BRENDAN LAMEY, junior, Sanford wrestling
THE WEEK: Bumped up from 152 pounds to 170 to earn a 9-4 decision over Cape Henlopen’s Chris Handlin in the Warriors’ 42-21 loss last Wednesday. Then he bumped up to 160 and pinned Nate Cooper in 30 seconds in Sanford’s 57-24 win at Indian River on Friday.
THE ADJUSTMENT: Lamey had to change his tactics against Handlin, who outweighed him by 20 pounds. “You have to wrestle a completely different style, just to make up for the weight difference,” he said. “You’ve got to get more angles on the bigger kids. You can’t go straight under, because they’ll put all of their weight on top of you. Then it’s harder to finish your shots.”
THE COACH SAYS: “I think he’s somewhat deceiving,” Sanford coach Cory Frederick said. “He has great technique, he moves well, it’s almost like he’s double jointed. He transitions really well, and his wrestling IQ is pretty high.”
THE IMPROVEMENT: “My game on top has improved a lot more,” Lamey said. “I’m actually getting a lot more tilts now. Neutral, I’m finishing right off my shot instead of waiting an extra 30 seconds to feel the guy out and see what he does. I just take control of the match now.”
THE AWARENESS: “He’s just come a long way,” Frederick said. “He knows how to put moves together. He knows when he’s in a good position or when he’s in a bad position.”
THE CHAMPIONSHIP: Lamey has recovered from shoulder and knee injuries early this season to post a 15-1 record. He won a DIAA individual state title at 145 pounds last season, and plans to compete at 152 this year. “It just makes me want to work harder, because I know there’s a target on my back,” he said. “Everyone is gunning for the state champion position. I’ve got to prove why I won it last year and just win it again.”
THE CLASSROOM: Lamey enjoys Sanford’s advanced placement U.S. History, taught by Todd Helmecki. “I always watched the History Channel as a kid with my dad,” he said. “I don’t really need to read any books for that. I just know everything right off the bat in history. It’s just a talent I have.” He especially enjoys World War II history.
THE FUTURE: Lamey hopes to continue wrestling in college. He has applied for an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, and is also considering the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. “I would really like to serve my country and see the world,” he said.
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