Leshuk beats Lisbon’s Nielsen to grab East-West tourney title

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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2020 6:00 am

Luke Leshuk likely secured the No. 1 overall seed at 126 pounds heading into North Dakota’s wrestling postseason.

The Hillsboro-Central Valley senior defeated Lisbon’s Caleb Nielsen in a 5-0 decision for his second straight East-West Tournament championship Saturday in New Salem, N.D.

It was Leshuk’s fourth win over Nielsen this season as the Burros wrestlers prepare for this weekend’s Region 2 dual tournament in Carrington, N.D.

“Luke’s got a goal, and he wants it and he’s not going to let anyone stop him,” said Trace Bakke, H-CV co-head wrestling coach. “He knows how to get to the big match, and in those big matches, he’s winning them.”

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