After a couple of near misses in 2017 and 2018, the Bishop Lynch Wrestling program is back on top as TAPPS' top squad, capturing the 2019 state title Saturday – the program's first TAPPS title since 2010.
The Friars did so by the slimmest of margins, edging out St. Thomas by a single point and third-place Liberty Christian by just two points. Bishop Lynch finished with a point total of 182.5 to take the top spot.
A total of seven Friars captured medals, led by senior Warren Walls, who needed less than 40 seconds to pin his opponent in the 220-pound finals for his third straight state title. James Hickerson won the Friars' other gold by besting the field in the 113-pound division.
The Friars picked up three silvers, from Raul Villa (126), Paul Davis (195), and Ben Weber (285). Kade Findley (170) and Elijah Sisk (182) earned bronze during the meet hosted by Bishop Lynch High School.
Luke Mazur placed fourth in the 120-pound division, adding 11 points to the team total with a pair of wins. Williams Parsons did the same in the 152-pound division and Webster Walls won three matches in a loaded 160 class for nine points.
Warren Walls – the three-time champion – earned Wrestler of the Meet in the heavy divisions after winning his matches in times of nine seconds, 1:39, and 38 seconds in the final.
Bishop Lynch won 14 consecutive TAPPS state title in wrestling from 1996-2010, and added runner-up finishes in 2011, 2017, and 2018.
Walls becomes the program's first three-time champion since Trey Adamson, who won titles in 2008, 2009, and 2011. He is the first to win titles in three consecutive years since Luke Ashmore (2005-2007).