It has been a different kind of year for the Brusly wrestling team.
The Panthers don’t have a full lineup, and they’re inexperienced in some weight classes. But the objectives are clear going into the Brusly Invitational on Saturday.
“I just want to see the best effort possible,” Brusly coach Jimmy Bible said. “I want to see them (Brusly wrestlers) get after it this weekend and see where that takes us.”
The 18-team Brusly Invitational begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Brusly gym and once again will help showcase some of the state’s top Division III teams and individuals.
The Brusly tourney is part of a busy Saturday that also includes the LSU High School Classic indoor track meet and Woodlawn Invitational powerlifting tournament.
Also of note: the LHSAA will release its ruling/sanctions after football sportsmanship hearings for Amite High and Bogalusa High.
Defending Division III champion Brusly is again among the teams to watch along with De La Salle and North Vermilion. Evangel Christian and Ouachita Christian top the list of north Louisiana teams set to compete.
Bible said the final round is set for 5 p.m. The Panthers’ Austin Franklin (132 pounds) and Richard Hunter (160 pounds) are among the competitors to watch. Dunham’s Grant Rabel (182 pounds) also is a defending state champion.
Field events and running events are supposed to start at 11 a.m. at LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House in the first indoor meet for 2016.
Teams and individuals from Louisiana and other states are scheduled to compete. John Curtis’ Devyn Keith (800 meters, 1,600), Southern Lab’s Tenoa Alex (60 hurdles), Catholic’s Kam Cummings (60 hurdles), Catholic’s Jeffrey Kelley (3,200), St. Thomas Aquinas’ Cameron Dantlzer (jumps) and Lafayette’s Armand Duplantis (pole vault) are among the top boys competitors entered.
First Baptist Christian’s Gabrielle Jennings (800) and Brusly’s Taylor Shaw (60 meters) help lead the girls competitors.
The first Woodlawn Invitational powerlifting meet is set for Saturday at the school.
WHS coach Steve Baronich said the meet will include about 200 competitors from the Baton Rouge area and will begin at 9 a.m. in the WHS gym. Admission is $7 for adults. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.
The LHSAA will release the ruling/sanctions for the separate sportsmanship hearings held for Bogalusa and Amite at some point Saturday, according to an LHSAA news release.
Both hearings concerned an altercation that took place during a Class 3A quarterfinal football playoff game. Amite won the game but was removed from the playoffs after the game, in which players and fans were reportedly involved in an incident that forced game officials to halt the game with about two minutes remaining.
Bogalusa’s hearing was last month. Amite’s hearing was Thursday. The schools have 15 days to appeal any sanctions.