With six seeded wrestlers, the Sulphur Tors are looking for their first top-10 team finish at the Division I state tournament this weekend at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City.
“They had a good week of practice and the kids are ready to go,” Sulphur head coach Jean Paul Duhon said. “They just have to get out there and produce the next two days.”
Leading the Tors’ contingent is junior Kyle Thibodeaux (38-13) who is seeded fourth at 120-pounds. He went 2-2 at the state tournament last year.
“He has worked all summer and year,” Duhon said. “I expect him to get on the podium. Kyle has put the No. 1 (Logan Bertot, Bro. Martin) on his back twice but lost each time. He should catch him in the semis Saturday morning. He feels good.”
Senior Hunter Gustin (31-5) is looking to improve on his fifth-place finish last year. He has moved up two weight classes from 145 pounds to 160 pounds where he is seeded seventh. Gustin has worked his way back from a broken nose he suffered in the Cy-Fair tournament earlier in the season.
“He has looked good the last couple of weeks,” Duhon said. “His biggest deal is that he had that nose surgery. It set him back a little bit, but he is ready.”
Also seeded for the Tors is senior Luke Vice (21-7, 170-pound No. 9), juniors Caleb Harris (19-8, 285-pound No. 9) and Hugo Perez (27-13, 152-pound, No. 9) and freshman Trent Trouth (28-11, 126-pound No. 8).
Harris is the only one to beat 285-pound No. 2 Donal Paul (37-1) of Comeaux this season.
“If he wrestles like I know he can and did the last couple of weeks, he can definitely be a spoiler in Bossier,” Duhon said.