2013 LHSAA State Wrestling Championships: 113 Pounds
Editor: March 27th, 2013

113 Pounds

#1 Mitch Capella of Jesuit vs. #2 Connor Stampley of Comeaux in the Division I finals.
Division I
Bracket Con. Bracket
1st (1) Mitch Capella Jesuit
2nd (2) Connor Stampley Comeaux
3rd (4) Mitch Napoli Catholic
4th (5) Hunter Taylor Lafayette
5th (3) Taylor Gambill Brother Martin
6th (6) Jake Bernard East Ascension
Division II
1st (2) Jacob Chenevert Live Oak
2nd (1) Andrew Aucoin Sam Houston
3rd (3) Alex Simmaly Parkway
4th (7) Lacklan Kritsonis Woodlawn
5th (4) DeCoreyon Howard Huntington
6th (5) Trey Hebert Teurlings Catholic
Division III
1st (1) Raymond Bushnell Basile
2nd (2) Baret Sanchez Brusly
3rd (4) Spencer Savoie Thomas Jefferson
4th (3) Bradley Wright Evangel
5th (8) Brennan Landry North Vermillion
6th (6) Troy Bourgeois Fisher

Division I

Top Eight Seeds
Seed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Wrestler Mitch Cooper-12 Connor Stampley-11 Taylor Gambill-9 Mitch Napoli-11 Hunter Taylor-12 Jacob Bernard-10 Jordan Hernandez-12 Austin Guy-10
School Jesuit Comeaux Brother Martin Catholic Lafayette East Ascension Hahnville Sulphur
Place 1 2 5 3 4 6 DNP DNP

Nineteen wrestlers competed in the Division I 113 lbs. state championships.



Capella pins a Holy Cross opponent.
Jesuit's Mitch Capella
Jesuit senior Mitch Capella was on a mission this year after placing in the runner-up spot in the state tournament in 2012.  He brought a 19-0 record against Louisiana competition into the state tournament.  His overall record was 31-2 with his two losses coming at the Mid-American Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in which he placed fifth.  He defeated the #2 seed Connor Stampley of Comeaux in the finals of the Louisiana Classic 7-2.  His expected finals match-up there was the freshman sensation Taylor Gambill of Brother Martin.  That match was delayed four days until a Brother Martin vs. Jesuit dual meet in which Capella pinned Gambill, seeded #3 in the state tournament, in 1:38.  He beat Mitch Napoli from Catholic, the #4 seed, 7-3 at the Louisiana Classic and he twice beat Holy Cross's expected #1 seed at 113 lbs.  Aside from the Louisiana Classic Capella won the Warrior Open, the Mandeville Open and was undefeated at the Deep South Bayou Duals in Baton Rouge and the Grapevine Duals in Texas.

Rounds 1, 2 and Quarterfinals

All but one of the top-eight seeds advanced to the quarterfinals.  In Round 2 Sulphur's #8 Austin Guy fell to Rummel's Damien Tornabene in 4:59.  In the quarterfinals #1 Capella took care of Tornabene in 0:43.  Hunter Taylor, the #5 seed from Lafayette, upset #4 Napoli 10-6 while the #3 and #2 seeds advanced with major decisions: #3 Gambill 11-2 over #6 Jacob Bernard of East Ascension, and #2 Stampley 12-1 over Hahnville's Jordan Hernandez.
Capella over Damien Tornabene of Rummel. Gambill over East Ascension's Jake Bernard Stampley over Jordan Hernandez of Hahnville.
Stampley over Jordan Hernandez of Hahnville. Stampley over Jordan Hernandez of Hahnville.


Capella had not met the #5 seed Hunter Taylor during the season but had little trouble with the senior from Lafayette, scoring a major 14-2 decision to advance to the finals.  The junior Stampley, who defeated Gambill in the Louisiana Classic consolation semifinals 6-3, had a much easier time in this match, scoring an 11-2 major decision (photos below) to advance to another finals match against Capella.

Consolation Rounds

#4 Napoli and #6 Bernard took the long routes to the consolation semifinals matches.  Bernard pinned Sulphur's Austin Guy in 2:11 and then scored an 8-1 decision over #7 Jordan Hernandez of Hahnville.  But in the consolation semifinals it was #5 Hunter Taylor soundly beating the Spartan for the second time (Taylor won 9-1 in the Spartan Open) in a 14-1 decision.  Napoli got past Cole Escher of Zachary in 1:00 and scored an 8-3 victory over Rummel's Tornabene before facing Gambill in the consolation semifinals.  Napoli had recently defeated Gambill 18-8 in the Louisiana Classic quarterfinals, but Gambill had beaten Napoli 13-9 in a dual meet on January 9th.  This match belonged to the junior from Catholic, though, albeit just barely, 4-3.  Gambill had a hard time with Bernard in the match for fifth place, but won 5-3 in a "Sudden Victory" round.  Napoli had to win in a similar manner against Taylor, only in a match that included more scoring.  Napoli took third for Catholic with a 10-8 "Sudden Victory" win.

Finals: #1 Mitch Capella (Jesuit) versus #2 Connor Stampley (Comeaux)

Capella beat Stampley by five points, 7-2, in the Louisiana Classic.  Stampley, the 2013 Ken Cole champion, shot for Capella's legs early but Capella defended himself well to score a takedown for a 2-0 lead.  Then he added three back points for a 5-0 lead to enter the second period.    After that he concentrated on keeping Stampley from scoring.  Stampley chose to start the third period standing and wanted to get the points back with one throw.  Capella was able to hold off the Spartan and preserve his 5-0 score to win the state championship.  The senior Capella ended his season with a 23-0 (39-2) record while the junior Stampley's season ended 26-4 (32-4) record.

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Division II

Top Eight Seeds
Seed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Wrestler Andrew Aucoin-9 Jacob Chenevert-11 Alex Simmaly-10 DeCoreyon Howard-10 Troy Hebert-9 Jonathan Davadi-10 Lacklan Kritsonis-11 Eric David-9
School Sam Houston Live Oak Parkway Huntington Teurlings Catholic Grace King Woodlawn Baton Rouge
Place 2 1 3 5 4 DNP 4 DNP

Sixteen wrestlers competed in the Division II 113 lbs. state championships.


Holy Cross sophomore Dylan Soileau was expected to be the top seed at 113 lbs. in Division II, but an illness caused him to be "scratched" from the line-up, so the other seeds moved up one.  That put Sam Houston freshman Andrew Aucoin in the top spot.  By virtue of his win over Brusly's Baret Sanchez and an overtime loss by Jacob Chenevert of Live Oak to Sanchez, Aucoin was seeded one spot higher than the #2 Chenevert.  Alex Simmaly of Parkway had a head-to-head loss to Aucoin and was seeded in the third spot.  DeCoreyon Howard of Huntington, who had lost two matches to Simmaly, was seeded fourth.

Round 1 and Quarterfinals

The eight top seeds all advanced to the quarterfinals via falls in Round 1.  An upset was scored in the quarterfinals when #5 Trey Hebert of Teurlings Catholic squeaked past #4 DeCoreyon Howard 11-10.  Otherwise #1 Aucoin pinned #8 David in 2:36, #3 Simmaly decisioned #6 Jonathan Davadi of Grace King 8-3 and #2 Chenevert use little time to pin #7 Lacklan Kritsonis of Woodlawn in 0:29.

#2 Jacob Chenevert of Live Oak vs. #7 Lacklan Kritsonis of Woodlawn. Teurlings Catholic's #5 seed Trey Hebert just got past Huntington's #4 seed DeCoreyon Howard 11-10 in the quarterfinals.


None of the semifinalists wrestled against each other during the 2012-13 season.  But that was of little importance to the top two seeds.  #1 Aucoin pinned #5 Hebert in 3:21 and #2 Chenevert scored a major decision over #3 Alex Simmaly of Parkway 11-2 to join Aucoin in the finals.

Consolation Rounds

#4 DeCoreyon Howard of Huntington pinned Northwood's Jay Combs in 0:37 and Baton Rouge's Eric David in 3:36 before meeting #3 Simmaly after the latter's semifinal loss.  Simmaly, in the regular season, won a close 11-8 match against Taylor and then pinned him in 3:53.  This match was more like their first engagement, with Simmaly winning 7-3 to advance to the consolation finals.  It was #7 Lacklan Kritsonis of Woodlawn who traveled the farthest, though, pinning Benton's Taylor DuBois in 2:35 and then needed a "Sudden Victory" period to defeat Grace King's #6 Jonathan Davadi.  Facing #5 Hebert next Kritsonis needed another "Sudden Victory" period to advance to the consolation finals 6-4.  Hebert and Howard met in the match for fifth place and it was the junior from Huntington who defeated the Brusly freshman by a 13-4 major decision.  In the match for third the two "Sudden Victory" periods may have taken a toll on Kritsonis, as the Parkway sophomore Simmaly was able to score a technical fall 18-2 after three minutes had elapsed.

Finals: #1 Andrew Aucoin (Sam Houston) versus #2 Jacob Chenevert (Live Oak)

The second-seeded Chenevert was able to take down the freshman from Sam Houston with a double-leg shot 28 seconds into the first round. But Aucoin was able to stand-up and turn to catch Chenevert's head and leg, scoring an escape and a takedown, and also putting Chenevert on his back with a nearside cradle.  Chenevert had almost kicked free when the match was stopped due to Aucoin's nose bleeding.  With 28 second left as they restarted, and Aucoin ahead 6-2, Chenevert stood-up and escaped, and then scored another double-leg takedown with 0:09 second remaining.  After the first round the score was 6-5.  Aucoin chose the bottom position in the second round and after some deliberations Chenevert opted to give Aucoin an escape point (and a 7-5 lead), to start the period in the neutral position.  It took 1:05 but Chenevert was able to tie the match 7-7 with another double-leg takedown.  Aucoin was unable to escape and the round ended with the two finalists tied.  Chenevert chose the bottom position in the third period and scored an escape in 17 seconds to take his second lead of the match.  Neither wrestler gave the other any "quarter" in the remaining 1:43, with both attempting takedown shots, but Aucoin needed to score and could not.  Chenevert walked off of the mat a state champion with an 8-7 victory.

Chenevert finished the season at 41-12 (44-12) while Aucoin finished 28-10 in his very successful freshman year.

Chenevert forces Aucoin to the mat for the first takedown. Aucoin tries to escape. Chenevert shoots a double-leg shot. Chenevert hangs onto Aucoin hoping for a whistle.

Aucoin tries to shake Chenevert over his head. Chenevert gets a second period takedown. Chenevert and Aucoin on the podium. Chenevert with his championship bracket.

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Division III

Top Eight Seeds
Seed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Wrestler Raymond Bushnell-10 Baret Sanchez-11 Bradley Wright-9 Spencer Savoie-12 Brittany Bates-9 Troy Bourgeois-8 Edward Daniel-11 Brennen Landry-8
School Basile Brusly Evangel Thomas Jefferson Doyline Fisher Episcopal North Vermillion
Place 1 2 4 3 DNP 6 DNP 5

Fifteen wrestlers competed in the Division III 113 lbs. state championships.


Division III's 113 lbs. weight class was the first bracket to include two returning state champions (see 120  lbs. - Division I) in top-seeded Raymond Bushnell of Basile and second seeded Baret Sanchez of Brusly.  The two had met twice during the year, in the finals of the Brusly Invitational in which Bushnell defeated Sanchez 7-5, and in the quarterfinals of the Ken Cole, in which Bushnell prevailed 4-2.  Hence, Bushnell earned the #1 seed for this tournament.  Sanchez had defeated #3 Bradley Wright of Evangel, who had a 31-2 record which was deemed more impressive than that of the fourth seed, Spencer Savoie of Thomas Jefferson, which was 15-6.  Seeded fifth was Doyline's Brittany Bates.

Rounds 1 and Quarterfinals

All of the top eight seeds won their first round matches, with only Bushnell receiving a bye.  In the quarterfinals Bushnell pinned #8 Brennen Landry of North Vermillion in 3:33 while #4 Savoie decisioned Miss Bates 11-6.  #3Wright scored a 20-4 technical fall over #6 Troy Bourgeois of Fisher (photo left) while #2 Sanchez pinned Lane Daniel of Episcopal in 1:21.


The top-seeded Bushnell had no problems with #4 Savoie, pinning the Thomas Jefferson wrestler in 1:05.  #2 Sanchez was more dominant than in his previous 9-2 win over #3 Wright of Evangel, this time pinning the Eagle in 3:43 to set-up a rematch with Bushnell.  One returning state champion would not have a repeat performance.

Consolation Rounds

Fisher's #6 Bourgeois took the long road to the consolation semifinals, pinning Calvary Baptist freshman Brian Barber in 1:48 (photo left) and Episcopal's #7 Edward Daniel in 3:52.  #4 Savoie had two previous major decisions and one 5-0 decision over Bourgeois and, though this was a closer match, Savoie advanced to the consolation finals with a 5-2 win.  North Vermillion's Brennen Landry went through the bottom half of the consolation bracket by first defeating Richard Smith, III of De la Salle in 2:59 and then #5 Brittany Bates of Doyline 2-1, dashing this year's hopes of the Doyline freshman to be the first female to place in the state tournament.   Landry was no match for #3 Wright, though, who pinned him in 0:48 to advance to the third place match against Savoie.  In the match for fifth place Landry was able to score a 7-4 decision over Bourgeois, scoring more team points for the Patriots of North Vermillion.  In the third place match Savoie outpointed Wright 7-3.  The freshman Wright later admitted that the senior was just able to overpower him.

Finals: #1 Raymond Bushnell (Basile) versus #2 Baret Sanchez (Brusly)

The top-seeded sophomore Bushnell had only lost five times all season, and to competitors like Comeaux's Jacob Dale, Rummel's Tyler Mire and Comeaux's Connor Stampley.  The #2 seeded Sanchez had lost 10 times, but two of those losses, each two-point decisions, had come from Bushnell.  But in this match the Basile sophomore dominated the Brusly junior, putting him on his back in the second period and pinning him in 3:48.  Bushnell, now with two state titles, ended the season with a 26-5 record.  Sanchez still has one year left and finished his junior year 35-11 (42-13).

Sanchez attempts an escape. Bushnell puts Sanchez on his back. Bushnell wins again. Bushnell on the podium.

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