bout.

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