Comeaux wrestling coach Keith Bergeron acknowledges that four-time defending state champion Brother Martin is a good bet to continue its recent stretch of supremacy atop the Division I field.
Beyond that, though, there could be a mad scramble for any of the spots ranging from second through seventh place, with the Spartans expected to be squarely in the mix.
“We’re all going to be battling,” Bergeron said. “This is probably been one of the more interesting years. Usually you know who the top two or three schools are, and everybody else is kind of jockeying around. This year there’s a number of schools with a chance to finish really high.”
The LHSAA’s state wrestling tournament begins Friday at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City. Weigh-ins start at 7 a.m., with the event to follow at 9 a.m.
Comeaux’s case for an upper-level finish is a strong one.
The Spartans have 11 wrestlers seeded among the top eight in 14 weight divisions led by a trio of No. 3 seeds: Kole Miller (49-3) at 170 pounds, Evan Richards (44-11) at 145 and Dylan Ames (42-15) at 113.
“We feel very good overall going in,” Bergeron said. “This is the most seeds we’ve had going into state. But it’s not necessarily where you go in, but where you finish and that’s what we’ve been preaching to the kids.”
Jake Verrett (34-14) is seeded fourth at 132, while Seth Oubre (39-10) and Hunter Fitch (42-11) are seeded fifth at 120 and 138 pounds.
The Spartans also have seeded wrestlers in Blake Menard (sixth, 106), Dyllon Bernard (seventh, 126), Pierce Richard (eighth, 152), Kasey Toups (seventh, 160) and Shane Vallot (eighth, 285).
“This is probably one of our more veteran teams,” Bergeron said. “We have a lot of seniors in our lineup that have been wrestling varsity since they were sophomores, and that’s a big contributor. We’ve wrestled well this year, and they’re used to being in those battles and they’re battled tested.”
If Brother Martin represents the mountain teams are trying to climb, Comeaux is among a group of teams in pursuit along with St. Paul’s, Catholic-Baton Rouge, St. Amant, Holy Cross, Jesuit and Airline.
Lafayette High’s Rodrigo Diaz is the Acadiana area’s lone top-seeded wrestler in the 220-pound division.
Comeaux has positioned itself to improve on last year’s eighth-place finish, going 18-6 during dual meet action this season.
The Spartans have also collected plenty of team trophies along the way with championships at the Lafayette Parish tournament, Ken Cole Invitational, District 3-5A event and Jacob McMillan tournament at Lafayette High.
“They’ve laid the groundwork during the year and now they’ve got to finish strong,” Bergeron said. “We’ve talked about getting better and better every week, and hopefully we’ll improve from where we’ve been. We felt we’ve been peaking the last few weeks.”