People were talking about Cody LeCount before he ever wrestled a match. Four years later, those people were proven right.
LeCount, the Star’s Wrestler of the Year, won the 145-pound state title on Feb. 22, giving the Perry Meridian senior two state titles and a runner-up finish.
He ended his high school career with a 184-2 record, culminating his final year by beating wrestlers in his weight class ranked third (by pin), fifth (major decision) and fourth (technical fall), before a pin of Lake Central’s Jake Sebahar and a 3-1 win against No. 2 and defending 138-pound state champ Tommy Forte of Mishawaka.
LeCount’s only loss since his freshman year was a 1-0 setback to two-time state champ Kyle Ayersman of Lake Central in the 2012 126-pound state championship.
LeCount, who will wrestle for Central Michigan next season, talked to the Star about this season, his career and the future.
Question: Which title was harder to win, this year or 2013?
LeCount: “I’ve got to go with the second one being harder. After I won the first one, the pressure was on to go out and do it again. I didn’t want to just win it for myself; I wanted to win it for my friends and family, my teammates, the school. It was probably tougher this year because of all the pressure.”
Q: Was there ever a doubt in your mind you were going to win another state title this year?
A: “The goal this year, from Day 1, was to get that second title. I just had to do what it took to get to that.”
Q: Do you remember what goals you set for yourself as a freshman in terms of your career?
A: “Coming in my freshman year, I already was one of the top dogs, and so my goal was always to be a state champ. I’d always gone to the state meet as a kid, and I always wanted to get to the big show, wrestle under the lights and win it all. So being a state champ was the goal, but being a two-time state champ is even better.”
Q: Do you ever think back to that loss to Ayersman and how you were a takedown away from being a three-time state champ.
A: “I was actually just talking to (Perry Meridian coach Jim Tonte) about that. I look back on that loss all the time. I think that probably drove me to where I am now.”
Q: You won three team state championships as well. Do team titles feel better than individual titles, or are the individual ones better?
A: “Back when they still had the dual-meet format for the team title, I’d definitely say the team titles were better. It was great seeing everyone on the team come together for one goal. But now that they’ve gotten rid of that, I think the individual titles probably are sweeter.”
Q: What are your goals for Central Michigan?
A: “I won state titles, so now I want to go win a national title. I’m going to do what the coaches tell me to do, train hard and see what that brings me.”
IndyStar High School Wrestling Super Team
Weight, name, school, record, state finish
106: Breyden Bailey, Cathedral, 47-1, third
113: D.J. Smith, Franklin, 39-1, first
120: Chad Red, New Palestine, 44-0, first
126: Jack Chastain, Hamilton Southeastern, 42-2, fifth
132: Deondre Wilson, Warren Central, 39-0, first
138: Tommy Cash, Lawrence North, 47-1, first
145: Cody LeCount, Perry Meridian, 44-0, first
152: Eli Carlson, Carmel, 33-6, state qualifier
160: Vinny Corsaro, Cathedral, 48-1, second
170: Jacob Stevenson, Franklin, 40-1, first
182: Blake Rypel, Cathedral, 47-2, second
195: Katrell Moss, Warren Central, 31-2, first
220: Connor Talley, Franklin, 40-1, third
285: Wesley Bernard, Cathedral, 49-0, first
Coach of the year: Franklin Community’s Bob Hasseman
Hasseman’s Grizzly Cubs spent the last half of the season ranked No. 1, won the team duals state title in January, and captured sectional, regional and semistate crowns before finishing second at the state meet.