The Oxford High junior returns to this weekend’s state tournament as the only Calhoun County wrestler defending a championship. He won the Class 6A 152-pound weight class last year.
Lee enters this year’s state tournament wrestling in the 195-pound weight class. He said the jump in weight class came mostly through adding muscle.
Lee said he worked out three times daily during the summer. During football season, he was lifting a maximum of 350 pounds on the bench press and 495 on squats.
When he isn’t on the mat, Lee said he likes to run, hang out with his girlfriend and, of course, hit the books.
After high school, Lee said he plans to attend Alabama, but there are some collegiate wrestling programs contacting him, which could change his college plans. He plans to major in biomedical engineering, finish his degree at UAB, and eventually work in medical field.
Recently, Lee took a few minutes before wrestling practice to talk to Anniston Star sports writer Brandon Miller and pin 10 questions:
Question: How long have you been wrestling?
Answer: This is like my 10th year wrestling. I enjoy it. My grandfather coached wrestling at Benjamin Russell, and my uncle wrestled, too. We’re just kind of a wrestling program, and I just kept it going, I guess.
Q: What’s it like to be in a wrestling family?
A: Wrestling is all it’s about, 24/7. That’s all it is in the Lee family.
Q: You’re wrestling all the time year-round. How do you not get burnt out?
A: I just love it. I love the mental aspect of it and how physical it is. There’s nothing else like it.
Q: During the football season, it looked like there were special packages for you to play at fullback. What was your job at those times?
A: I’d usually go out for a package like buck sweep when I’d block down for Roc Thomas, and he’d score touchdowns like he always does. That’s pretty much the package I was in.
Q: You jumped up several weight classes since last year, what’s it like to wrestle in such a bigger class?
A: It’s definitely different wrestling people that are so much bigger than what you’ve been used to and carrying that different weight, but I’ve gotten used to it and accustomed to it.
Q: What’s something that you’d like to try that you haven’t?
A: Skydiving. It’d be an adrenaline rush and I think it’d be fun.
Q: What’s your favorite sports memory?
A: I’d have to say winning state. There’s nothing like it. I don’t know how to explain it. You have to experience it to know what it’s like. Putting nine years of work into one moment, it feels pretty good.
Q: A lot of wrestlers listen to music before matches. What do you listen to?
A: Nothing. I just try to focus and think about what I’m about to do. I’ve listened to music before, but when I did I listened to slow stuff to try to calm me down.
Q: What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
A: I don’t know — I’m a pretty open guy. I don’t know if there is anything people don’t know. I don’t really have any secrets.
Q: What’s the best thing about Oxford High?
A: I like the community, to be honest. I like how close I am to people in Oxford. I don’t think you can really have that anywhere else.