High school wrestling: Parkway’s Keeler and Garcia, Airline’s Perry advance to championship matches in state tournament

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Parkway’s Joshua Keeler and Kaleb Garcia and Airline’s Ernie Perry III have advanced to the finals in their respective Division I weight classes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Wrestling State Tournament Saturday at the CenturyLink Center.

Keeler, the No. 1 seed, pinned Sulphur’s Trent Smith in 1 minute, 17 seconds in the 126-pound semifinals. He will face No. 2 seed Ethan Castex of Brother Martin in the finals.

Garcia, the No. 3 seed, won a 13-1 major decision over No. 6 Joshua Vitto of Barbe in the 182-pound semifinals. He will face No. 1 seed Jarin Meyer of Baton Rouge High in the finals.

Perry, the No. 1 seed, defeated Brandon Gainy 8-3 in the 106-pound semifinals. He will face No. 2 Jacob Houser of St. Paul’s for the title.

The final session of the state tournament, which features all championship matches, starts at 5 p.m.

Six other wrestlers from parish wrestlers lost in the semifinals.

Parkway’s Jacob Chittom, the No. 5 seed, lost to No. 1 Peyton Ward of  St. Paul’s in 2:17 in the 152-pound class.

Haughton’s Louis Lindsey, the No. 2 seed, fell to No. 6 Carter Burgess of Archbishop Rummel by fall in 5:34 in the Division II 120-pound class.

Haughton’s Justin Nixon, the No. 3 seed, lost a heartbreaker to No. 2 Donovan Kaufman of Archbishop Rummel 13-11 (sudden victory-1) in the Division II 195-pound class.

Benton’s Trey Winkler, the No. 4 seed, fell to No. 1 Dylan Olivier of North DeSoto by fall in 4:36 in the Division II 195-pound class.

Benton’s Preston Fisher, the No. 4 seed, fell to No. 1 Miles Doucet of Rayne by fall in 5:52 in the Division II 220-pound class.

Bossier’s Ja’cory Tyler, the No. 3 seed, lost a 6-1 decision to No. 2 David Diecidue of Archbishop Hannan in the Division III 126-pound class.

As of early Saturday afternoon with consolation matches ongoing, Parkway was fifth in Division I with 146 points. St. Paul’s led with 228.5.

Haughton was ninth in Division II and Benton was 13th. Bossier was 12th in Division III.