HS Wrestling: Lyon Dominates In State Title Run

By Jamie Vaske-Associate Director of Sports:

Western Dubuque Junior Max Lyon has his hand raised after winning the 182 pound state title.
Western Dubuque Junior Max Lyon has his hand raised after winning the 182 pound state title.

After a runner up finish in last years state wrestling tournament Western Dubuque junior Max Lyon decided to take a different approach into this years meet. The 182 pound Bobcat was making his third appearance at the state meet and after finishing 4th as a freshman and 2nd last season Lyon realized he needed to slow his matches down:

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Lyon did just that and in impressive fashion as he spent a total of 8 minutes and 5 seconds on the mat with an opening round fall in 1:34, a technical fall in the quarterfinals in 3:12, a 2:15 fall in the semifinals, and had built a 9-2 lead in the first 43 seconds in the championship match before pinning Jamiir Moore of Waverly-Shell Rock in 1:04 to claim the title and end his season with a perfect 51-0 record on the year. Lyon had wrestled Moore in the Battle of Waterloo in December and won the match by fall in 3:14, but Lyon says his focus was on achieving his goal of becoming a state champion:

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After recording the fall in the finals Lyon said it felt like a weight was lifted from his shoulders when getting his hand raised and seeing his coaches celebrating in the corner:

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With a career record of 146-11 Lyon has climbed his way to the top of most of the Bobcat’s school records but in winning the state title he became head coach Paul Cleary’s first state champion a trend he hopes continues:

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As for his own celebration Lyon immediately headed into the stands to find his family, a moment he says he will always remember:

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More audio clips from Max below:

Max on a rematch with semifinal opponent Isaac Bartel:

Max on rematch with Isaac Bartel

Max on whether there will be any pressure next season:

Max on any pressure for next season

Max on being a role model for the young kids in the program:

Max on being a role model for young kids