Wrestlers earn pin wins _lowres

Photo provided by Rip Rittell -- The Zachary High School Bronco wrestling team recognized its seven seniors Jan. 21 on Senior Night 2015 at the Live Oak Dual Meet. Seniors honored, from left, are David O'Neal, Murphy Miller, Nick Wallis, Chris London, Brice Ortego, Deontre Jackson and Arrington Blanchard.

The Zachary Bronco wrestling team is set to wrap another season on the mat, but for the team’s seven seniors, it means the end of their high school wrestling careers ... but not before going out with a bang.

At the Live Oak Dual Meet Jan. 21 in Zachary, the Broncos won, but it was the seniors who came away with personal victories.

“Something pretty amazing happened that night,” said head coach Mark Moreau. “Not only did we win the upset over Live Oak — a team we had lost to on two other occasions this season — but all seven seniors pinned their Live Oak Eagle opponents.”

Two seniors, Arrington Blanchard and Deontre Jackson, are first-year wrestlers and competed in junior varsity matches, but each earned a pin.

The remaining five seniors — Chris London, Murphy Miller, David O’Neal, Brice Ortego and Nick Wallis — pinned their opponents in varsity matches, Moreau said.

The Broncos followed the Live Oak upset with a strong fourth-place finish at the Live Oak Duals tournament on Jan. 24 at Live Oak.

While the Broncos gave up three weight classes and valuable forfeit points during the tournament, they still won their pool by defeating Archbishop Shaw, St. Michael and Parkway on the way to the Bracket 1 semifinals.

Ortego won a match against Brother Martin’s Harrison Donnell, and Zachary earned three wins with seniors Jackson and Miller on the mat and underclassman Sam Johnson.

In three weeks, the Broncos finish the season at the state championships in Kenner, slated Feb. 20-21.