Just don’t tell him that.
Henderson, who is from New Florence and wrestled for United before transferring to The Kiski School three years ago, became the first local wrestler to compete in the main event of “The Rose Bowl of Wrestling” since Meyersdale’s Michael Warnick in 1989.
Thing is, one of those losses came to Henderson earlier this year. He beat Tessari for the 140-pound championship in the Ironman tournament.
But Henderson, who prefers to be the underdog, doesn’t like to remember that.
“I’m looking back and saying ‘I didn’t wrestle that well. He should have beat me,’ ” Henderson said.
Despite going 152-9 in his career and winning a pair of prep national championships, Henderson didn’t know how to handle being the favorite. He had a huge target on his back after the Ironman tournament, when he was ranked as the top 140-pounder in the country.
“It was just the pressure creeping up on you. I like to chase guys,” he said. “I don’t like guys chasing me. I like keeping the underdog deal kind of going on.”