A contender for the Division I wrestling team championship next month, St. Paul’s easily captured the St. Tammany Parish championship Saturday afternoon in front of the home crowd.
Featuring Archbishop Hannan, Mandeville, Pearl River and Covington, the meet also served as the District 6-5A championships in which the Wolves also took home first-place honors.
Fontainebleau finished as the parish and 6-5A runner-ups.
St. Paul’s opened with a dominating 72-6 win over Pearl River in which it won 12 of the 13 matches against the Rebels.
In a round-robin competition featuring five rounds between all the participating teams, St. Paul’s won its second match against Covington 58-21.
Only dropping a pair of matches in their Round 3 against Fontainebleau, St. Paul’s won in dominating fashion against Fontainebleau 61-14.
Equally as dominant in its win over Mandeville, St. Paul’s defeated the Skippers, 66-7. St. Paul’s only dropped a pair of matches against Mandeville.
The Wolves wrapped up the meet with a 78-6 win over Hannan.
Senior Sam Dufour, one of two Wolves wrestlers to go 5-0 on the day, competed in both the 160- and 170-pound class.
“This was a great team win for us,” Dufour said. “For us, it just takes one spark; one spark in one weight class to get us going. We like to try and set the tone early on and get things going.
“You have to give a lot of credit to our younger guys, in particular our younger guys in the lower weight classes. They are starting to really step up and pick up some key wins for us.”
It was a good tune-up for the state meet on Feb. 12-13 at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City.
“We tried to work on specific things in this meet because our eyes are on a bigger prize (state championship). We believe we were one of the best wrestling teams in the state and are continuing to work hard to try and bring a title back to our campus,” Dufour said.
Picking up wins over Mandeville (41-18), Hannan (54-24) and Pearl River (54-12), the Lions were led by Dalton Adams in the 160-pound division, who finished 4-1. His three victories by pinfall were good for second amongst all wrestlers.
“I was pleased with my performance,” Adams said. “I didn’t like losing my first match the way I did, but overall I think I did well and we did well as a team. The biggest thing I think me and my teammates learn from a meet like this is how long it can be. That is just like the state tournament. You have to pace yourself and continue to work hard.
Adams said he’ll continue to work for the state wrestling tournament.
“I know for me I am going to continue to work hard and just try and improve my entire game as the post season and the state meet approaches,” he said.
The meet also featured a female wrestler. Pearl River’s Lilliana Glaze competed in 132 pounds. Glaze won one match via forfeit and was defeated by Harrison Roberts of Hannan and Trey Fautheree by pinfall.
St. Paul’s returns to action Friday when it travels to Baton Rouge to take part in the Louisiana Classic at Baton Rouge Community College.