LISBON — The Lisbon wrestling, once again, is off to a great start, thanks in large part to its “murderers row.”
With three No. 1 ranked wrestlers — Cobe Siebrecht (138 pounds), Cael Happel (132) and Robert Avila (126) — it’s tough for opponents to get rolling against the third-ranked Lions.
“There is not a better trio in the state of Iowa that (can) go toe-to-toe with us,” said Happel, a junior.
Although these three No. 1 ranked wrestlers put on a show in competition, the best performance may be in the practice room. One can only imagine what kind of scrambles happen between this triple threat, who are within 15 pounds of each other.
“It helps us to have good practice partners in the room,” said Siebrecth, the lone senior. “We are always competing with each other.
“Nobody wants to give up a takedown, which makes it more competitive.”
Avila, a freshman, brings more talent to the Lions’ lineup. He has regularly beaten ranked wrestlers who are juniors and seniors.
“I have to hold myself to a higher standard, which is difficult as a freshman,” he said. “It is pretty fun having a target on my back. That’s what I want; all the good guys coming after me.”
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It is safe to say the Lisbon wrestling team will be among the best in Class 1A against this year with a mix of good wrestlers throughout their lineup — not just the “murderers row” of Happel, Siebrecht and Avila.
Lisbon wrestles next top-ranked Gilbertville Don Bosco on Jan. 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lions’ scheduled tournament on Saturday, in Clinton, was canceled.