Leesville’s wrestling season comes to a close

Dan Mills represents Leesville as he fought against his Wakefield opponent. Mills, as well as the other wrestlers, helped Leesville win its final home match.

January 28 marked the day Leesville’s wrestling team annihilated their opponent, Wakefield, during their last home match of the season.

The wrestlers who competed on January 28 were Dan Mills, Jason Mills, Justin Tibbs, Saige Ackers, and Zach Jones. They helped the Leesville’s wrestling team win 67 to 12 against Wakefield.

Although wrestling is a physically demanding sport, there was only one injury during the match. It was a Wakefield player’s shoulder. From his facial expressions, it seemed to hurt quite a lot, but the medical team helped him ice it, and it was alright.

Aside from winning by a landslide, it was also senior night. They honored the seven seniors: Nico Buico, Justin Foster, Mickey Henderson, Logan Rose, Saige Akers, Zach Jones, and Carson Dean. However not all of these seniors competed on January 28.

“[I’ve been wrestling] for four years. My mom made me [join] freshman year. I felt pretty good [about the match]. I mean, I didn’t really want to lose,” said Zach Jones, one of the seniors on the team.

Leesville also managed to compete in the CAP 8 Conference on January 31. Cap Eight is a competition between different groups of schools in the area, competing in different sports, including wrestling. The conference meet was held at Leesville this year.

Leesville finished in a three-way tie for the regular season title, and they also won the Cap 8 Tournament Title. They finished the tournament with 151.5 points. The scores that followed were Sanderson with 147.5, Millbrook with 138, Wake Forest with 122.5, Broughton with 117, Wakefield with 77, Heritage with 41.5, and Enloe with 28.5.

The team qualified for the State Dual Play-offs and finished the season with 36 wins, a new school record. Leesville had 3 State Qualifiers: Dan Mills, Cole Collins, and Zach Jones.

“I’m very proud of everything the 2014-2015 [wrestling team] has accomplished. I think all of my 3 State Qualifiers have a good shot of placing in the top six of their respective weight classes and earning all State Honors,” said Coach Wyss.


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