Glenn Gebo got a chance to climb a few more steps this year at the award stand in the Pontchartrain Center.
The De La Salle junior didn’t mind one bit.
After back-to-back sixth- place finishes the past two seasons, Gebo made a giant leap, winning the Division III state championship in the 132-pound weight class Saturday night at the Pontchartrain Center.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it feels good,” Gebo said. “I was hoping I could make the jump, so I just listened to the coach.”
Gebo defeated Matthew Webre of Ouachita Christian in the championship match to help De La Salle to a second-place finish behind perennial power Brusly.
Gebo was one of the three De La Salle wrestlers to make it to the championship round.
Sophomore Raekwon Thomas lost to Brennen Landry of North Vermillion in overtime and sophomore Conrad Wyre lost to Gavin Cortez of Basile.
“Glenn just has hard work and determination,” first-year De La Salle coach Rod Cusachs said. “All three of our finalists work together every day, and they get better. They have great work ethic and bust their butts every day.”
Brusly continued its dominance in the class, winning its fourth consecutive state title and 14th in school history. It was also Brusly’s 11th title in 12 years.
“This is special because we had a limited number of kids on the team,” Brusly coach Jimmy Bible said. “They sacrificed to fill weight classes so we could do as well as we did this weekend. It wasn’t our most impressive showing, but for us to do as well as we did with the number of kids we had is a testament to their toughness and dedication.”
For De La Salle, it was the second consecutive second place finish.
“Last year Brusly ran away with it, but we have closed the gap some,” Cusachs said. “We made it more competitive this year. We hope to close the gap even more next year, and hopefully we can take the next step.”
Matt Adams of Fisher won his second straight title, this time winning the 195-pound weight class. Adams defeated Justice Henson of Calvary Baptist in the title match.
He won the 182-pound weight class last season after winning the 170-pound class as a sophomore.
“It feels great,” Adams said. “I had surgery a few months ago for my ACL, MCL and PCL, so I was nervous but I came in and gave it my all.”