BOSSIER CITY — The final day of the LHSAA state wrestling championships saw the leaders from Day 1 — Brother Martin in Division I, Teurlings Catholic in Division II and De La Salle in Division III — hold on to win team titles
A fierce battle for the Division II crown highlighed the competition Saturday at CenturyLink Center.
Brother Martin ran away with the Division I title, racking up 3041/2 total points, while Jesuit (268) and Holy Cross (2281/2) had strong showings to finish second and third. This is the fifth consecutive team title for the Crusaders.
Meanwhile, in Division II, Teurlings Catholic held off a strong challenge from Live Oak, topping them 2611/2-237. Rummel (220.0) took third place. The Rebels have now won five of the last six state championships.
De La Salle (214.5 points) toppled traditional power Brusly (194.5) and North Vermilion (190.0) in Division III to take its first state title in 45 years.
Individually, Guy Patron Jr. of Jesuit (Division I), Brock Bonin of Teurlings Catholic (Division II) and Gavin Christ of Basile (Division III) were named the Outstanding Wrestlers for their divisions.
Brother Martin put seven wrestlers in the finals, with four bringing home state titles. Among the individual state champions were Luke Cotton, the top seed at 106 pounds; defending state champ Steven Shields at 120; Pierce Williams at 170; and Jacob Clapp at 220.
“This one is special because we had a great group of seniors last year, but this year, a different set of seniors really stepped up for us,” Brother Martin coach Robert Dauterive said. “We wrestled about as good as we could have, and I’m very proud of this performance.”
Jesuit claimed three state titles. Eli Larrivierre won the 126-pound class while Patron claimed the 195-pound title and Corey Dublin took the 285-pound championship.
Four Holy Cross wrestlers qualified for the finals, and all four claimed state titles. Top seed Cole Clement (132 pounds), defending champion Jake Rando (145), top seed Joey Foret (152), and Matthew Putnam (182) took titles.
Other individual champions in Division I were Cole Hauser of St. Paul’s (113 pounds), Nicholas Lirette of Hahnville (138), and Christian Walden of Airline (160).
Teurlings finished with three champions after placing four in the finals. Bonin (138 pounds), Trey Hebert (160) and Kynan Sonnier (195) all won their weight classes.
“They’re all special,” said Teurlings coach Kent Masson, whose Rebels have won three straight titles. “Live Oak and Rummel, we knew they were going to be tough, but these kids performed all weekend.”
Live Oak entered the finals with just three competitors still alive, but were buoyed by the victories of Ean Hill (126 pounds) and Ethan Alphonso (132).
Rummel picked up three individual titles. Blake Mateu (120 pounds), Josh Ramirez (170) and Robert Hudgins (220) took titles for the Raiders.
Other Division II individual state champions were Austin Gouedy of Central (106 pounds), Garrett Strozier of Parkway (113), Andrew Aucoin of Sam Houston (145), Nathan Pitts of Parkway (152), Cameron Bertot of Shaw (182) and Matthew Blair of Shaw (285).
Despite winning Division III, De La Salle had no individual champions. Coach Rod Cusachs was humbled by his team’s rapid rise, growing from a team with just one wrestler four years ago.
“This has been an amazing run,” said Cusachs, whose Cavaliers snared the first state championship in any sport for De La Salle since 1994. “Starting from where we did and to grow this program to a state title is going to take some time to sink in.”
Brusly had five wrestlers reach the finals, winning three state titles. Austin Frank (138 pounds), Richard Hunter (160), and Owen Mabile (170) picked up individual championships for the Panthers.
North Vermilion only put three wrestlers in the finals, but all three won state championships. Gavin Becker won the 113-pound class, Rhett Maturin took the 132-pound title, and Brennan Landry grabbed the 145-pound crown.
Other state champions in Division III were Brenan Lang of Basile (106 pounds), Christ (120), Adam Gaspard of Kaplan (126), Brandon Turner of South Plaquemines (152), Ellis Herring of Episcopal (182), Lane Joubert of Basile (195), Mason Rabel of Dunham (220), and Jonathan Wilson of South Plaquemines (285).