HomesportsLeesville wrestling has hopes for future

Leesville wrestling has hopes for future

The Wrestling team poses after regionals. With both of their state qualifiers returning next year, they hope for even more Cap-8 champions.

After placing first in their weight classes at the Cap-8 regional championships, two Leesville students, Matt Cesari, sophomore, and C.J. Kimmerly, junior, proceeded to the North Carolina state High School championships February 23-25.

Taking place in the Greensboro Coliseum, the three day championship event was a memorable experience for both participants.

“You feel like a gladiator,” said Cesari, “you’re in the warm-up room, then they call your weight class. You walk through this tunnel with a low ceiling and come out into this massive arena, filled with people.”

There were 784 wrestlers entered in the championship, from 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A competitions, each with 8 or 16 qualifiers for every weight class.

“Matt had a good first round match, against a kid from Parkland, the state champs,” Kimmerly said. “I had 2 wins and 2 losses, and Matt went 1 and 2.”

“States went well,” said Coach Wyss. “Although neither of our guys placed, I have hopes for next year since they’ll both be back.”

Kimmerly added, “Overall, we did fairly well considering neither of us are seniors. I think that because our team is building, we’ll have a lot more state qualifiers next year and be able to put a lot more people on the podium. Next year’s championship will hopefully be even better.”

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