Leo restored its wrestling program three years ago as part of a far-reaching effort to attract more students.
The results have been dramatic: In only its third year of interscholastic competition, the Lions won a Regional championship and produced two state-meet qualifiers.
Senior James Foy, son of Lions Coach Michial Foy, was the regional champion at 138 pounds and finished as runner-up in the state meet, highest finish ever by a Leo wrestler. Junior Kyle Hickmon also qualified for the state meet at 145 pounds, but was unable to compete because of a wrist injury sustained in the regional meet.
Heavyweights James Britten Jr. and Leroy Henry were also state-meet qualifiers in the earliest days of Leo’s wrestling revival. With a large complement of underclassmen making up the regional-title team, the future is bright for Leo wrestling.