“It’s been pretty cool,” said Leek. “Most people know I wrestle and the athletic director (Vicki Parady-Guay) really supports me and makes announcements on how I do.”
Over the last three years, Leek has accomplished plenty. But there is one void than he’s anxious to fill this year.
“I’d like to win my weight class at the (Division 3) state meet,” he said. “I’ve finished second every year. Then I’d like to make New England.”
Leek’s college plans are unclear at this point, but he’d like to keep wrestling. “It’s something I’ve always enjoyed so I’d like to continue,” he said.
And then, for the first time, he might be on a team at the school he attends.
Chamberlain finishing strong
Last year was a season of recovery for Derek Chamberlain, Georgetown/Ipswich’s 195-pound standout.
After missing his entire sophomore season because of a broken hand, Chamberlain came back as a junior and won 25 matches and was second at the sectional, but he also lost 18.
This year has been far different as Chamberlain is currently 23-5 and has won titles at both the Pentucket and Pelham tournaments.
“Last year’s experience after missing a year has made a big difference,” said Chamberlain. “I’m wrestling a lot smarter and know when to not make a stupid move.”
In addition to the added success, this winter has been a particularly enjoyable one for Chamberlain coming off of a difficult two-win season for the Ipswich football team.
“I like the individualness of wrestling, being out there by myself,” he said. “And the coaching change (to head coach Ryan Archambault) has worked out. Coach Auch is very technical and he wants everyone to be as good as he can be.”
Nevertheless, this should be it for Chamberlain’s wrestling career. He’s aiming to play college football with Framingham State and Endicott College among the school’s he’s considering.