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DES MOINES | Ryan Leisure continues to rewrite the Clear Lake record book.

Nobody in school history had ever reached four straight state championship matches before he came along.

And nobody in school history has ever won three state championships. Leisure could become the first if he ends his career with a victory Saturday night.

The top-ranked (2A) 145-pounder rolled to familiar territory Friday, taking apart second-ranked Kyle Rieck of Spirit Lake Park 10-2 before dominating Creston/O-M’s fourth-ranked Mitchel Swank before recording a fall in 4:56.

“I just want to finish on a positive note,” Leisure said. “I want to get the job done fast and go celebrate. That’s the plan.”

Leisure, the school’s all-time wins leader, is 169-6 for his career with one match remaining. He will face PCM-Monroe’s third-ranked Xavier Miller in the 145-pound final.

A big reason why Leisure has powered to Championship Saturday again is his ability to stand and throw with anybody.

His strength, he said, is deceiving.

“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 his 1 vs. 2 matchup.

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.

“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.”

He looked at his best later in the night, racing to an 11-1 lead before recording a third-period fall over Swank.

Thus far, Leisure has looked like the best wrestler in his bracket. He feels like he is, too.

“Personally, I feel like I am,” Leisure said. “It’s just a mentality. You have to be confident. You have to think you are the best.”

Eric Faught’s bid to reach his second state final ended in the semifinal round when he dropped a 5-4 decision to Albia’s Aden Reeves in a 113-pound semifinal.

Faught, a sophomore, reached the semifinal round by recording a first-period fall in the quarterfinals.


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