Hahnville wrestler takes state runner-up

Allen Mire

Senior wrestler Allen Mire finished his Hahnville career last weekend with a state runner-up finish in Division I’s 160 pound division, leading a spirited effort team-wide for Hahnville at the State Wrestling Championship tournament in Bossier City.

Mire entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed and won four matches en route to the championship round where he was defeated by Brother Martin’s Mason Massicot, who scored a fall at the 1:32 mark. Mire defeated Reginald Barnes of East Ascension in the semifinals (16-7 majority decision) and Fontainebleau’s William Broussard (11-7 decision) in the quarterfinals.

Hahnville finished 12th at the 29 team event, and saw five of its wrestlers reach the quarterfinal round.

Tigers wrestling coach Dan Erwin said Mire’s performance, which put the final touches on a 40-7 record for his senior season, was result of the relentless work ethic of an athlete who was returning from a major injury this season. Mire injured his knee in workouts before his junior season and was sidelined for its entirety.

This year, he exceeded expectations and turned in a special season.

“”He battled through that injury … really, this was just his second year of wrestling, since he didn’t wrestle as a freshman,” Erwin said. “He finished in the top eight as a sophomore … he did everything he could to get to this point.”

Erwin said one place Mire truly excelled this season was on takedowns.

“He was really a hammer on top,” Erwin said. “He started separating himself during the season and established himself as one of the clear top 3 guys in that division, between (Holy Cross’ Mason) Macaluso, Massicot and himself.”

Hahnville quarterfinalists at state included sophomore Dalton Delhommer at 106 pounds, senior Clayton Cambre at 120, junior Shannon Summers at 182 and junior Logan Brimmer at 220.

“We had five guys right there before placing. It was a good showing,” Erwin said.

This season marked another milestone for Hahnville as a team: it saw the Tigers win their district crown for the 10th consecutive season, with six wrestlers earning individual district championships.

Erwin said earning that title has become a goal for his team before each season, with every group looking to continue the run of dominance.

“The thing is now, nobody wants to be the team to lose the district championship,” Erwin said. “Our school district gives us everything we need to have success and it’s a huge difference maker. And it’s all about the kids. They’re like sponges. They just want to learn and learn and learn and help each other out.”

Erwin recalled when the run began 10 years ago.

“We were in a district with East Ascension, Dutchtown, St. Amant … they just decided they didn’t want to lose anymore,” Erwin said.

 

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