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Greensburg Tribune-Review grappler Q&A: Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee

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Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional head coach Eric Mausser congratulates Spencer Lee after his win against Marimion Academy's Anthony Bosco in the 113-pound final at the Ironman Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2013, at Walsh-Jesuit High School in Akron, Ohio. Lee also received the Outstanding Wrestler Award.

Spencer Lee

Franklin regional, freshman

Claim to fame: Lee (33-0), who helped Franklin Regional to its first WPIAL Class AAA team championship Saturday, finished first at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament in the 113-pound weight class last month after defeating Latrobe's Ethan McCoy, 9-5. Lee also finished first at the Powerade Christmas Tournament and Ironman Tournament.

With all your success early on in your career, how do you stay motivated?

You have to push yourself to achieve your goals. You can't relax at any moment if you want to continue on this path we are on. We just got to keep pushing to achieve our goals.

When do you think you're at your best on the mat?

I feel like I'm at my best when I'm out there having fun and smiling. If you're not having fun and achieving your goals, you're doing the sport wrong.

What do you like about wrestling that you don't get from any other sport?

I feel like wrestling helps you with life. What you put into the sport, that's what you get out of it. If you put a lot of work into your education, you will get a scholarship. It will help you with your life when you're not wrestling.

— Andrew John

Wrestling rankings

Class AAA

Rec. Pvs.

1. Franklin Regional 19-1 1

2. Latrobe 12-2 2

3. North Allegheny 13-1 3

4. Canon-McMillan 16-2 4

5. Kiski Area 15-3 5

6. Belle Vernon 16-3 6

7. Peters Township 12-3 7

8. Hempfield 9-5 8

9. Greensburg Salem 10-3 9

10. Connellsville 16-7 10

Class AA

1. Burrell 12-3 2

2. South Fayette 20-1 1

3. Jefferson-Morgan 15-3 3

4. Burgettstown 14-3 45. Ellwood City 10-5 NR

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Claim to fame: Lee (33-0), who helped Franklin Regional to its first WPIAL Class AAA team championship Saturday, finished first at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament in the 113-pound weight class last month after defeating Latrobe's Ethan McCoy, 9-5. Lee also finished first at the Powerade Christmas Tournament and Ironman Tournament.

“I feel like we are striving to achieve all of our goals,” Lee said. “Franklin Regional hasn't won a state title. I'm just trying to focus on contributing to the team as we try to win our first team state title.”

With all your success early on in your career, how do you stay motivated?

You have to push yourself to achieve your goals. You can't relax at any moment if you want to continue on this path we are on. We just got to keep pushing to achieve our goals.

When do you think you're at your best on the mat?

I feel like I'm at my best when I'm out there having fun and smiling. If you're not having fun and achieving your goals, you're doing the sport wrong.

What do you like about wrestling that you don't get from any other sport?

I feel like wrestling helps you with life. What you put into the sport, that's what you get out of it. If you put a lot of work into your education, you will get a scholarship. It will help you with your life when you're not wrestling.

Who has helped you throughout your wrestling career?

I would have to start with my teammates and my coaches. They tell me what I'm doing right, wrong and what I can improve on. Also, my dad has been there sine I started to wrestle at 6 years old. Finally, my friends have contributed to my success.

What do you need to do to continue your success?

I need to relax and focus. I can't get stressed out on the mat and I just need to wrestle. It doesn't matter who I wrestle.

 

 
 


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