Cloinger pins his way to Panthers' third title
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division II, 220 Pounds
May 8th, 2019| Written by: Editor

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

Connor Cloinger won Parkway's third state title with a second round pin over David Norris of North Desoto.

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Name Connor Cloinger David Norris Zavione Willis Cameron Weber Trey Winkler Kanyn Barton
School Parkway North Desoto Carencro Teurlings Catholic Benton Sam Houston
Seed 1 2 3 5 6 4
Class Senior Junior Junior Senior Junior Senior
Final Record* 29-5 19-4 26-7 23-18 20-7 22-15

*    Louisiana opponents only, not including any types of forfeits or byes.

Weight Class Synopsis

Parkway's Connor Cloinger lost five matches all season.  one was to Division III champion Dwight Johnson of Iowa, whom he had previously defeated and was not a worry in this tournament.  Two were to Division I opponents, state champion Wes Brady of Zachary and fifth-place winner Jace DuFresne of Sulphur.  His other two losses came from Division II's Trey Winkler of Benton.  Cloinger defeated Winkler three times over the course of the season, and one would think a 2-3 record vs. the top seed would merit a much higher seeding than sixth.  But Winkler lost to North Desoto's David Norris twice, and to Teurlings Catholic's David Weber.  Zavione Willis of Carencro defeated Weber and 2018 runner-up Kanyn Barton of Sam Houston, so the first-six seeding were unquestionable, and Norris was ahead of the five below Cloinger.

Cloinger won the Riot on the Red, the R.L. Turner in Texas, the Jacob McMillan Memorial and the Gator Brawl in Florida.  He placed third at the NWLA Regionals, fourth at the Lone Survivor, fifth at the Ken Cole and sixth at the Trey Culotta.  his road to the finals consisted of a round-one pin in 1:29, a quarterfinals pin in 1:25 and a pin in 0:21 over Barton in the semifinals.

Norris' only tournament win was at the NWLA Regionals, but he placed second at the Lone Survivor and fifth at the Louisiana Classic.  Norris received a round-one forfeit, pinned his quarterfinals opponent in 2:55  and pinned the third-seeded Willis in 0:56 in the semifinals.

Early Championship Rounds

R1: (8) Demond Garner (StM) defeated Khristian Grossie (RAY) 2-1 SV;
R1: (5) Cameron Weber (TC) pinned Gabriel Hill, Jr. in 0:21 (two photos);
R1: Bryce Manis (BC) pinned (7) Beau Rutley (SHW) in 1:59
R1: (4) Kanyn Barton (SH) pinned Kolbe Fields (RUM) in 3:33

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(1) Connor Cloinger (PKY) pinned (8) Demond Garner (StM) in 1:25
(4) Kanyn Barton (SH) defeated (5) Cameron Weber (TC) 2-1
(6) Trey Winkler (BNT) pined (3) Zavione Willis (CAR) in 3:20
(2) David Norris (ND) pinned (7) Beau Rutley (SHW) in 2:55

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(1) Connor Cloinger (PKY) pinned (4) Kanyn Barton (SH) in 0:21
(2) David Norris (ND) pinned Bryce Manis (BC) in 2:55

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Consolation Rounds

C1: Kameron Smith (HAU) pinned Khristian Grossie (RAY) in 2:53
C1: Gabriel Hill (HNT) pinned Kolbe Fields (RUM) in 1:48
C1: Michael Solar (LO) pinned John Simmons, Jr. (NS) in 3:42
C2: Bryce Manis (BC) pinned Kameron Smith (HAU) in 0:35

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(3) Zavione Willis (CAR) pinned (5) Cameron Weber (TC) in 3:31  to place 3rd
 (6) Trey Winkler (BNT) pinned (4) Kanyn Barton (SH) in 2:00 to place 5th

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(1) Connor Cloinger of Parkway pinned (2) David Norris of North Desoto in 3:01
loinger and Norris locked up at the start, and after a Norris double-leg shot that failed, Cloinger took hold of Norris' head and shoulder.  Norris fought him off for 30 seconds trying to gain control of Cloinger's legs beneath Cloinger's hold on him, but it was not until Cloinger tried to whip Norris over that Norris got his head away, forcing Cloinger to fall on the mat and allowing Norris to spin behind him and take a 2-0 lead with 1:20 remaining.  While taking Cloinger back to the mat after the Parkway wrestler had stood-up, Norris was cited for locking his hands and Cloinger received a penalty point.  Norris rode-out the remaining seven seconds and took a 2-1 lead into the second period.

Norris won the toss and deferred to Cloinger, who chose to start on the bottom.  Cloinger tried a few moved but Norris negated them.  Finally, with about 140 remaining Cloinger escaped and Norris tried to push him off of the mat and was warned for stalling.  Norris finally brought Cloinger back to the mat with 1:30 remaining.  With 1:10 remaining Cloinger caught Norris riding him "high," and just needed to pull one of Norris' hands to pull Norris off of him and score a reversal for a 3-2 lead.  Norris tried to roll through as he hit the mat, but Cloinger caught his near shoulder and put a reverse half on Norris, planting Norris on his back Cloinger earned three nearfall points, but he did not need than as he was awarded a fall with 27 seconds remaining.

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