12 parish wrestlers reach semifinals in state tournament

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A dozen Bossier Parish wrestlers advanced to the semifinals on the first day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Tournament Friday at the CenturyLink Center.

Saturday’s first session, which features the semifinals, gets underway at 8 a.m. The championship round session begins at 6:30 p.m.

Four Airline wrestlers advanced in Division I — No. 1 seed Javarious “JuJu” Jones (126 pounds), No. 3 Joshua Partin (132), No. 4 Tony Lococo (145) and No. 1 Christian Walden (160).

Walden, who won both of his matches by fall, took the 152-pound class title last year. He faces No. 4 Brad Guidry of Brother Martin in the semifinals. Jones, who also had little trouble winning his first two matches, meets No. 5 Beau Bush of Holy Cross.

Partin and Lococo will be looking for upsets.

Partin, who edged Landon Wheat of East Ascension 8-7 in the quarterfinals, faces No. 2 Seth Gambill of Brother Martin. Lococo, who pinned both his opponents Friday, meets top-seeded Jake Rando of Holy Cross.

Four Parkway and three Haughton wrestlers advanced in Division II.

Parkway’s semifinalists are No. 4 Garrett Strozier (113), No. 4 Trevor Tamburo (120), No. 5 Dalton Driggers (138) and No. 1 Nathan Pitts (152).

Pitts, who was the 145-pound champ last year, faces No. 4 Trevor Gunter of Carencro. Pitts needed a total of 2:46 to pin his two opponents Friday.

Strozier, who pinned Alex Slaydon of Carencro in the quarterfinals, wrestles top-seeded Cooper Simon of Rayne. Tamburo, who won a 6-2 decision over Brett Scheneider of Teurlings Catholic in the quarterfinals, meets No. 1 Blake Mateu of Rummel.

Driggers upset No. 4 seed Eddie Williams of Caddo Magnet by fall in 3 minutes, 21 seconds in the quarterfinals. He faces top-seeded Brock Bonin of Teurlings Catholic.

Haughton’s semifinalists are No. 3 Dylan Holliday (120), No. 3 Daniel Monroe (195) and No. 2 Johnny Vanveckhoven (220).

Holliday, who pinned two opponents in a combined 3:30, wrestles No. 2 Morgan Manuel of Rayne. Monroe, who defeated No. 6 Justin Adams of Archbishop Shaw in the quarterfinals, takes on Austin Gary of Carencro.

Benton’s Chandler Beach (220), the No. 7 seed, reached the Division II 220 semifinals. Bossier Parish is guaranteed at least one finalist because Beach faces Vanveckhoven Saturday morning.

Beach upset No. 3 seed Anthony Ingram of Live Oak in the quarterfinals, pinning him in 2:36. Vanveckhoven pinned his first opponent in 49 seconds and his second in 1:42.

Airline is tied for seventh with St. Amant in Division I with 95 points. Seventeen-time champion Brother Martin leads with 171.5. Jesuit is second with 148.

Parkway is sixth in Division II with 108.5 points and Haughton is 12th with 62. Teurlings Catholic leads with 152. Archbishop Rummel is second with 142.5.

DeLaSalle leads Division III with 127 points. North Vermilion is second with 107.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com