Lakota West Firebirds

    Matt McIntire

    Lakota West Class of 2002: Wrestling

    Matt won two state championships, one of only two Lakota wrestlers to do
    so. He also placed in his other two seasons gaining a second-place finish
    as a sophomore and a sixth-place finish as a freshman. He was the first
    Lakota wrestler to place in four State meets and is still one of only two
    to do so.

    He concluded his high school wrestling career by winning the National
    140-pound Championship. En route to the U.S. Championship, he beat four
    other wrestlers who had won a cumulative ten state championships. His
    semifinal win came over the four-time Michigan State champion who that day
    suffered his first and only defeat in 220 bouts.

    His domination of Greater Miami Conference opponents was complete. In four
    league meets, he won four GMC championships, something no other Lakota
    athlete had been able to accomplish during the schools’ twenty-two year
    membership in the conference. At the time of his
    graduation, he held the Lakota all-time win record with 163 victories, 43
    more than the previous record holder. While gaining these wins he had only
    sustained six losses.

    Matt was also the lead in the school musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

    Matt earned a wrestling scholarship to Indiana University. He is a special
    educator in the Anderson High School.

    Matt is a member of the Lakota Hall of Fame and the Butler County Hall of

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