5-year-old wrestling sensation nabs national win

6:52 PM, May 30, 2012   |    comments
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OAKDALE, Minn. - At just five-years-old and 40 pounds, Brandon Lee is taking the wrestling world by storm.

He became a state champion earlier this month and he's now an Ironman Folkstyle National Wrestling Champ.

Shony Lee, Brandon's dad, said when he signed his son up for the competition he couldn't register him because he was so young. Shony spoke with organizers who allowed Brandon to register and wrestle kids who were older than him.

Brandon beat out six, seven and eight-year-olds to take home first place for the 40 pound weight class and took second in the 45 pound weight class.

"Brandon is completely fearless. He shows no fear at all. He goes in there with full confidence," Shony said.

That confidence doesn't come easy. Off the mat Brandon is extremely shy. But wrestling has taught him to fight through it.

"Not giving up and not crying," Brandon said.

Shony said he's noticed the skills roll off the mat and into the classroom. Brandon is a kindergartner at Eagle Point Elementary in Oakdale.

"His teacher says he did a 180 and he's more assertive, takes more initiative to be involved with classroom activities," Shony said.

Brandon wants to compete in the Olympics someday. The Olympics are a few years out for him but his medals are a good start. So far Brandon has competed in 84 matches and has lost just seven of them.

He said one of his secrets to winning is his big sister, Isabelle. "She helps me. She yells out to help me pin the guy," Brandon said.

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