Brusly’s amazing string of state wrestling titles ends, PHS finishes 16th

Tryve Brackin

Brusly High’s amazing string of seven consecutive State Division III wrestling titles came to an end last weekend in Bossier City as Holy Cross turned back the Panthers by a 265.5 to 254 point total.

New Orleans’ Holy Cross team set a state record for wrestling titles by bouncing Brusly, winning the school’s 26th championship. The Tigers dropped down to Division III this year and stopped the Brusly dominance in the classification. Meanwhile, a pair of Plaquemine High wrestlers helped the relatively new Green Devil mat program finish 16th in Division III with 21 points.

Despite ending its run of titles, neighboring Brusly fought to the wire and made the Division III championship the most competitive of the state tourney.

Brusly claimed three individual state weight class championships as they finished as the runner-up. Jacob Haydel won the 285-lb. class, while Trevor Schermer took the 112-lb. class title and Austin Schermer claimed the 119-lb. crown. Veteran Dylan Hood was runner-up in the 215-lb. weight class to a Holy Cross wrestler. Four Panthers notched third place finishers. They were Brock Serio in the 103-lb. class, Kyle Busby in the 125-lb. class, Joseph Miller in 153-lb. class, and Tyler Rockforte in the 135-lb. class.

Ben Cavalier led Plaquemine High at the state meet with a fourth-place finish in the 103-lb. weight class. Teammate Von Lanaux, a standout PHS football lineman, wrestled in a heavier weight class, but did not place.

Finishing fourth or below for Brusly’s Panthers were Quinton Doss, Kade Loupe, Logen Romero, and Jared Warner.

Holy Cross took home six weight class individual titles. Third place Rayne High managed a pair.