The Brusly Invitational has always been billed as a showcase for Louisiana’s Division III wrestling programs. That premise takes on a new meaning as the Panthers host their annual meet Saturday.
“The idea is to give everybody an idea of what to expect before state next month,” Brusly coach Jimmy Bible said. “We’ve always had other teams come to keep it from being too much like the state meet.
“But it got so big and took a long time to put on. So this year we limited it to just Division III teams. I’m curious to see how that’s going to work.”
Competition begins at 9 a.m. at the Brusly High gym with competitors from 23 of Louisiana’s 27 Division III teams set to compete. Finals are tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with De La Salle, defending Division III state champion Brusly, North Vermilion, Basile, John Curtis and South Plaquemines among the teams to watch.
Indoor track season also kicks off Saturday with the LSU High School Indoor Classic at the Carl Maddox Field House. Events begin at 11 a.m. for the meet that features in-state and out-of-state competitors.
Bible gives De La Salle the edge in the team competition. Injuries and illness will keep a number of teams, including host Brusly, from fielding a full lineup this weekend. Bible said De La Salle is one of the few teams with a full lineup of entries.
“We’ll be missing three weight classes, but we have five or six guys who are capable of winning their weight classes,” Bible said. “You can still do very well without a full lineup. What teams do in those other weight classes is a factor.”
The list of competitors to watch includes Brusly’s Kendon Lee (132-pound weight class) and Koby Mancuso (160), De La Salle’s Joe Clark (182), Basile’s Raymond Bushnell (120), Centreville Academy’s Brian Arnett (220), John Curtis’ Brendon Wilcox (113) and Dunham’s Kirk Wilson (heavyweight).
LSU Indoor Classic
Field events begin at 11 a.m. at the Maddox Field House with running events to follow at noon. It is one of four indoor meets LSU is scheduled to host over the next six weeks, including the LHSAA Indoor Meet set for Feb. 21.
The meet is open to Louisiana high schools and also features competitors from schools and track club from other states, most notably Texas. Competitors from Mississippi and Florida should also be notable.
Two of the state’s top distance runners, First Baptist Christian’s Gabrielle Jennings (1,600 meters) and John Curtis’ Devyn Keith (800, 1,600) are among the entrants.
Zachary sprinter Janie O’Connor (60 meters), Ascension Catholic’s Stephanie Breaux (1,600) and ACHS’ Zach Capello (3,200) are among the other notable competitors.
Two games postponed
Travel concerns based on weather projections for freezing temperatures forced the postponement of two Friday basketball matchups.
Northeast High’s District 6-2A boys and girls games at Dunham have been moved to Wednesday. The St. Helena Central at McKinley girls game has not yet been rescheduled.