37th Annual
Ken Cole Invitational
January 26th-27th
Comeaux High School, Lafayette, Louisiana
Status: Fini

Jesuit shows depth in Ken Cole victory
Editor | 01/31/2013 | Page 1


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Individual Weight Class Pages:
106 113 120 126 132 138 145 152 160 170 182 195 220 285

Final Team Standings

It is common knowledge that as the state wrestling championships approach, one cannot dismiss anyone wearing a Jesuit wrestling uniform.  And that tidbit of advice does not only hold true for the Blue Jays' starting 14.  Without the benefit of starters Mitch Capella, Gaston Eymard, Efosa Eboigbe, Christian Queyrouze, Jimmy Brown and Gage Grush the Blue Jays delivered enough seeding upsets and vindications to prevail at the 2013 Ken Cole Invitational.

Freshman Guy Patron, Jr., at 160 lbs., started the upsets with a 20-8 major decision over Airline's Sam Lites.  Patron lost in the quarterfinals to Comeaux's 6th-seeded Jon Robinson, but he evidently knew that team championships are won in the wrestlebacks.  Patron placed 3rd to Robinson's 6th.

But Jesuit's unexpected star was sophomore Will LaFranca.  His 16-15 record was enough to earn a spot as the 5th seed at 126 lbs.  A #4, #1 and #2 seed later, LaFranca was on the top tier of the awards podium.

Dominic Carmello needed a strong showing to earn a higher State seeding at 220 lbs.  Seeded only 7th, he did more than might have been asked by finishing 2nd.

Jesuit scored 233.5 points, outpointing host Comeaux High School by 18.  Comeaux's 215.5 was followed by Teurlings Catholic with 187, Brusly with 144 and Sulphur at 132.5, just a smidgeon ahead of Northside's 131.5.

Keith Bergeron's Comeaux squad had six of seven wrestlers win in placement matches.  Each of their four finalists went home champions. Jacob Dale, Tyrek Malveaux, Abram Sellers and Connor Stampley won championships for the Spartans.

Teurlings Catholic, last year's Division II state champions, placed third.  They would have done better had they not lost six of seven placement matches, including three finals matches.  However, only one of those losses was to a wrestler from a Division II school.

"We wrestled well all weekend until the placement matches," said coach Kent Masson.  "We have a lot of confidence in how we normally finish tournaments.  We have a really good group of young men and they are going to be prepared for State.

The really good thing about our team is that we really don't have any weight issues.  Most of our boys are maybe a pound or two over for their weight class.  We don't make any kids "cut weight."

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Individual Awards

Sulphur junior Ora Wayne Broussard, the 3rd-place winner at 220 lbs., receives the "Most Pins in Least Time" award from Mr. James Simmons, the Director for Athletics at the Lafayette Parish School System.  Broussard pinned five of his opponents in 0:35, 1:30, 2:20, 3:46 and 4:02 for a total time of 12:13. Comeaux coach Keith Bergeron presents the "Outstanding Wrestler - Lower Weight Class" award to Huntington's 145 lb. tournament champion Anthony Taylor.  Taylor, a senior, was the #3 seed and defeated the #2 seed Colin Laird of North Vermillion 10-6 before defeating #1 seed Grant Godso of Redemptorist 7-0 (med. def.). Mr. Gil Douglass, Assistant Principal at Comeaux High School, presents the "Outstanding Wrestler - Higher Weight Class" to Rayne senior Billy Marcantel.  Marcantel, a returning Division III state champion and the #2 seed, defeated a returning Division II state champion in Nick Schneider of Teurlings Catholic, the #1 seed, 12-7 at 182 lbs.

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In Appreciation:

The 2013 Ken Cole Invitation consisted of 417 wrestlers from 64 teams representing 43 schools.  It was run flawlessly by dedicated volunteers who have vast experience in running the Ken Cole as well as many other high school and youth tournaments across the state.

The coaches, of course are responsible for maintaining the program, taking it to compete against other programs and advertising the event as they do.  The Comeaux wrestling coaches are Keith Bergeron, Brad Bergeron, Greg Brune, Todd Guidry, Sean Dale and Trevor Sonnier.

Once the teams have committed and sent in their line-ups, the wrestlers and teams have to be entered into the computer system that runs the tournament.  Brackets need to be printed and posted on the gymnasium walls.  Bout sheets need to be printed, sorted, delivered to scoring tables and, when a bout is over, returned to the office to have the results inputted into the computer which prints new bout sheets as necessary.  Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve the food to the public as well as to prepare the food and drinks in the coaches' hospitality room.  They are required to receive and keep track of those who have paid admission to watch the tournament as well as to sell programs, t-shirts and food tickets.  Scorekeepers are needed at the tables of each of the seven mats used by the tournament and runners are needed to supply new bout sheets to the tables and return finished bought sheets to the tournament computer in the coaches office.  At the end of each day the money received from the sale of food, t-shirts, programs and general admission needs to be counted and measured again inventory.

A brief list of those who helped to make the 2013 Ken Cole a success is presented below.  This list by no means includes everyone whose help "behind the scenes" make this a stellar event every year:

Jill Bellard Madeline Brune Angelle Fitch Steven Lemaire Chantell Raggio
Neil Bellard David Brune Priscilla Girourd Trey Lemaire Karen Rawls
Ann Bergeron Eva Callier Elaine Guidroz Missy Locklear Brandon Reaux
Rhonda Bergeron Dell Callier Coach Byron Guidroz Jennifer Macha Timmy Sue Sellers
Mark Bergeron Dina Caprito Alex Guillory Missy Magnon SHanell Senegal
Wes Bratcher Laurin Dalton Kenny Higginbottom Weldon Magnon Stephanie Shull
Janet Breaux Josh Dalton Paul Jumonville Leona Malveaux Karen Tillman
Sharon Breaux Yvette Duck Christina Landry Gwen Miller Pat Trahan
Darren Broussard Elaine Faul Blake Landry Dana Mosser Monique Veillon
Catherine Brower Milton Faul Christy Lemaire Dawn Ortego Stefanie & Paul Verret

Special thanks need also be accorded to the following groups: Jr. ROTC members, Key Club members, Honor Society members and civics class students.

And when all is said and done on a Friday night...

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Final Team Standings

Place School Points
1 Jesuit 233.5
2 Comeaux 215.5
3 Teurlings Catholic 187
4 Brusly 144
5 Sulphur 132.5
6 Northside 131.5
7 St. Louis 124
8 Parkway 113.5
9 Lafayette 109.5
10 Mandeville 1.6.5
11 North Vermillion 105
12 Rayne 95
13 Huntington 94.5
14 Catholic 93
15 Bossier 84
16 John Curtis 78.5
17 Airline 68
18 Basile 65.5
Place School Points
19 Sam Houston 63.5
20 Byrd 63
21 Carencro 56
22 Calvary Baptist 54
23 Acadiana 51
24 Benton 48
25 Comeaux JV 40
26 De la Salle 38
27 Pearl River 35
28 Grand Lake 34.5
29 Haughton 31.5
T-30 Central 29
T-30 Redemptorist 29
32 St. Thomas More 28
33 Jesuit JV 25
34 Northshore 23
35 Baton Rouge 22
T-36 Northwood 20
Place School Points
T-36 South Plaquemines 20
38 Dunham 18
39 Doyline 17.5
40 Kaplan 16.5
41 Holy Rosary 15
T-42 Calvary Baptist JV 11
T-42 Northside JV 11
T-44 Barbe 10
T-44 Woodlawn 10
T-46 Comeaux Frosh 9
T-46 North Vermillion JV 9
T-46 Pearl River JV 9
49 Church Point 7
T-50 Parkview Baptist 5
T-50 St. Louis JV 5
T-52 Brusly JV 4
T-52 Church Point JV 4
54 Sulphur JV 3

* 10 JV teams tied at 55 with 0 points.

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