Categories: Uncategorized

Sparks, Harvey win state wrestling titles for Lakeside

BOSSIER CITY – The sport of wrestling is a grueling, grind-it-out test of wills reserved for the strongest of men.

Lakeside’s Mason Sparks and DJ Harvey proved themselves to be amongst the state’s strongest grinders, bringing home the second and third-ever wrestling state championships in Lakeside’s brief wrestling history over the weekend inside the Centurylink Center.

Harvey, competing in the 280-pound division, defeated Evangel’s Tre White 3-1 in overtime to claim his title, while Sparks, competing in the 220-pound division, wore down the division’s defending state champion, Eric Hamrick of De La Salle, 7-4 for state supremacy.

Harvey, who finished as state runner up last season, defeated the defending state champion in his weight class in the semifinals to reach the title match, meaning Lakeside knocked off two defending champs to have their moment in the spotlight.

Warriors head wrestling coach Mike Welch said Sparks had probably “the toughest route of anyone in the tournament” to reach the finals.

“He beat the fifth and third place wrestlers, including an overtime win in the semifinals,” Welch said. “He wrestled a great tournament; made very few mistakes. He was a big underdog in the finals against a big strong kid who had pinned everyone else in the tournament.

“Mason was very controlled, wrestled a very good technical match and almost pinned him.”

Harvey, who began wrestling as a seventh-grader, is all heart, according to Welch.

“He got pinned last year in the state title match,” Welch said. “DJ pinned that kid in the semifinals this year. He’s a very determined and physical wrestler.

“He wants to wrestle everybody he can. In my opinion, he was probably the best heavyweight wrestler in the state of Louisiana in any division. He’s that good.”

Lakeside has only competed in wrestling for 6 years, but now has three state titles; Luke Griffin in 2014 was the other.

Both Harvey and Sparks were beat up on early in their wrestling days, but perseverance brought them to the mountain top.

“It takes a lot of conditioning, a lot of running, a lot of grinding it out,” Welch said. “Both of these kids have spent 4-5 years doing that.

“In their early years they lost a lot of matches, almost every one. They stuck with it and kept getting better and better. Now, they’ll forever be state champions.”

Blake Branch

Recent Posts

  • News

Castor woman killed in two-vehicle crash

Bienville Parish – Just after 9:30 p.m. Friday'p night, Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a two vehicle head…

19 hours ago
  • E-Edition

04-19-2019 Minden Press-Herald e-Edition

The electronic edition of the Friday, April 19, 2019 Minden Press-Herald.

2 days ago
  • News

State Fire Marshal arrests three involved in Castor bank robbery, other crimes

BATON ROUGE- The State Fire Marshal’s Office has arrested two men and a woman for creating and planting imitation explosive…

2 days ago
  • News

Post-mortem upgrade: Hurricane Michael now Category 5 storm

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle last fall, was actually stronger than initially measured, prompting forecasters…

2 days ago
  • News

2 top deputies resign from Chicago prosecutor’s office

CHICAGO (AP) — Two top deputies to the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the Jussie Smollett case are resigning. Documents…

2 days ago
  • News

Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week

By JULIE PACE, THOMAS BEAUMONT and MEG KINNARD Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected…

2 days ago