Sophomore Santiago's win assures Rebels a piece of the Division II team title
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division II, 285 Pounds
May 30th, 2018 | Written by: Editor

Weight Class Synopsis Quarterfinals Semifinals 3rd and 5th Finals

Miles Santiago's 8-5 win over Live Oak's defending state champion Anthony Ingram gave Teurlings Catholic the points they required to tie Parkway for the Division II team championship.  Miles' father, Dr. Jose Santiago, is on the champ's left.

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Name Miles Santiago Anthony Ingram Terrell Ford-Kirkendoll Davion Turner Braden Parker Dezrel Eloph
School Teurlings Catholic Live Oak Northwood Belle Chasse St. Thomas More Parkway
Seed 1 2 4 5 3 Unseeded
Class Junior Senior Senior Junior Senior Sophomore

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Teurlings Catholic sophomore Miles Santiago brought a 33-1 record into the state tournament, losing only to East Ascension's Jordan Campbell in the Louisiana Classic semifinals, a tournament in which he placed third by defeating Anthony Ingram of Live Oak.  Santiago's record included two wins over Ingram, the defending Division II state champion, a 26-second pin of Division I's third-place finisher Roberto Rivero of Grace King, and two wins over Northwood's fourth-seeded Terrell Ford Kirkendoll.  He scored fall in 1:03 and 2:42 in his first two matches but had a tougher time in the semifinals with Belle Chasse's Davion Turner, winning 5-2.

Live Oak's Anthony Ingram did not approach the 24-4 record he posted in the 2016-17 season when he won the Division II 220 lbs. championship and 86% of his matches.  He came close to the same percentage at 78%, but his 39 wins were offset by 11 losses.  Two of those were to Santiago, and the others included Division I's Mack Brown, Jordan Campbell and Donald Paul.  He did, however, breeze into the finals match with pins of 0:48, 0:40 and 1:57 over unseeded Dezrel Eloph, a Parkway sophomore, in the semifinals.  Eloph upset third-seeded Braden Parker of St. Thomas More 7-2 in the quarterfinals.

The 285 lbs. finals match was a good one.  Santiago scored first by sitting out on an Ingram whizzer and spinning behind Ingram for a two-point takedown.  Ingram escaped with 0:20 remaining and the round ended 2-1 in favor of Santiago.  Starting in the bottom position for the second period, Santiago could not get away from Ingram, who worked on cradles for the most part.  With 50-seconds remaining Ingram cross-faced Santiago a little harder than the official felt necessary, and Santiago was awarded a penalty point.  That was the only score in the second period, which ended 3-1 in favor of Santiago.  Ingram escaped after 30-seconds elapsed in the final period, and after a leg-trip attempt by Santiago went awry, Ingram lateral-dropped Santiago for a takedown and his first (and only) lead in the match, 4-3.  On the bottom, though, Santiago turned into Ingram and grabbed an ankle, which led to a double-leg that pushed Ingram back on the mat on his back, netting Santiago a two-point reversal and three nearfall points to take an 8-4 lead.  Ingram turned off of his back, stood-up and then escaped but time ran out before he could score again, and the Rebel sophomore won his first state championship 8-5. 

Northwood's fourth-seeded Terrell Ford-Kirkendoll, after losing 5-2 in the quarterfinals to fifth-seeded Davion Turner of Belle Chasse, scored falls in 0:44, 1:37 and 2:59 over Eloph to advance to the consolation finals.  There, he faced Turner again, who advanced there via a fall in 4:21 over the third-seeded Parker.  As has happened often in the Division II consolation finals, Ford-Kirkendoll avenged his previous loss with a fall over Turner in 3:49 to place third.  Parker defeated Eloph 12-10 for fifth-place.

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(1) Miles Santiago (TC) over Justin Kupp (HAU) in 1:03
(5) Davion Turner (BC) over (4) Terrell Ford-Kirkendoll (NW) 5-2
Dezrel Eloph (PKY) over (3) Braden Parker (StMO) 7-2
(2) Anthony Ingram (LO) over Cameron Wells (ND) in 0:40

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(1) Miles Santiago (TC) over (5) Davion Turner (BC) 5-2
(2) Anthony Ingram (LO) over Dezrel Eloph (PKY) in 1:57

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Championship Consolation Rounds

 (4) Terrell Ford -Kirkendoll (NW) pinned (5) Davion Turner (BC) in 3:49 to place 3rd
 (3) Braden Parker (StMO) defeated Dezrel Eloph (PKY) 12-10 to place 5th

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(1) Miles Santiago of Teurlings Catholic defeated (2) Anthony Ingram of Live Oak 8-5

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