Division I: Matthew Mire, Catholic
It was a memorable senior season for Mire, who competed in the 152-pound weight class for the Bears. A breakout season included winning a City title and placing second in Division I to help Catholic place fourth at state. Mire had a 50-5 record and concluded his career with a 146-30 mark.
Division II: Brody Bonura, Live Oak
All Bonura did was win for the Eagles, who placed third in Division II. He finished with a 64-2 record in the 182-pound weight class and won his second City title and first Division II crown. A two-time All-Metro choice, Bonura’s 195-49 career record with 116 pins is fourth all-time in the Baton Rouge area.
Division III: Koby Mancuso, Brusly
Another year meant there was another state title for both the Panthers and Mancuso, an All-Metro selection at 160 pounds. Mancuso won his second City and Division III state titles to help Brusly win its fourth title in a row. He compiled a 41-3 mark as a senior and had a 154-48 career record with 61 pins.
Coaches of the Year
Division I: Brian Hess, St. Amant
The Gators were undoubtedly the Baton Rouge area’s most improved team. But there was more to Hess’ team than a string of verbal compliments. St. Amant was the Baton Rouge City Championships runner-up, finished 21-8 in dual meets and was 11th at the Division I state tournament.
Division II: Chris Collier, Live Oak
It’s no secret that Collier has built the Eagles into a Baton Rouge power in a short period of time. Questions about whether the LOHS program could stand the test of time were answered again. Collier’s Eagles were 198-13 in dual meets and placed third at the Division II and City tournaments.
Division III: Jimmy Bible, Brusly
For some, the Panthers’ numbers didn’t really add up. Bible’s squad of just 14 wrestlers still won its fourth straight Division III state title, Brusly’s 11th in the past 12 seasons. Brusly advanced competitors to the semifinals in 13 of 14 weight classes at the state meet and took fourth at the City tournament.
Assistant Coach of the Year: Mike Bernard, East Ascension
Bernard played a key role in the Spartans’ development, including coaching three City champions. EAHS also scored 57 points in Division I at the LHSAA tournament.
Austin Gouedy / Central, So.
Put together an impressive sweep by winning City and Division II state titles while compiling a 39-6 record.
Colt Olinde / Live Oak, Sr.
Provided quantity and quality, posting a 61-8 record and was a two-time Division II state champion to go with a City title.
Landon Wheat / East Ascension, Jr.
Helped lead the lower-weights contingent for the Division I Spartans by winning a City title and finishing with a 49-16 record.
Jacob Bernard / East Ascension, Sr.
Ended the season with a 48-5 record that included placing fourth at the Division I state tourney after winning a City title.
Kendon Lee / Brusly, So.
Has won two state titles in two varsity seasons for the Panthers and added a City title while putting together a 43-4 record.
Mitchell Vidrine / Catholic, Sr.
Claimed an individual title at the City tournament and had a 46-12 record to go with a sixth-place finish in Division I.
Sam Johnson / Zachary, Jr.
BR wrestling newcomer made his presence felt thanks to a 47-7 record and a second-place City finish; he was third in Division I.
Thomas Stremlau / Baton Rouge High, Sr.
Had the third-most wins with a 57-12 mark that included placing second at City and fourth in Division I.
Jimmy Do / Baton Rouge High, Sr.
Finished third at the City tourney and was fifth in Division I while helping lead the Bulldogs with a 48-20 record.
Nick Simoneaux /Live Oak, Sr.
Another top competitor for the Eagles had a 51-14 record that included first-place finishes at the City and Division II tourneys.
Kirk Wilson / Dunham, Sr.
Came close to perfection with a 27-1 record while dominating competitors en route to City and Division III individual titles.
106: Jerimiah Johnson, McKinley, So., 38-9; 113: Cameron Carpenter, Catholic, So., 42-18; 120: Dominic Dewey, Catholic, Sr., 23-11; 126: Micah Roby, BRHS, Sr., 56-14; 132: Brennan Webb, Live Oak, Jr., 48-18; 138: Joshua Averette, St. Amant, Sr., 50-9; 145: Clint Brownell, St. Amant, Jr. 46-8; 152: Brandon Cowell, Dutchtown, Sr., 52-4; 160: Jarrett Moss, BRHS, Sr., 46-11; 170: Blaze Olano, Brusly, Jr. 22-7; 182: Tyler Ventress, McKinley, Sr., 30-9; 195: Austin Guedry, East Ascension, Sr., 24-14; 220: K.J. Wilson, Catholic, Jr., 32-7; 285: Aaron Wiltz, Catholic, Sr., 22-10.
Team selected by local coaches