Prep Wrestling

Lisbon wrestlers mine for more state gold

HS journalism: Lions hope to win third straight traditional title

Lisbon’s Cael Happel is a two-time state champion hoping to help the Lions win another state title. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Lisbon’s Cael Happel is a two-time state champion hoping to help the Lions win another state title. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

LISBON — Lisbon has been known for its successful high school wrestling program of years, and it has strengthened that reputation the last two years.

The Lions have won traditional state titles the past two years and won the state duals title in 2016. They were fourth in the state duals last year.

The Lisbon Lions have begun their journey to win a state title three years in a row.

“We are a young team, and we need to have everyone work together,” senior Cobe Siebrecht said, “Overall, we are a good team.”

Lisbon, which finished fourth on Saturday at the 30-team Independence Invitational, is expected to be a tough team this year, but one thing it lacks is depth. There are a lot of young wrestlers who have not wrestled at the high school level filling starting spots.

Although the freshmen are inexperienced, they have a lot of talent.

“Compared to last year, we graduated seven seniors, so this year we have big shoes to fill,” two-time state champion Cael Happel said.

This year’s team hopes to continue the Lisbon tradition and win the state duals and traditional titles this year.

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