Heading into the last leg of the LHSAA state wrestling meet Saturday, northwest Louisiana was guaranteed at least one individual state champion with Benton’s Andre Dean II and Bossier’s Avery Jones wrestling for the Division II 152-pound title.
A total of seven local wrestlers left the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner with championships.
Dean edged Jones in a 12-9 decision while Byrd’s Quin Gilliam (Division I 220), Bossier’s Jalen Oliver (Division II 182), Benton’s Jordan White (Division II 160) Parkway’s Zac Funderburk (Division II 145), Evangel’s Logan Williams (Division III 285) and Lakeside’s Luke Griffith (Division III 220) won titles.
Gilliam topped Destrehan’s Rae Juan Marbley with a fall at the 5:36 mark. Oliver knocked off Live Oak’s Brody Bonura for his second consecutive individual title, this one in Division II while the previous title came in Division III.
Funderburk won in a 4-2 decision over Shaw’s Bryce Ballas. White pinned Teurling Catholic’s Kynan Sonnier at the 5:37 mark.
After reaching the championship match this past season, Evangel’s Logan Williams took home a title with with a 3-1 decision over Dunham’s Kirk Wilson.
Griffith pinned North Vermillion’s Blake Bernard to finish off the area’s titles.
A handful of locals advanced all the way through the brackets only to lose in the final match. Including Bossier’s Jones, five wrestlers claimed runner-up honors.
Three Parkway wrestlers – Alex Simmaly (113), Jason Pitts (120) and Hunter Huckaby (138) – reached the finals.
Evangel’s Benjamin Kirkikis is a runner-up for a second consecutive season.
Airline finished 12th overall in Division I with Christian Walden (third in 126), Harrison Hooper (3rd in 170), Keegan Gilligan (6th in 182) and Javarious Jones (6th in 113) finishing in the top six.
Byrd finished 19th as Kalik Battle added a fourth place in 132.
Parkway had the most local depth, putting eight wrestlers onto the final stand as the Panthers placed 4th overall in Division II. Nathan Pitts (132) placed third, Garrett Strozier (106) placed fourth and Ryan Huckaby (126) and Micah Lacy (285) finished fifth in addition to their championship and runner-up wrestlers.
Benton placed fifth as a team with Jeffrey Lewis (138) placing third, Austin Wilson (195) finishing fourth and Laytin Spears (170) was sixth.
Bossier’s Kenderick Washington grabbed sixth in 285, helping put the Bearkats into seventh overall.
Huntington’s The’Anthony Taylor (160) had a fifth-place finish to help the Raiders place 15th. Haughton placed 16th with Zack Denton (106) placing third and Brandon Tolliver (182) finishing sixth.
North DeSoto, the No. 19 team, added a fifth-place finish in the 113 with Chase Bates while Northwood finished 23rd.
In Division III, Lakeside’s John Watson (120) placed fourth while teammate Cameron Corley (138) came in sixth. Lakeside finished 9th as a team.
Evangel had two sixth-place finishers with Bradley Wright (120) Roderick Ward (132) to help the Eagles finish 10th.
Doyline’s Brittany Bates (106) reached the top six, placing fifth. The Panthers placed 15th.
Loyola’s Armand Zachary (106) placed third and Alonzo Zachary (145) finished sixth. The Flyers finished 17th overall.
Calvary’s Cole Bedgood (138) placed fourth to help the Cavaliers finish 20th.
Four win indoor titles
Four area athletes brought home individual state titles at the LHSAA Indoor Track and Field meet held at LSU on Saturday.
Parkway’s Allison Ringle won another title in the 1,600 meter, and Airline’s Jack Wilkes came home with an 800-meter win. Wilkes time of 1:56.13 the third best indoors time in state history and is a school record.
Fair Park’s Jerome Wynn took the triple jump crown. Ruston’s Quanese Jones captured the high jump title.
A full list of times and distances weren’t immediately available on the LHSAA website.