Wrestling: Mead’s Leister Bowling IV becomes All-American at Greco-Roman National Championships | Sports

July 29—The Leister Bowling name continues to make its rounds on wrestling mats nationwide. It spans another decade, another step in the family line.

Leister Bowling IV, an aspiring sophomore wrestler at Mead High School, became the third generation of his namesake to achieve All-American status (or a top-eight finish) at the American Greco-Roman National Championships, which took took place last week in North Dakota.

With his father and grandfather watching at the FargoDome, the 15-year-old beat Tennessee’s Maximus Norman to place eighth in the 16-and-under division.

“It was pretty cool, I think we’re the youngest family to have three generations of All-Americans in Greco there,” Bowling IV said, noting that Bowling II finished sixth in 1978 and Bowling III finished seventh. in 1998. “It was really exciting.”

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The three generations of All-Americans are among 110 Colorado wrestlers to place in the national tournament in the past 50 years, Mead coach Ty Tatham and Bowling IV said when the tournament was announced.

Bowling II was Bowling III’s coach at Lyons High School when he won three state titles and earned the state record for most bowls, eliminations and wins while boasting a record of 154- 2 in high school.

With their guidance, Bowling IV quickly cemented himself among the state’s elite wrestlers as a rookie last winter, reaching the state quarterfinals in the 152-pound Class 4A division. He finally bowed out to Ryan Vigil of Broomfield, who won his second consecutive title and finished fifth.

“What makes Leister special is his dedication, hard work and struggle,” Tatham said. “He is ready to put in a lot of time and work very hard to succeed.”

According to Inside Colorado Wrestling, Bowling IV was one of three wrestlers from Colorado to achieve All-American status in the men’s 16U Greco-Roman division, with Regis Jesuit’s 132-pound Garrett Reece and 88-pound Daniel Goodwin being the others. .

The Colorado 16U men’s Greco-Roman team placed ninth as a team. According to ICW, his overall record was 100-74 with Bowling going 5-2 in his games.

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