It’s not the same as a championship win as the program captured in 2014, but a sixth-place finish in the City Wrestling Class was no reason for the Brusly Panthers to hold their heads down, coach Jimmy Bible said.
Perennial leader Catholic led the pack with 250 points for the win, while the much-improved East Ascension program notched a solid second-place finish with 238. St. Amant tallied 181 points for third, Live Oak was fourth (168) and Zachary fifth (158). Dutchtown, St. Michael, Episcopal and McKinley rounded out the top 10. McKinley, Baton Rouge High, Southern Lab, Central, Dunham, Denham Springs and Walker comprised the lower half of the 20-team event.
“Considering the majority of our team is freshman and sophomore, it’s not bad,” Bible said. “We could’ve wrestled better, lost a few matches we shouldn’t have lost to a few kids we beat already, but it wasn’t that bad.
“The mental aspect is where we need to work” said Bible, whose Panthers will head to Bossier City on Feb. 16 for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Meet. “It’s all about the mental aspect from here, so hopefully we’ll put our best forward, wrestle and come out with a good showing.”
Senior Calep Balcuns drew the biggest showing for the Panters with a runner-up showing in the 132-lb. classification pinfall loss to Trent Mahoney of East Ascension at the 3:06 mark.
Kaul Kayser took fourth in the 113-lb. division after he lost by pinfall to Devin Deranger of East Ascension at the 2:53 mark.
Matthew Anderson drew a fourth-place finish in the 138-lb. category on a 9-7 finish, while
Tyler Ervin of East Ascension won on a 5-2 decision over Brusly senior Brandon Young in the 182-lb. weight class.