With just a pair of seniors in its starting lineup, the Sulphur High School wrestling team dominated Lafayette in a district duel Wednesday, 78-6.
“I only have a couple of seniors,” Sulphur wrestling head coach Jean Paul Duhon said. “The kids are wrestling hard.
“Hunter Gustin is one of the seniors, and he has been out for a couple of weeks now. But he will be back Friday for the Ken Cole tournament. Lafayette has a young team, but our kids wrestled hard and did a good job.”
Sulphur won 13 of 14 matches and 10 by pin. The Tors’ underclassmen accounted for 11 wins. Sulphur is 3-0 in district duels and 9-3-1 overall.
“They are all wrestling real hard right now and pushing themselves,” Duhon said. “They just have some more work to do and need to get the confidence that they can compete with the older kids.”
Sulphur made quick work of the Lions, winning six matches in the first period. Junior Gavin Theriot (19-12) had the quickest win after taking down Lafayette’s Pierce LaGarde in just 20 seconds to take the 120-pound match. At 126-pounds, junior Kyle Thibodeaux (32-10) pinned Lafayette’s Jensen Bergeron in 36 seconds.
At 160-pounds, junior Hugo Perez (17-10) trailed Lafayette’s Alan Cortez 4-3 late in the first period but won by pin with 36 seconds left in the second period.
In the 220-pound match, freshman Blayden Laidlaw (23-8) scored two points for a reversal late in the third period to take a 4-3 lead, but Lafayette senior Marshall Cagle quickly turned the tables and pinned Laidlaw with 22 seconds left in the match.
In the last two weeks, eight Tor wrestlers have placed in the top-six at three different tournaments. Perez placed sixth at 160-pounds at the Louisiana Classic in Baton Rouge last weekend and fifth at 152-pounds two weeks ago at the Chicken Wing Invitational at Westside High School in Houston. Also at the Chicken Wing Invitational, Corey Hyatt (25-5) and Trent Trouth (24-10) placed third, Thibodeaux was fourth at 120-pounds and Jackson Viator (19-11) placed third at 145-pounds. At the Rayne Invitational last weekend, Nick Leblanc (9-0) won the 145-pound title, Doc Miller (14-8) placed second at 106 pounds, and Jordan Farias (9-8) was fifth at 195-pounds.
Sulphur will head to Lafayette this weekend for the Ken Cole Invitational at Comeaux High School and will host the Jesse James Southwest Shootout next weekend. The LHSAA state tournament will be held in Bossier City on February 14 and 15.
“They wrestled really hard in Texas, and we did a decent job at the big Louisiana Classic in Baton Rouge last week,” Duhon said. “We will see what we have this weekend at the Ken Cole tournament.
“We have the Jesse James Shootout next week, then we get ready for state. Now, it is just fine-tuning them and getting them to peak at the right time.”
106 — Adam Fontenot (SHS) def. John Harmon (LHS), fall 2:57.
113 — Doc Miller (SHS) def. Maverick Jambon (LHS), fall 1:58.
120 — Gavin Theriot (SHS) def. Pierce LaGarde (LHS), fall 0:20.
126 — Kyle Thibadeaux (SHS) def. Jensen Bergeron (LHS), fall 0:36.
132 — Brice Shrumpf, win by forfeit.
138 — Avery Tramonte (SHS) def. Blaze Thompson (LHS), fall 4:55.
145 — Jackson Viator (SHS), win by forfeit.
152 — Daniel Burton (SHS) def. Dominick Baker (LHS), fall 1:26.
160 — Hugo Perez (SHS) def. Alan Cortez (LHS), fall 3:24.
170 — Luke Vice (SHS) def. Garrett Prejean (LHS), fall 1:35.
182 — Corey Hyatt (SHS) win by forfeit.
195 — Jordan Farias (SHS) def. Alexander Palumbo (LHS), fall 1:30.
220 — Marshall Cagle (LHS) def. Blayden Laidlaw (SHS), fall 5:38.
285 — Caleb Harris (SHS) def. Miles Mouton (LHS), fall 2:35.