Hahnville senior Trevon Honor won three matches and finished as state runner-up in the 195 lbs. division at the LHSAA state wrestling championship, closing his senior year with a record of 25-1. Honor, who entered the 195 bracket as the top seed, defeated Dutchtown’s Matthew Johnson, Brother Martin’s Somon Anderson and Jesuit’s Thomas Arceneaux on his way to the final, where he took his only loss of the season, to Airline’s Matt Salinas. It was Honor’s second consecutive finish as state runner-up.
Salinas pinned Honor at the 5:18 mark of their battle. Hahnville coach Dan Erwin said Honor had a strong tournament, but a mistake in the final match ultimately cost him.
“He had to play catchup from there,” Erwin said. “He hasn’t been down in score all year. So, he had to play a little catchup and got caught in a move. (Salinas) did a great job in finishing.”
The coach said Honor and the team were devastated at first.
“He didn’t take it well that night,” Erwin said. “He beat the guy who beat that guy. He thought he was prepared. I thought I prepared him, I look back now, and I didn’t prepare him well enough.”
A bit more than a silver lining for the senior is the fact that he has earned a wrestling scholarship to Missouri Baptist.
“He ended his career as a four-time district champion,” Erwin said. “He ended as a three-time state place winner, a two-time runner up. He leaves a great legacy for kids to look up to.”
Honor defeated Johnson, Anderson and Arceneaux by fall, fall and a 5-0 decision, respectively.
Tigers senior Kendrick Sandifer had a strong tournament as well, he placed in the top eight of the 132 lbs. division.
“We had some young kids do well, too,” Erwin said. “I’m excited to have these guys coming back.”
He added his younger group is already clamoring to get back to work, something he in part attributes to the example Honor set as team leader.
“I have thousands of words I could say about Trevon, and they’re all positive,” Erwin said. “I have no negative things to say about that young man. He leaves a legacy of doing right in school, in the classroom, having respect for teachers and students, being a good citizen. He exemplifies all of it.”