Coach Don Burton honored with elementary and middle school duals tournament
April 9th, 2018| Written by: Editor and Dustin Burton



The North Desoto Wrestling Academy held the first Don Burton Memorial Duals an North Desoto High School in Stonewall, Louisiana, on Saturday, January sixth.  Participating teams included the Northwest Louisiana Warriors, the North Desoto Wrestling Academy, the Junior Spartans Wrestling Club of Lafayette and the Rockwall County Wrestling Club of Rockwall, Texas, among others.

The Rockwall County Wrestling WolfPack took home championship trophies in both the Elementary School and Middle School divisions.

The Lafayette Junior Spartans placed second in the Elementary School division, followed by the Northwest Louisiana Warriors in third place.

In the Middle School Division the North Desoto Wrestling Academy placed second and the Northwest Louisiana Warriors placed third.

The event honored one of north Louisiana's wrestling founders, Don Burton, who began his coaching career at Bossier High School in 1977.  Behind state champions Paul Barnes, Lenny Harner and Terry Washington, the Wildcats placed in the Division II runner-up spot that year, and placed third the following year before moving up to Division I in 1980.

On the youth wrestling level, Coach Burton started the Northwest Louisiana Warriors Wrestling Club in the 1999-2000 season, and has chartered nine other USA Wrestling clubs as feeder programs into northwest Louisiana High Schools.

The tournament was named in Coach Burton's honor for over four decades of contributions to north Louisiana wrestling.

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Elementary Division Placers
Rockwall County Wrestling WolfPack Lafayette Junior Spartans Northwest Louisiana Warriors

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Middle School Division Placers
Rockwall County Wrestling WolfPack North Desoto Wrestling Academy Northwest Louisiana Warriors

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