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Senior Standout: Helena High's Landon Bailey

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For Helena High's Landon Bailey, he entered this season fully aware of just how difficult it would be to defend his 126 pound state championship he earned in 2014. That said, he doesn't see a whole lot of difference this year.

"You've got more pressure on you," said Bailey. "You're kind of the talk here in Helena, but it's definitely not much different. It's just hard work and tournaments are tough."

Landon has worked hard to get where he was at. His freshman year Landon entered the season with championship expectations, but things didn't quite work out that way. And he's used that year to motivate him to be the wrestler he is today.

"He struggled a lot with with his weight and things like that," said Bengals head coach John Burke. "It's just cool to see how much he's grown from that whole entire experience."

"We always give him a tough time because we always thought he'd win state his freshman year and his sophomore year, but he ended up getting third," said Bengals junior wrestler Brodie Long. "And we'd always call him the 'Bronze Legend.'"

Obviously Landon's teammates had a good time with him about his third place finishes. That may be part of why he attributes his success on the mat to his positive outlook on things, knowing that in life, as well as on the mat, a positive attitude can go a long way.

"Probably one of the biggest things like I said is staying positive," said Bailey. "It keeps you excited to go to the tournaments and see all your friends, and helps everything out in the end."

"Always has his head up," said Long. "He's always positive, never looking down. "Always going out with the attitude that he's going to win. Never thinks he's going to lose."

It's easy to see why Landon is a state champion between his positive attitude and his talent on the mat. After graduation he's looking to wrestle collegiately, but he's not sure where just yet.

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