Athlete of the Week: Trail’s Billy Lee
On Saturday, Jan. 25, Lackawanna Trail’s Billy Lee wrestling to a 4-1 finish with three pins at the Coal Cracker Tournament, and pinned Elk Lake’s Eddie Cumens in 48 seconds on Sunday.Lee has also earned a 17-2 overall record since the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Tournament in December.For his accomplishments, Lee has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.
Grade, age, hometown: Senior, 17, Jermyn.
Family: Janine, mother; Bill, father; Madison, 15, sister.
Other sports I play: Golf, cross country and baseball.
Favorite movie: “Animal House”
Favorite TV show: “Blue Mountain State”
Favorite band: The Wonder Years
Favorite food: Wings
One word to describe me: Happy
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: “Richard Sherman, Coach Youtz and Cael Sanderson.”
Biggest Role Model: “My dad because he’s a good role model and leader.”
Post-graduation plans: “I’m attending Pennsylvania State University to study mechanical engineering.”
Superstitions or rituals: “I listen to music and stretch in the back before every match.”
What are your main goals individually and for the team this season? “My individual goal is to make it deep into the postseason, hopefully into regionals then states. As for the team, we wanted to win a few district meets and the team district duals.”
What are some of the preparations you take for tournaments to be able to compete several times a day against such high competition? “A lot of water and a lot of sleep. I also tend to know more about tougher competition so I try to prepare myself for what I think they’re going to do.”
What is your game plan like during a match? “I try to feel my opponent out in the beginning of the match and figure out an aggressive plan as I go.”
What was your hardest match over the past week? “Morgan Fuller from Western Wayne (who beat Lee in an 8-3 dec. in a 59-6 loss to Western Wayne Thursday). I’ve been wrestling him since junior high and it’s always a tough match.”
You’ve put together a 17-2 record since the Kiwanis Tournament, what does it mean to you to have been so consistent? “It’s good for district seeding so I’m happy I was able to get a good record to hopefully get a good seed. I just go out and wrestle every match, it doesn’t matter what my record is.”
How is your mind set preparing for a wrestling meet different from cross country or golf? “Wrestling is only six minutes but completely exhausting. It’s also more individual so sometimes it’s more personal motivation than team motivation.”