BASILE, LA (KPLC) - “My coach told me that regardless of what happens I’m still a champion win or lose," Basile wrestler Blake Menier said. "It made me feel better about myself going into the matches.”
And it was those words that gave Menier the confidence to do what many deemed to be impossible. The junior went into the state tournament as a five seed and upset the four, two, and one seeds in his weight class on his way to his first state title.
“I wasn’t really nervous up until the finals match," said Menier. "My first two matches I had the mindset that I was going to beat the kids but once I got to the finals I knew who I was going up against. I knew it was going to be a tough match and I got nervous but I just went in there and gave it my all.”
Although it was the first state title for Menier, he wasn’t the only Bearcat that aided Basile in capturing the school’s first state championship in 28 years.
Senior Gavin Christ capped off his stellar career on a 116 match win streak and won his fourth consecutive state title. Despite the incredible individual success, Christ was more proud of what his fellow Bearcats accomplished.
“If they would’ve wrestled any other way we wouldn’t have been as dominant, but because everyone came through and wrestled their absolute best and put on a show for everybody we won by more than 50 points. I’m more than proud,” said Christ.
Also winning state championships were Logan David getting his first at 170 pounds, Blake’s brother Alex won his second consecutive title at 113 pounds, and junior Isaac Cortez also made it back-to-back titles in the 182 pound class.
“I was more excited to win it as a team for sure," Cortez said. "I would’ve given up this second title to win it as a team. If they needed me to bump up to a heavyweight class I would’ve done it in a second just to get the team title this year.”