The Leister Bowling name continues to make its rounds across the country’s wrestling mats. It spans yet another decade, another step in the family lineage.
Leister Bowling IV, a soon-to-be sophomore wrestler at Mead High School, became the third generation of his namesake to earn All-American status (or place in the top eight) at the U.S. Greco-Roman National Championships, which took place last week in North Dakota.
With his father and grandfather watching at the FargoDome, the 15-year-old beat Tennessee’s Maximus Norman to place eighth in the 16-and-under age division.
“It was pretty cool, I think we’re the youngest family ever to have three generations of All-Americans in Greco there,” Bowling IV said, noting Bowling II finished sixth in 1978 and Bowling III seventh in 1998. “It was really exciting.”
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The three generations of All-Americans are part of only 110 wrestlers from Colorado to place at the national tournament over the past 50 years, Mead coach Ty Tatham and Bowling IV said the tournament announced.
Bowling II was the coach of Bowling III at Lyons High School when he won three state titles and claimed the state record for most pins, takedowns and wins while touting a 154-2 high school record.
With their guidance, Bowling IV quickly placed himself among the state’s elite wrestlers as a freshman last winter, reaching the state quarterfinals in the Class 4A 152-pound division. He eventually bowed out to Broomfield’s Ryan Vigil, who went on to win his second straight title, and finished fifth.
“What makes Leister special is his dedication and hard work and wrestling,” Tatham said. “He is willing to put in a lot of time and work really hard to be successful.”
Per Inside Colorado Wrestling, Bowling IV was one of three Colorado wrestlers to gain All-American status in men’s 16U Greco-Roman division, with Regis Jesuit’s 132-pounder Garrett Reece and 88-pounder Daniel Goodwin being the others.
The 16U Colorado Greco-Roman men’s team placed ninth as a team. According to ICW, its overall record was 100-74 with Bowling going 5-2 in his matches.