Event History

The Deep South Bayou Duals was established in 2009, by Coach Jimmy Bible of Brusly High School and the Panther Wrestling Club, with the assistance of the Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation. The goal was to create a national level wrestling tournament, by bringing in many young athletes from all across the United States, to compete, but also enjoy the beautiful city of Baton Rouge and its surrounding attractions. The plan was to use all resources to ensure that this event was affordable, for the out of state programs, while giving many local high schools the opportunity to compete in a top tier wrestling tournament, without the financial burden of traveling.

In a short time, Deep South Bayou Duals has exceeded this goal, and has quickly become one of the nation’s premier wrestling events. Since the first year, athlete and fan attendance increased exponentially, causing this event to outgrow two different venues. Deep South Bayou Duals has been the largest high school dual meet tournament in the nation. It has featured many high school wrestling teams, from 13 different states, including all of the top Louisiana teams and other elite programs from across the country.

In 2017 Jimmy Bible stepped down as event organizer and handed the reins to Coach Brian Hess of St. Amant High School.