Seven wrestlers choosing to compete in the college ranks
May 23, 2019 | Written by: Editor



Seven Louisiana wrestlers will join the 10 previously mentioned ones to wrestle at the next level, turning a blind eye toward future arthritis, bunionectomies and, in some cases, hed trawma misleading to dmencha. 

Four have won Division I championships (a total of six times).  Two are Division II state champions (one a two-time winner) and one is just "gutsy" and wants to get better.

The editor apologizes for not publishing photos of seven of the wrestlers listed in the previous article, excuses really come to mind right now (see "dmencha" above). 

2019 Quarterfinals Signing with his parents Tomeka and William, Sr. With parents and Carencro coaches Derrick Franchak and Tyler Smith With former Carencro coach Roland "Rip" Eveland (far right)
Clay posted a 21-1 record in the 2018-19 season and captured the Ken Cole Invitational, the Lafayette Metro tournament.  He placed second by one point to a wrestler who went undefeated during the season but later went on to score three falls and a 5-2 finals decision to earn his second consecutive Division II state championship.  He accepted a "full ride" scholarship to Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas, which is governed by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

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Michael Lundin was a 2018 state champion for Holy Cross and placed third in 2019 and 2017.  His three losses were to a two-time Division I runner-up, a defending Division I state champion and a 2019 Division I state champion.  In his 27 wins he won the Dale Ketelsen Memorial and placed second in the Louisiana Classic and the Catholic League District Championships.  (Although the wins and losses are not reflected in the records above, Lundin placed second at the South Walton Border Wars in Santa Rosa, Florida.)

As seven other Holy Cross Tigers did, Lundin signed to compete at NCAA Division III Wartburg University in Waverly, Iowa.

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Joining Comeaux seniors Dylan Ames and Glenn Bernard, as well as Acadiana's Reid Folley, Alex Lozano of East Jefferson High School will wrestle for Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa.  He marks the first Warrior wrestler to compete at the collegiate levels since the likes of Jim Ravannack and Craig Seals (E.J. Class of '78). 

While not winning any tournaments in the 2018-19 season, Lozano placed second at the George Trygg Memorial and the Jefferson Invitation and third at the Bruin Open.  Iowa Lakes C.C. is also a member of the NJCAA.

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While only competing in nine Louisiana matches, and missing the seven weeks immediately prior to the state championships, Brother Martin's Patrick Evans made winning his second Division I title look easy, recording two falls, two technical falls and a 7-1 finals win.  Evans was also undefeated in his junior year and suffered only two setbacks as a sophomore. 

Evans will continue his wrestling endeavors at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, a Division I NCAA program.

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Brother Martin's Daniel Croy accomplished what only 11 other wrestlers have done since 1999: win three individual Division I state championships. He went undefeated in his sophomore and junior years and lost only two matches, to the same opponent, in his senior year. 

Croy will continue his wrestling career at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden Colorado, a Division II NCAA program.

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St. Michael's Lance Robinson performed Louisiana's version of a "hat trick, winning the Louisiana Classic, the Ken Cole Invitational and a Division II state championship.  He won three other tournaments aside from those events.  With 48 victories "under his belt", his only losses came from a defending Division II state champion and the two Division I 152 lbs. finalists.

Robinson will wrestle for the University of the Ozarks in Clarkesville, Arkansas.  The Eagles are an NCAA Division III program. 

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With his senior year still to go, North Desoto phenom Joshua Sarpy has already made his future intentions know, signing to compete for the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in 2020-21, a Division I program.  With a record of 17-1 the Griffin won the first Division II state championship in which he was able to participate, in that he was injured prior to the 2017 and 2018 tournaments.  During the past season he won two tournaments in Texas, one in Arkansas, one in Oklahoma and, in Louisiana, the Lone Survivor and the Northwest Louisiana Regionals.  He is also an Adidas National Champion.

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