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Athlete of the Week Brady Butler

March 16. 2013 11:40PM
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School: Lake-Lehman

Grade: Junior

Sport: Wrestling

Weight Class: 182 pounds

All in the family: Butler, 17, is the son of Lee and Amy Butler of Noxen.

Stats: Butler, who hasn't lost since Jan. 4, raised his season record to 23-2 by recording two pins, a forfeit and a decision in his 4-0 week.

A new star is born: Butler defeated two conference champions in a pair of close victories to help Lehman remain unbeaten in the WVC Division II, took a forfeit in a Friday victory over Wyoming Area, then capped off his perfect week with a fourth victory – by fall – Saturday.

Butler, who finished second at the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament earlier this month, avenged his championship loss in that tournament by slipping past conference champ Connor Martinez of Dallas, 14-7 in Lehman's 31-28 victory Monday.

Two days later, Butler moved up to the 195-pound class and pinned Tunkhannock's 220-pound conference champ Andrew Muckin in 2:48 to lift Lehman to a 36-32 victory in a battle of the division's last two unbeatens.

And Butler capped it all off with a pin against Hanover Area on Saturday, putting the 5-0 Black Knights a win away from securing a division championship.

Coach's corner: He is a quiet leader, goes about his business without a lot of fanfare. Brady has a great work ethic. He's a hard-nosed, very hard-working kid, Lehman coach Tom Williams said. In the match with Dallas, we had two options of competitors we could put him against. He really wanted a rematch with Martinez. He leads by example.

Did you know?: Butler, also a linebacker and running back on the Lehman football team, gave up baseball in junior high school to concentrate on competing in wrestling and football.

Which does he like better?

It all depends on the season, Butler said.

From his view: Earlier in the season, I bumped up to 220 (pounds), Butler said. I like doing it for the team. I like facing better competition. It feels good to pull out the big wins for the team.

Week in Review: Mia Hopkins of Pittston Area scored 32 points in a 69-28 girls basketball victory over Coughlin, and among them was her career 1,500th. Collin Vest of Wyoming Valley West's swimming and diving team set a Ray Wills Invitational record by accumulating 505.80 points in dives.

Tunkhannock girls swimmer Kandis Venn joined the career 1,000-point club by winning in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke against Elk Lake.

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