spent the early weeks of the season figuring out how to do everything better before the start of a match.
Then the Iowa sophomore turned his
focus toward finishing â€" finishing shots, finishing matches, finishing the climb up the 141-pound ladder.Those were LeClere's biggest battles during his
first season as a starter with the Hawkeyes.
The four-time state champion from North Linn struggled with weight management, nutrition and getting started early in the year.He
went 2-2 on Iowa's season-opening road trip to the St. Edward Duals. But then LeClere reeled off a string of 13 victories in 15 matches, winning the Midlands title and starting the Big Ten season with victories against eventual NCAA champion J Jaggers of Ohio State and Penn State's Garrett Scott.
"I've proved I can wrestle with anybody in the country, I've just got to put the finishing touch on a match," LeClere
said in January."I've went out and got early leads, and I've got to continue to attack throughout the match and I'll be fine with anybody."
Perhaps no time was that more apparent than March.LeClere
scored a takedown with three seconds remaining to beat Scott 2-1 in the conference quarterfinals.But three seconds from reaching the Big Ten finals, LeClere
gave up a takedown against Michigan's Kellen Russell that sent the bout into overtime.
Russell eventually won the match and the conference title, while LeClere
went 0-2 at the NCAA Championships.