High school wrestling: Seven parish wrestlers reach title matches at state tournament


Seven Bossier Parish wrestlers will wrestle for state championships at the CenturyLink Center on Saturday night.

The final session of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament starts at 6:30 p.m.

Airline’s Christian Walden and Matt Salinas won Division I semifinal matches earlier Saturday.

Walden won a 17-5 major decision over St. Amant’s Hunter Hawkins in the 160-pound weight class. Salinas defeated Holy Cross’ Spencer Rays 5-2 in the 195-pound division.

Walden, the No. 1 seed, will be looking for this third straight state title when he wrestles No. 2 William Rosevally of New Orleans Jesuit in the finals.

Salinas, the No. 2 seed, meets No. 1 Trevon Honor of Hahnville in the finals

Three Parkway wrestlers won Division II semifinal matches.

Trey Fontenot, the No. 4 seed, upset top-seeded Morgan Manuel of Rayne in the ultimate tiebreaker 8-6 in the 128-pound division. He faces No. 2 seed Mason Middleton for the title.

Trevor Tamburo defeated Benton’s Haydon Shankle 9-3 in the 132-pound class. Driggers edged North DeSoto’s Cody Hickman 6-5 in the 160-pound division.

Tamburo, the No. 1 seed, takes on No. 2 Tyler Fontenot of Central-Baton Rouge for the championship. Driggers, the No. 2 seed, faces No. 4 Martin Garrett of Archbishop Shaw in the finals.

Haughton’s Daniel “DJ” Monroe and Johnny VanVeckhoven also advanced in Division II with semifinal wins.

Monroe pinned Carencro’s Nicholas Norman in 1:42 the 195-pound class. VanVeckhoven, the No. 4 seed, upset top-seeded Miles Santiago of Teurlings Catholic in the 285-pound class with a pin.

Monroe, the No. 2 seed, takes on No. 1 Tyler Carriere of Rayne in the finals. VanVeckhoven faces No. 2 Gabe Duplechain of Carencro for the title.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com