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Four parish wrestlers win state titles

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Russell Hedges

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Four Bossier Parish wrestlers won titles in the LHSAA State Tournament Saturday at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner.

Bossier’s Jalen Oliver won his second straight title, taking the Division II 182-pound class in dominating fashion.

Oliver, the No. 1 seed, pinned his first two opponents in 1:17 and 1:29, respectively. He then pinned No. 2 seed Brody Bonura of Live Oak in 3:10 in the title match.

The parish’s other state champions also came in Division II — Parkway’s Zac Funderburk (145), Benton’s Andre’ Dean II (152) and Benton’s Jordan White (160).

Dean, the No. 1 seed, came from behind to defeat No. 2 Avery Jones of Bossier 12-9 in the title match. Dean, who was a runner-up last year, and Jones both won three matches to reach the final.

Funderburk, the No. 2 seed, upset No. 1 Bryce Ballas of Archbishop Shaw 4-2 in a tense final. Funderburk held a 3-2 lead for much of the match and then picked up his final point near the end,

Funderburk won two matches by fall to reach the semifinals where he defeated Ryan Huffy of Central-Baton Rouge 7-4.

White, the No. 2 seed, upset No.1 Kynan Sonnier with a pin at the 5:37 mark. White got a bye in the first round and a forfeit in the second. After winning his quarterfinal match in 31 seconds, he scored a narrow 6-5 win over Huntington’s The’Anthony Taylor in the semifinals.

Parkway’s Alex Simmaly, Jason Pitts and Hunter Huckaby, all No. 2 seeds, were state runners-up. Simmaly lost to top-seeded Jacob Chenevert of Live Oak by fall in the 113-pound finals. Pitts lost to No. 1 Brock Bonin of Live Oak by a 17-2 technical fall in the 120-pound finals.

Robert Summerlin/Special to The Press-Tribune Bossier's Jaslen Oliver won the 182-pound state championship for the second straight year.
Robert Summerlin/Special to The Press-Tribune
Bossier’s Jaslen Oliver won the 182-pound state championship for the second straight year.

Huckaby fell to No. 1 Seth Bosange of Live Oak by fall in the 138-pound finals.

Haughton’s Zach Denton defeated Parkway’s Garrett Strozier 10-6 for third in the 106-pound class. Parkway’s Nathan Pitts defeated Pearl River’s Timothy Hillard for third in the 132-pound class.

Benton’s Jeffrey Lewis finished third in the 145-pound class with an 8-1 decision over Michael Ensminger of St. Michael. Benton’s Austin Wilson was fourth in the 182-pound class.

Parkway’s Ryan Huckaby pinned Peyton Matherne of Shaw in the 126-pound fifth-place match.

Airline freshman Christian Walden finished third in the Division I 126-pound class with a 10-0 victory over Matthew Ashford of East Ascension. Walden lost to eventual champion Connor Stampley of Comeaux in the semifinals.

Airline senior Harrison Hooper captured third in the 170-pound class with an 8-4 victory over Frankie Arena of Mandeville. Hooper, who was seeded seventh, lost to No. 2 seed Brice Duhe of Holy Cross 12-0 in the quarterfinals.

Airline’s Keegan Gilligan was sixth in the 182-pound class.

Benton’s Laytin “Obie” Spears finished sixth in the Division II 170-pound class. Haughton’s Brandon Tolliver was sixth at 182. Parkway’s Micah Lacy was sixth at 185.

Parkway finished fourth in Division II with 179.5 points. Benton was fifth with 138 and Bossier seventh with 90. Teurlings Catholic won with 261.5.

Regional and parish champ Airline finished 12th in Division I with 91 points. Brother Martin of New Orleans won with 312.5.