DES MOINES | Nobody in the history of Clear Lake wrestling has done it better.
For Ryan Leisure, a career defined by reaching the state’s biggest stage ended by etching his name as the most decorated wrestler in school history Saturday night inside Wells Fargo Arena.
Four state finals. Nobody in Clear Lake history had done that before.
Now you can add three state championships to his lengthy list of accomplishments. Fewer than 100 wrestlers in Iowa history have won three titles.
Leisure rolled to his third gold medal Saturday night, blanking PCM’s Xavier Miller 5-0 in the title bout at 145 pounds in Class 2A.
“I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot,” said Leisure, who finished his senior year 39-0 with vicotires over the 1A and 3A state champions. “I’m happy to end my last match with a win. Not many guys have a chance to do that.”
Leisure said he’s wrestled the last portion of the season around “75 or 80 percent” as he’s dealt with torn ligaments in his chest.
It turned out Leisure at less than 100 percent was still good enough to dominate another state tournament.
“He is at the top of the record board right now,” Clear Lake coach Mike Lester said. “And I’ve just been fortunate enough to see him grow as a young man. He’s one of those guys who is always helping the kids, doing things to make other people better.”
Leisure's run through the tournament included wins over opponents ranked 2, 3 and 4.
A perfectionist, he wasn’t entirely pleased with his performance Saturday against Miller, a promising sophomore.
“I felt like I dominated everything. I just didn’t look to score enough points,” he said.
Leisure’s final career numbers are staggering. His career win-loss record was 170-6, and he easily smashed the school’s career victory mark. His victories over 1A champion Trent Johnson (Dike-New Hartford) and 3A champ Zach Barnes (Southeast Polk) cemented his spot as Iowa’s best 145-pounder.
“I’m a three-time state champ. Now it’s on to the next thing,” the Iowa State commit said.