Wrestling is life for Corydon junior Bailey LaHue. He has a mat and workout station in his basement. That dedication and commitment is paying off as LaHue chases his third straight semistate championship on Saturday in Evansville. LaHue (21-0) is ranked second in the state at 120 pounds.
Being undefeated, and ranked high in the state, do you feel pressure at this point?
At this level, records don’t matter. There can be upsets or anything. You have to be ready at that time and perform well.
After winning semistate titles at 113 as a freshman and 120 last year, are you better prepared to face the competition at this level?
I have confidence from being there two years in a row. The first time I was real nervous, it was all new to me. But winning it twice has helped me a lot.
Where did your passion for wrestling come from?
I started when I was 3. My brother and I got into and started wrestling everywhere. Now it’s all I think about. I like contact, I’ve always loved contact sports. I played football, but it’s nothing like wrestling. I just love it.
Is the state championship within your reach?
It would definitely be a disappointment to not win it. I’ve already gotten fifth (as a freshman) and fourth, now I want to be at the very top. I just have to wrestle smart, one match at a time.
What’s the secret to your success?
When I was younger, my dad, and everyone who coached me, was big on being on your feet and being able to take anybody down. And it’s all about always moving for six minutes, you don’t stop.
Who has been your role model?
There’s a couple of different people who have been a big influence, like my brother (Matthew). He’s always been there and helped me out. When I was a freshman, he was a senior and he always helped me.
Do you feel you are peaking at the right time?
When it comes to the sectional and the tournament, it’s just that time of the year and I’m always peaking, getting better and better. I can’t wait. It fires me up every match I go into. I’m pumped and ready.
What has wrestling taught you about life?
A big thing is no matter how tough something is, you just keep going and not give up. Wrestling is real hard, but it’s like anything else. Go hard and do my best.
It has to be tough to stay at 120 pounds. When the season is over, what’s the first thing you want to eat that’s not part of the diet plan?
It’ll probably be dessert brownies or something like that, maybe a Texas Roadhouse steak.
BAILEY LAHUE UP CLOSE
* Corydon * Junior * parents Nichole and Darrell; brother Matthew (19); sisters Allie (18) and Cameron (2). * : Bailey is a two-time defending semistate champion, winning at 113 pounds as a freshman and 120 pounds last year. He finished fifth in the state in 2012 and fourth in 2013. * Bailey has a passion for the spot. He literally loves it. He watches it and works at it. He’s so determined and confident. He’s on a mission.”School: Year: Family:Student/athleteCoach Richard Clipp: “
— Justin Sokeland