Wrestling Wolves Finish Strong With Three State Finalists, One State Champion.

Coach Matt Pinero(left) and Coach Mark Leeling (right) prepare to coach sophomore Peyton Ward in his finals match against Daniel Croy from Brother Martin (Credit: Shea Duet).

(COVINGTON, La.) — The Wrestling Wolves recently went to Shreveport, LA to compete in the 2018/2019 State Wrestling Tournament to test their metal against the top schools in the state.  St. Paul’s placed fifth overall, finishing only six points behind the third place spot.

“Overall I thought we wrestled pretty well. We were in the hunt for third place, had 7/14 place top six, had three underclassmen make the state finals, and had a state champion and the tournament’s “Outstanding Wrestler.” Head Coach Matt Pinero said.

Junior Cole Ulfers celebrates after winning his state finals match at 195 pounds. (Credit: Nola.com)

The Wolves preformed well individually, placing seven wrestlers in the top six. Placers include ; freshman Jake Houser – sixth at 106 pounds, senior Conner Oviedo – third at 113 pounds, senior Brandon Stein – fourth at 120, sophomore Peyton Ward – second at 132 pounds, junior Ben Davidson – second at 145 pounds, junior Evan Ulfers – sixth at 170 pounds, and junior Cole Ulfers – first place at 195 pounds. In addition to these state placers, the Wolves had five wrestlers only one or two rounds away from placing.

The Wolves started their trek to Shreveport the morning of Thursday, February 7th, starting the six hour drive to Northern Louisiana. The Wolves got their last practice in that evening and waited for the Tournament to start. The Wolves wrestled Friday, early Saturday, and finished with the finals at around 7 p.m. After all the wrestling, the team was rewarded with a party hosted by the parents.

The team poses for a picture at the party after the state finals. (Credit: Shea Duet)

“The party was really great. After keeping their weights down all season, it was nice for the parents to get a lot of food and stuff for them,”  sophomore Sam Davidson said.


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