(Above) Clear Lake High School junior Mallory Leisure has been chosen to sing The Naitonal Anthem at the opening of the Iowa Boys State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines Thursday.-Reporter photo.
by Marianne Gasaway
In recent years the name Leisure has become synonymous with the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament. Afterall, Clear Lake’s Ryan Leisure won three titles before graduating last May. This year, the spotlight on the center mat at the Wells Fargo Arena will shine on Mallory Leisure when the State Meet pageantry begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15.
Mallory, the younger sister of Ryan, who now wrestles at Iowa State University, has been chosen by the Iowa State High School Athletic Association to sing the National Anthem at the opening session of the tournament. The honor is a bit of an encore for Mallory, who last year sang the anthem at the start of the State Wrestling Dual Meet.
“I love to sing and I love the environment (at State wrestling), so I’m excited to be doing it,” she said. “I’ll be a little nervous, but wrestling has always been part of my family and I’ve been around wrestlers my whole life. I have been going to the State meet for years. It’s not a scary place for me.”