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Airline wrestler Ernie Perry III is the Louisiana High School Athlete of the Week (Jan. 9-15)

Perry wins in the Louisiana Classic tournament for the fourth consecutive year

By Buck Ringgold 

Ernie Perry III has had an extraordinary career wrestling for Airline High School.

The senior will be going for his fourth straight state title, having won state each of the previous three years in different weight classes. He did achieve a "four-peat" in another tournament this month. 

At the Louisiana Classic held Jan. 14 in Gonzales, Perry won first place in the 126-pound class, and he was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler. It was the fourth straight year he won at the Louisiana Classic, just the third individual to do so in state history. Perry also became the first wrestler to win four Louisiana Classic titles in four different weight classes.

Last week, Perry announced that he has committed to wrestle at Ivy League school Cornell.

For his efforts, Perry was voted the SBLive Louisiana Athlete of the Week covering Jan. 9-15.