High school wrestling: Airline wins St. Michael tournament


he Airline Vikings won the St. Michael Warrior Open wrestling meet on Saturday in Baton Rouge.

Peyton Bass and Tucker Almond won individual titles.

Bass pinned all three of his opponents in the 126-pound class, including Luke Romano of Catholic in 2 minutes, 30 seconds in the championship match.

Bass was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler in the lower weight classes.

Almond won the 145-pound class, winning three of his four matches with pins.

In the semifinals, he defeated Canon Hunt of Catholic 11-9 via sudden victory. In the finals, Almond pinned Catholic’s A.J. Sabine in 1:36.
Dakota Brace (113 pounds) and Thomas Barringer (138) finished runner-up in their respective divisions.

Brace pinned his first three opponents before losing to Clayton Hill of Live Oak by fall in 2:42.

Barringer won three matches by fall, tech fall and a 5-4 decision to reach the finals. He lost a 7-3 decision to Michael Gordy of Ouachita Christian in the title match.

Tyler Eckman (125 pounds) and Pierce Peairs (285) posted third-place finishes in their respective divisions.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com