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Head Coach Kermit Cook: 1984-1985 Leesburg High School Varsity Wrestling Team

Depth Provides Optimism As Leesburg Wrestlers Open, December 3, 1985

December 3, 1985|By Joe Williams of The Sentinel Staff
LEESBURG — Lake County's only high school wrestling program climbed out of anonymity last season, and now the Leesburg Yellow Jackets may be on the verge of their best season.

Leesburg finished last season with a 11-1-1 record -- its first winning season in more than a decade. The Yellow Jackets finished second in the Class AAA, District 6 tournament, and third in the Orange Belt Conference meet. And Leesburg did it with only one senior.

This season begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when the Yellow Jackets play host to St. Cloud. A JV match begins at 6:30 p.m.

''It's real competitive out there at practice. I have to regulate the matches real closely this year because the kids are going after each other.'' Cook said his lineup in most of the weight classes could change week-by- week. It could all depend on who looks the best in practices during the week and in the wrestle-offs.

Leesburg's depth could be its strong point. There are wrestlers challenging for all the spots. Along with the returnees, three wrestlers have moved into the area. They are Ben Jesmer from Arizona, and brothers Jeff and Greg Mellott from Pennsylvania.

Cook said he has 35 wrestlers vying for positions this year, compared to 24 last year. He attributes last year's success to the increased interest in the program.

Some of the best competition might occur in the middleweights and heavyweights. Jesmer, Bobby Haeck, Leon Wellmaker and Kevin Scott are all right in the 135- to 140-pound range. Joe Cornelius, Danny Dyess, Ralph Amadeo, and Glenn Burley are all in the running for the 220-pound and Unlimited spots.

The Mellotts and Derek Hayes are in the 98-pound class, Robert Keller returns at 107 and Robert Johnson is back at 114. Cook said six other wrestlers are in the 114 to 120 range.

Wayne Prevatt, Scott and Wellmaker have been selected as captains of the team.

One reason for optimism at Leesburg was a successful summer program.

''The kids who wrestled in the summer have shown tremendous improvement,'' Cook said. ''We wrestled all summer in the USA wrestling program, and we went to a summer camp at Orlando Bishop Moore.''

Leesburg has a 15-dual match schedule, including Spring Hill Springstead, which has recorded 22 consecutive dual-meet victories. Other opponents include a traditionally strong Tampa Catholic, Ocala Vanguard, and Brooksville Hernando. The Yellow Jackets also will compete in Hernando's Christmas Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets are scheduled to host the District 6 tournament Feb. 8.

Joe Williams
Sentinel Staff
Orlando Sentinel
December 3, 1985

1984-1985 Leesburg High School Varsity Wrestling Team Archives

Thursday, May 10, 2012

LHS Wrestlers Lose, December 10, 1974

By Daily Commercial Sports Staff
Daily Commercial
December 10, 1974

The Leesburg High School Wrestlers lost their first scheduled game of the new season last night to Lake Brantley by the score of 44 to 19. Coach John Pitzer has signed up some of the strongest teams for this season and earlier in the fall held a match as a pre-season match with a Class AAAA school and lost. Last nights match was an exciting one although we lost.