Four parish wrestlers win state titles

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Four Bossier Parish wrestlers, including three from Parkway, won state titles Saturday at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner.

Airline’s Christian Walden and Parkway’s Zac Funderburk, Nathan Pitts and Hunter Huckaby all won.

Walden, a sophomore seeded No. 3, defeated top-seeded Mason Williams of Brother Martin 11-6 in the Division I 145-pound championship match after edging St. Amant’s Clint Brownell in the semifinals 4-2. Walden went 4-0 in the tournament, finishing the season with a 46-2 mark.

Funderburk, the top seed, defeated No. 3 Dakota Hebert in the Division II 152-pound title match. He was leading 4-1 when Hebert had to withdraw because of an injury with 1:09 left in the second period.

Funderburk, who won the Division II 145-pound class last year, defeated Austin Many of Riverdale 12-0 in the semifinals. He finished the season 36-5.

Huckaby, the No. 2 seed, downed No. 4 seed Tim Hillard of Teurlings Catholic by a 12-3 majority decision in the Division II 138-pound title match after defeating Brennan Webb of Live Oak 15-10 in the semifinals. Huckaby finished 26-1.

Pitts, the top seed, edged No. 3 Dante Hebert of Teurlings Catholic 7-6 in the Division II 145-pound title match. Pitts, who finished 35-5, earned three big points late in the third period to break a 4-4 tie. He defeated Perry Juli Hawxhurst of Grace King 10-2 in the semifinals.

Haughton’s Dylan Holliday finished runner-up in the Division II 120-pound class. Holliday, the No. 2 seed, lost a tough 6-4 decision to top seed Daniel Trappey of Carencro in the title match after pinning Mauricio Ballesteros of Grace King in 1 minute, 10 seconds in the semifinals.

The 2015 state tournament was a success overall for Bossier Parish teams.

Parkway finished fourth in Division II with 162.5 points. Teurlings Catholic won with 285.
Airline finished eighth in very tough Division I with 141.5 points. Brother Martin won with 310.

Parkway’s Trevor Tamburo, who was seeded fourth, finished third in the Division II 120-pound class. Benton’s Jordan White, who won a state title last year, finished third in the Division II 170-pound division. Parkway’s Garrett Strozier, the No. 3 seed, took third in the Division II 113-pound class.

Bossier’s Isaiah McKinsey finished third in the Division II 195-pound class.

Parkway’s Matthew Pitts, the fourth seed, took fourth in the Division II 126-pound class. Airline’s Keegan Gilligan (Division I 182), Scott Prouty (Division I 132) and Haughton’s Jonathan McCleskey (Division II 285) also earned fourth-place finishes.

Airline’s Juju Jones (Division I 120) and Tony Lococo (Division I 138) and Benton’s Jordan Myles (Division II 152) were fifth-place finishers.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com