— Tony Hager (@hagertony) April 15, 2016
Iowa State bolsters their class of 2017 with the addition of Ryan Leisure
Two-time state champion Ryan Leisure of Clear Lake announced that he has committed to Iowa State University. Per his conversation with our own Tony Hager, Leisure said that he felt at home the first time he visited Ames and that the coaching staff made him feel at home.
In addition to winning back-to-back state titles for Clear Lake in 2015 and 2016 Lesiure was also a 2014 state finalist, falling to future three-time state champion Brock Rathbun at 113 pounds. Later that summer Leisure would go on to place fourth at USA Wrestling Cadet Greco Nationals, and was a win away from medaling in freestyle.
Leisure has now won state titles at 126 and 138-pounds over the last two seasons, but this year’s state title required an overtime victory over Creston’s Wyatt Thompson. With Leisure and Thompson entering the rideouts in overtime, Leisure was able to hit a spladle against Thompson to secure the fall.
From our February Overtime, “I was having trouble getting to my offense in that match. They really had me game planned pretty well, but they forgot about my spladle which I hit on a Creston kid my freshman year at state. In my finals match I really didn’t plan on hitting it, I sort of just hit it on instinct and I actually surprised myself when I hit it.”
Leisure is a class of 2017 recruit, which means he will enter into his senior season this coming fall for Clear Lake. While Leisure hasn’t set what weight he will wrestle for Clear Lake next season, he did tell us that he plans to wrestle 149-pounds for the Cyclones.
Lesiure selected Iowa State over Northern Iowa. He joins Illinois prep Austin Gomez as the only two verbals for the class of 2017.