Lee Wrestles To Champion Win At Albuquerque


Payson High School wrestling standout Zack Lee battled his way to the Amateur Athletic Union 145-pound Cadet (15- to 16-year-olds) National Championship last weekend on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Lee, who will be a junior at PHS next school year, compiled a 4-0 record during the tournament. His toughest competition came during the finals, when he defeated a California opponent 9-6.

Lee advanced to the championship round by virtue of a technical fall win over a Texas wrestler, a pin of a Nebraska representative and a technical fall win over an Ohio teenager.

Also representing the Rim country at the mat showdown were Larry Wilbanks, Nathan Lee and Tyler Goodman.

Competing in the Elite (17- to 18-year-olds) 132-pound division, Wilbanks finished with a 6-2 record and in third place.

Nathan Lee, Zack's younger brother, took second place in the School Boy (13- to 14-year-olds) 148-pound division. In stringing together a 3-1 record, Lee's only loss was by a technical fall in the finals to a Pennsylvania wrestler.

A White Mountain League weight division champion last year, Nathan will be a freshman at Payson High next fall.

Goodman, a relative newcomer to the wrestling scene, was fifth in the School Boy 80-pound weight division with a 2-2 record.

Although local wrestler George Coleman qualified for the AAU championships, he was not able to participate due to family obligations, PHS coach Dave LaMotte said.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.