BOSSIER CITY -- Live Oak will have to wait one more year for its elusive state championship in Division II wrestling.
The Eagles qualified five wrestlers for the finals, but a 1-4 showing in the first-place round forced LOHS to settle for a fourth-place finish Saturday at the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Wrestling Championship.
Teurlings Catholic tallied 243.5 points to repeat as Division II state champ, while Archbishop Rummel took second (226). Bossier City-based Parkway claimed third (220.5). Rounding out the Top 10 were Belle Chasse (183), Rayne (164.5), Carencro (144), Central-BR (96), North DeSoto (92.5) and Grace King (91).
The Eagles did claim a gold medal, as top-seed Anthony Ingram (34-6) scored a pin-fall victory over Brett Dingler of Belle Chasse (23-8) to win gold at 220 pounds.
“Our wrestlers had a good tournament and we wrestled to our seeds to do everything we needed to win a state title,” Live Oak coach Chris Collier said. “Where we fell short was in the consolation bracket. Also, we were young with six freshmen starting this year.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the boys. We wrestled the way we were supposed to wrestle in this tournament, but everybody around us had great tournaments, better than where they were supposed to be seeded.”
LOHS freshman Jordan Chenevert (26-8) lost by pinfall to Cooper Simon of Rayne (39-1) at the 1:46 mark in the 113-pound bracket, while Camdyn Ingram (57-5) finished on the short end of a 6-3 decision against Archbishop Rummel’s Blake Mateu (41-2) in 120 pounds.
Freshman Mason Middleton lost by major decision (12-4) in the championship round of the 126-pound weight class.
Freshman Clayton Hill, finished fourth in 106 after a loss to Colten Sonnier of Teurlings Catholic.
Holy Cross led the pack in Division I, followed by Jesuit, Brother Martin, St. Paul’s and Airline.
De La Salle defended its Division III state title, while longtime power Brusly took second. St. Louis, John Curtis and North Vermillion rounded out the Top 5.