Posted February 11, 2023 / Last updated February 17, 2023

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Wrestlers and their coaches celebrate in Bossier city after the 2023 LHSAA Division I state finals.

After a hard-fought three-way battle, Blue Jay wrestlers clinched the 2023 LHSAA Division I state title for the first time since 2009. Junior Spencer Lanosga sealed the victory with a 41-second pin that put that Jays ahead of Catholic from Baton Rouge.

“All the hard work that we did—none of us were worried. We went out there and handled business,” Lanosga told Crescent City Sports. “Something that my coach told me that I really think spoke to the whole team was, ‘Wrestle with love and not hate. Wrestle with love for your teammates, not hate for the others—and that’s what we did. We wrestled with love for each other, and we did what we had to do for each other to get the title.”

“It’s been a lot of hard work over the last three years moving ourselves up the ladder, “coach Jonathon Orillion ’01 said to Crescent City Sports. “I’m very proud of these guys. They really take a lot of pride fighting for our school and fighting for their teammates.”

Orillion added, “We look to improve every day. Championships are nice to have, but what we talk to the guys about is just getting better every single day.”

Read more details at the following media outlets:

Nola.com: Jesuit’s First State Wrestling Championship Since 2009 Gets Decided in the Final Match

The Advocate: Jesuit Edges Catholic to Claim first Division I Title Since 2009

Crescent City Sports: Jesuit, Archbishop Shaw, Teurlings Catholic Capture Team State Wrestling Titles