Carencro's Williams retakes his title in "testy" match
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division II, 195 Pounds
May 9th, 2021 | Written by: Staff writer

Weight Class Synopsis Quarterfinals Semifinals 3rd and 5th Finals

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
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Name Kendrell Williams Dylan Olivier Eric Levert Alton Bouligny Nigel Whitehead Noah Hunt
School Carencro North Desoto Teurlings
Caddo Magnate Shaw Pearl River
Seed 2 1 4 3 5 7
Class 12 12 11 12 11 10
Final Record 3-0 20-2 15-4 5-2 7-6 4-7

Final records include Louisiana losses but all wins

Weight Class Synopsis

If anyone could handle the state championships as their sole wrestling event of the season it was Carencro’s Kendrell Williams.  The senior, who won a Division II title in 2019 at 170 lbs., lost it in the 2020 finals to a defending Division II champion, Teurlings Catholic’s David Bernard.  Feasibly, as other Carencro wrestlers found matches before February 26th, getting the title back might have been the only reason he dusted off his shoes.

To do so, however, would mean facing and defeating another defending Division II state champion in North Desoto’s Dylan Olivier.  Olivier sported a 17-1 record and placed third in the Inola, OK tournament as well as in the Louisiana Classic, in which he suffered his sole loss of the season to Sulphur’s Corey Hyatt 7-4.  (That was the closest match Hyatt had all season).

Both of the top seeds used two pins to advance to the finals.

Alton Bouligny of Caddo Magnate and Eric Levert of Teurlings Catholic were fine third and fourth seeds and they ended their seasons in the consolation finals, but it was #4 over #3 in 2:54.  Shaw’s Nigel Whitehead was expected to place fifth, and he did.  It was just over seventh seed Noah Hunt of Pearl River rather than #6 Robert Breaux of Rayne.  White won the match for fifth in 3:29.  He has one year left, while Hunt has two and Breaux has three.  Look for them next year as Olivier, Williams and Bouligny will have graduated.

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(1) Dylan Olivier (ND) pinned Stephen Cirfus (BC) in 1:20
(4) Eric Levert (TC) pinned (5) Nigel Whitehead (SHW) in 5:17
(3) Alvin Bouligny (CM) pinned Robert Breaux (RAY) in 0:47
(2) Kendrall Williams (CAR) pinned Noah Hunt (PR) in 1:43

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(1) Dylan Olivier (ND) pinned (3) Eric Levert (TC) in 3:04
(2) Kendrall Williams (CAR) pinned (3) Alvin Bouligny (CM) in 4:39

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(3) Eric Levery (TC) pinned (3) Alton Bouligny (CM) in 2:54 to place 3rd
(5) Nigel Whitehead (SHW) pinned (7) Noah Hunt (PR) to place 5th

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Second-seeded Latrell Williams of Carencro regained the title he won in 2019 with a 13-6 decision over top-seeded and defending state champion Dylan Olivier of North Desoto

Williams scored all of the points he needed in a 7-2 first period.  His first takedown came via a reroll of a throw Olivier attempted, which also netted him two back points.  Olivier stood-up and lifted one of Williams’ legs up to score a reversal shortly afterward.  With 40 seconds remaining Williams escaped, and as time was running out he was able to push Olivier’s head down, grab a knee and just sort of “crunch” Olivier, which allowed Williams to spin behind him and score another takedown.

In the second period Williams managed a takedown between two Olivier escapes, making the score 9-4 entering the third period.

In the final period Williams escaped after 20 seconds had elapsed.  About 20 seconds later Olivier was cited for unsportsmanlike conduct, which gave Williams another point.  Next it was Olivier receiving a penalty point for Williams stalling.  Then Olivier scored on a deep single-leg shot that upended Williams, and the score was 11-6.  Olivier was hit with another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after Williams escaped for the last time. 

Olivier was definitely upset after the match ended, but the officials saw no need to further penalize him or North Desoto as a team.  Had they done the latter, however, Shaw would have taken home the runner-up trophy.  But both wrestlers could have acted better once the match was over.

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