Parish wrestlers earn top-five finishes at state tournament

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com

The parish's top wrestling stars made the trip to Kenner this past weekend to compete in the AllState/State Wrestling Tournament. The event took place in the Pontchartrain Center.

St. Amant, East Ascension and Dutchtown all performed admirably as all three Division-I teams finished the tournament in the top 17.

The Gators had the best performance as they landed just outside the top 10 at No. 11. Dutchtown wasn't that far behind at No. 15, and East Ascension was just two spots behind at No. 17.

Brother Martin won their fourth straight state title. Jesuit finished a close second, Holy Cross finished third and Catholic and Rummel rounded out the rest of the top five.

Though no Ascension wrestlers could bring home a state title in their respective weight classes, there were some top-five finishes.

Dutchtown's Kaleb Faul had the best performance out of the parish wrestlers. He finished third in the 160-pound division. Faul also finished third in the 162-pound division in the Baton Rouge City Wrestling Tournament earlier this month.

To finish in the No. 3 spot, Faul beat Comeaux's Kole Miller by a 4-2 decision.

East Ascension's Jacob Bernard was impressive once again. Earlier this month, Bernard won the 128-pound title at the city tournament.

Last weekend, Bernard finished fourth in the 126-pound division. He defeated Baton Rouge High's Micah Roby, 10-4, to make it into the third-place match. There, he was defeated by Brother Martin's Taylor Gambill by pinfall at 4:48.

Dutchtown's Brandon Cowell finished fifth at 145 pounds. To lock up the No. 5 spot, Cowell dominated Holy Cross' Preston Robichaux by an 8-0 decision.

In the city tournament, he won the 147-pound title and was named one of the tournament's Outstanding Wrestlers.

Finally, at 182 pounds, St. Amant's Jordan Averett earned fifth place. Averett defeated Hahnville's Trevon Honor by forfeit.

Averett finished third in the 184-pound division at the city tournament.