Dutchtown brings in new wrestling head coach

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com

It has been an exciting year for Dutchtown athletics. Not long ago, the school hired a new boy's soccer coach in Rene Bourgeois and now, the Griffins have welcomed a new head coach in wrestling.

On Monday morning, Dutchtown head football coach and Athletic Director Benny Saia proudly announced that Justin Stafford will now be leading the wrestling program.

Stafford comes from Central High. He was the head coach there for the past six seasons. This past season, he led the Wildcats to a 14th-place finish in the Division-II LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament.

In addition to coaching at Central, Stafford was also the head coach of the youth program, The Wildcat Wrestling Club.

Before he became the head man with the Wildcats, Stafford was an assistant coach at Zachary for two seasons.

In the classroom, he will teach science at Dutchtown.

Stafford will take over a successful Griffin wrestling program.

Dutchtown had two wrestlers win city championships last year in 147-pound winner Brandon Cowell and 172-pound champion Luther Jones.

The Griffins also performed well at the Division-I state meet as they finished at 15th overall.

Kaleb Faul gave Dutchtown their best individual finish as he took third in the 160-pound division. In fact, Faul's performance was the best of any Ascension wrestler.