Division II - 113 pounds: Strozier tops first and second seeds for Panther's first 2016 title
March 25th, 2016 | Written by: Editor


Evidently Parkway's Garrett Strozier had enough of abiding by seeding over the last two years.  Seeded fourth in 2014, he placed fourth.  Seeded third in 2015, he placed third.  The Panther senior was seeded fourth again this year, but he seemed not to care as he scored a technical fall and a fall in his first two matches, ousted the top seed, Rayne's Cooper Simon, 10-4 in the semifinals, and then defeated second-seeded Brandon Willis of Rummel 6-4 for the title.


Parkway's Garrett Strozier had a very good year for a fourth seed.  Two of his five losses were to Gavin Christ of Basile at 120 lbs. (Christ won the Division III title at 120 lbs.), and two others were to Division I competition.  His albatross was a loss to third-seeded Dane Langley of Teurlings Catholic, who lost to second-seeded Brandon Willis of Rummel, who did not defeat Langley as efficiently as top-seeded Cooper Simon of Rayne did.  Strozier, though, placed second at the Evangel Eagle Open and the Jacob McMillan, won the Lone Survivor, placed fourth at the Ken Cole and won the North Louisiana Regionals.  Perhaps to his benefit, though certainly to their detriment, he did not meet Simon or Willis during the regular season.

Simon started off really well at 106 lbs. by winning the Warrior Open, including a win over Central's defending state champion Austin Gouedy.  Gouedy got him back in the Central Wildcat finals, though, and Simon found 113 more to his liking after that.  He won the Spartan Invitational over Jacob Spahn of Holy Cross, the Jacob McMillan over Comeaux's Dylan Ames, and he placed fourth in the Trey Culotta, losing to Rummel's Blake Mateu, St. Paul's Cole Houser and Brother Martin's Luke Cotton, all of whom would later be state champions.

Willis' season was equally impressive.  The Raider senior won the Jefferson Parish Invitational, placed ninth at the Trey Culotta and placed fourth at the Louisiana Classic.  During the season Willis split matches with St. Paul's Cole Houser and Comeaux's Dylan Ames, and defeated Jacob Spahn of Holy Cross.  His other losses were to Division I opponents in the Trey Culotta, and dual meets against Brother Martin and Jesuit, and to Gavin Becker of Division III North Vermillion (in the Louisiana Classic consolation finals).

Third-seeded Dane Langley of Teurlings Catholic lived up to his seeding, but had to beat Simon 8-7 in the consolation finals to do so.

"Best of the Rest" goes to Ryan Nguyen, a sophomore from Belle Chasse.  After a tough 12-10 first round loss to Carencro's fifth-seeded Alex Slaydon, Nguyen won three consolation matches before falling to Simon in the consolation semifinals.  In the match for 5th place, however, he defeated #8 Lawson Turner of St. Michael 8-4.  The Warrior freshman had defeated Slaydon in the third round of consolations.

Place Name School Seed Year
1st Garrett Strozier Parkway 4 12
2nd Brandon Willis Rummel 2 12
3rd Dane Langley Teurlings Catholic 3 12
4th Cooper Simon Rayne 1 10
5th Ryan Nguyen Shaw >8 10
6th Lawson Turner St. Michael 8 9

Friday Round

R1: (4) Strozier (PKY) over Ledet (GK) via a 16-0 TF

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(1) Cooper Simon (RAY) pinned (8) Lawson Turner (StMi) in 2:47.
(4) Garrett Strozier (PKY) pinned (5) Alex Slaydon (CAR) in 2:59.
(3) Dane Langley (TC) defeated (6) Cameron Johnson (Live Oak) via a 16-0 technical fall.
(2) Brandon Willis (RUM) defeated (7) Devante Cooper (HNT) in 1:05.

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(4) Garrett Strozier (PKY) defeated (1) Cooper Simon (RAY) 10-4.
(2) Brandon Willis (RUM) defeated (3) Dane Langley (TC) 7-4.

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(3) Dane Langley (TC) defeated (1) Cooper Simon (RAY) 8-7 to win 3rd place.
Ryan Nguyen (SHW) defeated (8) Lawson Turner (StMi) 8-4 to win 5th place.

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(4) Garrett Strozier of Parkway defeated (2) Brandon Willis of Rummel 6-4.

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