One, as the song goes, may be the loneliest number that you’ll ever see, but it’s been quite enjoyable so far for senior 145-pounder Tristan Leek.
After three years of joining ranks with Jon Scheidegger, who now starts for Sacred Heart University, Leek finds himself as the lone wrestler at Sanborn High School.
And he seems to be thriving. Through the weekend, he was 22-3 and had won tournament titles at Bow, Chelmsford and Pelham. His only losses have come to a defending Vermont champion, a returning New England placer and to Manchester Central’s tough Azalkhan Sarvalov, 3-2, in the finals of the Timberlane Tournament.
“It’s going pretty good,” admitted Leek last week. “I’m healthy and I think my wrestling has improved.”
Leek, who began wrestling with the Merrimack Youth Program in the fifth grade before moving to Kingston as a seventh grader, has been effective from the start.
As a freshman, when Sanborn had a third wrestler (Ryan Manasian), Leek was 21-13. He improved to 34-15 as a sophomore and was 20-9 last year despite missing a month with a concussion.
Those first three years, Leek had the talented Scheidegger as his Sanborn teammate, which was certainly an advantage. But, while he misses the company, his routine hasn’t changed much.
As in the past, Leek still goes to Exeter High School every afternoon for workouts and he usually attends and wrestles in the same meets as the Blue Hawks.
“It’s a little lonelier without Jon, but I’m pretty lucky to be with Exeter,” said Leek. “I’m not officially on their team, but I hang out with them, they cheer me on when I wrestle and I cheer for them.”
And while Leek is the only wrestler at Sanborn, he does get recognized for his accomplishments on the mat.