Lakeside's Harvey follows Sparks' lead, upsets top-seed for the Indians' second championship
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division III, 285 Pounds
May 30th, 2018 | Written by: Editor

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

D.J. Harvey (left) won a title just after teammate Mason Sparks did (right photo: right)

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Name D.J. Harvey Datremecio White Jeremiah James Tony Gibson Drake Griffin Frank Bretey
School Lakeside Evangel De la Salle Church Point North Vermillion Hannan
Seed 2 1 3 7 4 5
Class Junior Sophomore Senior Freshman Senior Junior

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Evangel sophomore Datremecio White entered the state championships with a 25-5 record.  Of those wins, the most important ones were a fall in 1:14 of De la Salle's defending state champion Jeremiah James, and a fall 5:29 and a 7-5 decision over Lakeside's D.J. Harvey.  Harvey had also defeated White twice via falls in 3:56 and 2:55, but White's two wins were in tournaments, and only one of his losses to Harvey was in a tournament.  White at least assured himself that he would not have to face both of those wrestlers in this tournament, as they were the obvious choices for the #2 and #3 seeding positions.  Last season White finished sixth, which is commendable for a freshman in the 285 lbs. weight class.  This year as a sophomore White reached the finals with pins in 2:36 and 0:42, and an 18-5 technical fall over Drake Griffin of North Vermillion.

Also reaching the finals as a sophomore in 2017 was Lakeside's D.J. Harvey.  There he lost to James via a fall in 2:29.  James and Harvey did not meet during the regular season, but White's win over James assured Harvey of being seeded second.  Harvey's two losses to White were the only blemishes on a record which included 23 victories. That record often would merit a #1 seed, but there were the two tournament losses to White.  Harvey advanced to the semifinals with falls in 0:32 and 3:40.   Then he got a chance for a rematch of the 2017 finals against James, and he took full advantage of the opportunity with a 9-5 win.

As only one of their four previous matches did not end in a fall, both wrestlers were cautious about making any mistakes that might result on one being atop of the other.  Hence, the first period was scoreless.  In the second period, White used a sit-out with good wrist control to spin out from under Harvey for an escape.  And that was the only point of the second period.  Five seconds into the third period it was Harvey's turn to score an escape, knotting the match at 1-1.  With a Sudden Victory round next, this looked as if it might go to an Ultimate Tie-breaker round.  But a little aggression prevented the need for extra rounds.  Locking their arms high, White appeared to force Harvey out of bounds, but then Harvey pushed White back.  While moving backwards, White either was tripped-up by Harvey's foot, or just lost his balance, but the end result was that he fell backward to the mat.  White got off of his back but not before Harvey had pounced on top of him, scoring the winning takedown in a 3-1 match.

James did not waste any time after his semifinals loss to Harvey.  He made the consolation finals with a 33 second fall over fifth-seeded Frank Bretey of Hannan.  His opponent in the match for third place was Church Point freshman Tony Gibson, who recorded falls in 1:57 and 2:09 prior to a grueling 3-2 win over Griffin.  The defending state champion senior from De la Salle spent little time to place third, pinning Gibson in 0:37.  Griffin placed fifth with a fall over Bretey in 1:36.

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(1) Datremecio White (EVA) over (8) Eric Bumgarden (JC) in 0:42
(4) Drake Griffin (NV) over (5) Frank Bretey (HAN) in 1:18
(3) Jeremiah James (DLS) over (6) Christopher Welch (SLAB) in 0:49
(2) D.J. Harvey (LKS) over (7) Tony Gibson (CP) in 3:40

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(1) Datremecio White (EVA) over (4) Drake Griffin (NV) 18-3 TF
(2) D.J. Harvey (LKS) over (3) Jeremiah James (DLS) 9-5

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Consolation Rounds

C1: Austen Hebert (KAP) over Matthew Ganaway (BRU) 7-2
CSF: (7) Tony Gibson (CP) over (4) Drake Griffin (NV) 3-2

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(3) Jeremiah James (DLS) pinned (7) Tony Gibson (CP) in 0:37 to place 3rd
(4) Drake Griffin (NV) pinned (5) Frank Bretey (NV) in 1:36 to place 5th

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(2) D.J. Harvey of Lakeside defeated (1) Datremecio White of Evangel 3-1 in Sudden Victory

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