The national spotlight is on two Lakeway Christian Academy wrestlers after being ranked in the top five in their respective weight class by FloWrestling.
Brayden Ivy and Keyveon Roller enter their junior year at LCA as two of the best wrestlers, not only in Tenn. but in the whole nation. With LCA’s wrestling program on the rise, Ivy and Roller are the trendsetters for wrestling at Morristown’s newly developed academy.
LCA head coach Tony DeAngelo has seen these two come a long way and sees the potential they have.
“The commitment and the consistency of both Brayden and Keyveon are what stands out to me,” DeAngelo said. “They come in every day wanting to improve and wanting to learn. You can’t teach that. It has been a pleasure to work with both of these young men. I expect them to be the start of big things here at Lakeway.”
Ivy (126 lbs.) comes into his junior year at the No. 2 spot in FloWrestling’s national ranking in his weight class. He has seen himself improve each year, especially in recent months with coaching from DeAngelo.
“I have seen a lot of improvement in myself with the work I have done over the past few months,” Ivy said. “Especially with traveling to the best practice rooms and tournaments around the country. Also, in the past couple of months, I would say I had excelled the most with the coaching opportunity that I’ve had with Coach DeAngelo.”
Ivy holds an 83-11 record in his high school wrestling career with two more years to go.
With collegiate wrestling programs from the BIG 10, SEC, ACC and other conferences checking Ivy out, there’s much to be excited about for him.
Roller (113 lbs.) enters his junior year coming at the No. 4 spot in FloWrestling’s national rankings in his weight class.
He has dedicated himself to wrestling, so grabbing recognition such as his ranking is a motivation for him to keep improving. Roller has seen himself improve since working with DeAngelo and partnering alongside Ivy.
“It feels good to finally see that all of the work I’ve put into the sport has finally paid off, and it motivates me to keep pushing and to stay dedicated,” Roller said. “My sophomore year I transferred to Lakeway, where I had Coach DeAngelo teaching me and Brayden as my training partner. I feel like I was improving much quicker and was able to compete at a much higher level.”
Roller is 53-6 in his high school career with top notch collegiate programs looking at him, too.