KENNER — This past weekend, the Lakeside wrestling team competed in the LHSAA State Championships at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner.
The Warriors came home with a ninth place finish and three Warriors earned All-State honors.
Cameron Corley finished in third place at 132lbs. Thomas Lambert finished fourth in the 152lb weight class and Luke Griffith placed third at 220lbs. Riley Smith, the 120 lb. District 1-2A champ, was one victory short of finishing in the top six and making all-state.
Seventh-grader John Watson, who competes on the high school team, was eliminated after three bouts in the 113lb. class.
"The team had a great season," Lakeside head coach Mike Welch said. "We finished the season with an overall record of 12-12, including wins over Calvary, North Desoto and Loyola."
Lakeside hasn't had a wrestling program for very long, so Welch had his doubts heading into the season.
"I knew that we had some good athletes but they didn't have much experience," he said. "But I was surprised at how quickly they learned."
Welch, who was assisted by Ryan Luna, said the key to the Warriors' success this season was the hard work put in by the team members.
"Wrestling is a grueling sport that requires a lot of conditioning and our kids adapted well to the long, hard practices," he said. "The key to our success was really just hard work and discipline. We practiced every day during the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. When a lot of teams were taking time off, we were on the mat."
Welch feels the future looks bright for Lakeside wrestling.
"I hope next year to be able to start a Jr. High team," he said. "Wrestling is new in Webster Parish and hopefully more students will get involved and the sport will grow like it has in other parts of the state."