Harter's triumph the first for the Warriors since 2012
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division II, 182 Pounds
May 30th, 2018 | Written by: Editor

Weight Class Synopsis Early Championship Rounds Quarterfinals Semifinals 3rd and 5th Finals

St. Michael's Dane Harter ruled the 182 lbs. weight class in Louisiana


Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Name Dane Harter Kaleb Garcia Blake McKee Garrett Timm Joshua Halbrook Austin Hotard
School St. Michael Parkway Teurlings Catholic Haughton Pearl River Belle Chasse
Seed 1 2 6 7 Unseeded 4
Class Senior Sophomore Senior Junior Senior Senior

Weight Class Synopsis

With a pedigree including a father and coach who was a Holy Cross state champion in 1983, and an uncle who was a Tiger state champion in 1980 and 1981, it came as no surprise that Dane Harter would succeed at wrestling.  Only the degree in which he did might be surprising.  The Warrior senior did not place as a sophomore, and his junior year finals appearance was overlooked by many as his opponent was Rummel's Josh Ramirez, who currently works out at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  This season, he was only stoppable at 195 lbs., a weight at which he first lost by a major decision to eventual Division I state champion Gavin Bonilla, and later showed he was gaining on Bonilla with just a one-point loss.  But Harter was a natural 182-pounder, and he dropped down to that weight for the Trey Culotta Invitational, in which he defeated eventual Division I state champion D.J. Evans of Airline in the finals.  In the Louisiana Classic finals, he defeated Jesuit's Thomas Arceneaux, but more important to his state championship hopes he defeated Parkway sophomore Kaleb Garcia the first of two times prior to the state championship.  Harter was 44-0 at 182 lbs., and only four of those matches did not end in a fall or technical fall.  He spent 1:29 on the mats in the two matches he had before a semifinals forfeit due to an injury to Belle Chasse's Austin Hotard.  He had previously pinned Hotard in 1:34.  (Hotard had to withdraw from the tournament but, according to his coach, the senior recovered well from his injury.)

Parkway's Kaleb Garcia was seeded second.   Garcia brought a 43-13 record the four miles between Parkway High School and the CenturyLink Center.  Two of those losses were to Harter, one from an out-of-state opponent, seven were from Division I state championship 1st-6th placers.  He did have a loss to Lakeside senior Austin Moss from Division III, but he defeated Moss later.  He also split matches with Clay and Brother Martin's Michael Clap during the season.  Garcia used a fall in 3:51, a 15-5 major decision and a semifinals fall in 4:45 over Blake McKee of Teurlings Catholic to advance to the finals.

Harter and Garcia locked up for the better part of the first and only round of the finals match.  Garcia attempted a good single-leg shot early, but Harter countered it well.  After 20 seconds had elapsed Harter used a duck-under to a single-leg lift to score a takedown on Garcia.  From the top Harter rode a single-leg cross-body ride and patiently turned Garcia over with a forced-nelson.  As Garcia's back edged closer to the mat, Harter placed used a figure-four to press Garcia flat, scoring the fall in 1:55. 

Sixth-seeded Blake McKee of Teurlings Catholic upset Huntington's Christopher Washington in the quarterfinals, and thus only needed to win one match to advance to the match for third place.  It was not an easy match, though, as unseeded Joshua Halbrook of Pearl River gave McKee plenty of trouble in a 9-7 McKee victory.  There he faced seventh-seeded Garrett Timm of Haughton, who required a fall and a 9-8 decision over Washington before a forfeit (from the injured Hotard) put him in the consolation finals.  The Rebel senior was too much for Timm, though, as McKee defeated the Haughton junior in 2:01.  Halbrook placed fifth due to Hotard's injury.

Early Championship Rounds

R1: (5) Austin Cook (LO) over Christopher Wilson (ND) in 0:51
R1: (7) Garrett Timm (HAU) over Logan Kennedy (CAR) 6-5

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(1) Dane Harter (STM) over (8) Gregory Gaudin (EJ) in 0:17
(4) Austin Hotard (BC) over (5) Austin Cook (LO) in 3:29
(6) Blake McKee (TC) over (3) Christopher Washington (HNT) in 4:58
(2) Kaleb Garcia (PKY) over (7) Garrett Timm (HAU) 15-5 MD

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(1) Dane Harter (STM) over (4) Austin Hotard (BC) via an injury default*
(2) Kaleb Garcia (PKY) pinned (6) Blake McKee (TC) in 4:45

*     Hotard suffered torn cartilage in his ribs during the match with Harter and was forced to withdraw from the tournament.

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(6) Blake McKee (TC) pinned (7) Garrett Timm (HAU) in 2:01 to place 3rd
 Joshua Halbrook (PR) received a forfeit from (4) Austin Hotard (BC) to place 5th

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(1) Dane Harter of St. Michael's pinned (2) Kaleb Garcia of Parkway in 1:55

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