DES MOINES | Ryan Leisure said you can’t judge his throwing ability by glancing at his body.
“If you look at me, I don’t look very intimidating,” the Clear Lake senior said. “I’m lanky and long looking.
“But I’m stronger than I look.”
That was on display Friday afternoon in a 1 vs. 2 matchup at 145 pounds in a Class 2A quarterfinal.
Leisure looked at ease throwing his weight around in one of the day’s marquee bouts. By the time it was over, Leisure was on to the semifinal round after taking down Spirit Lake Park’s second-ranked Kyler Rieck 10-2.
“I think I could have put up more points if I wanted to,” Leisure said. “It was a good match, but I don’t think it was my best.”
The victory put Leisure within one win from reaching his fourth state championship match, a feat that hasn’t been done in school history. Leisure, 37-0, will meet Creston’s Mitchel Swank tonight in the semifinals.
“I want to make it count,” he said. “I want to pin, major, score points on everybody.”
Leisure will be joined in the semifinal round by teammate Eric Faught. Faught won by fall at 113 pounds in the quarters and will face Albia’s Aden Reeves tonight.