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Louisiana sends stellar squad to Virginia Beach national competition
March 27th, 2014: | Written by: Editor. Contributor - Coach Kenney Whittle (J.D. in training)



Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
 March 27-30, 2014
  Thirty-eight of Louisiana's finest wrestlers are in Virginia Beach, Virginia for the 25th National High School Coaches Association High School Wrestling National Championships.  The group is coached by Kenny Whittle (Live Oak and Parkview Baptist), Graham Karwath (East Ascension) and Nick Shields (Brother Martin).

The Louisiana contingent is comprised of 15 2014 LHSAA state champions - eight from Division I, three from Division II and four from Division III.  Fifteen Louisiana Schools are represented.

The event consists of five divisions with one division for grades 9-12 and a middle school division.  The high school matches will be wrestled from Friday, March 28th, through Sunday, March 30th.  The middle school tournament will be wrestled on Saturday, March 29th, and Sunday, March 30th.

The following Louisiana wrestlers from the denoted schools are making the trip (state champions in boldface):

Baton Rouge High: Jarrett Moss (160); Brother Martin: Steven Shields (106) Taylor Gambill (126); Seth Johnson (126); Paul Klein (132), Austin Meyn (138/145), Travis Quarterman (160); Brusly: Kendon Lee-Kayser (120), Noah Landry (126), Toby Hebert (132), Trevor Schermer (132/138); C.E. Byrd: Kalik Battle (126), Quinn Gilliam (220); Catholic: James Claitor (145), Matthew Mire (152); Comeaux: Connor Stampley (126); Dunham: Mason Rabel (220), Kirk Wilson (285); East Ascension: Sydney Mitchell (145/152), Dequan Jackson (152), Conor Karwath (285); John Ehret: Jack Fontenot (145); Grace King: Aaron Maddox (152); Live Oak: Colt Olinde (106), Cody Hill (126); Pearl River: Jacob Spohrer (195); Plaquemine: Sterling Saylor (120/126); St. Amant: Joshua Averett (126); Sulphur: Matthew Perez (195).

The tournament is not seeded.  Brackets were not available as of the publication of this article, but will be as they become relevant re the progress of Louisiana participant (and are available on the tournament Website).

FloWrestling is scheduled to stream the entire gamut of high school matches.  "Flowrestling and the NHSCA are excited for the opportunity to amplify the publicity that competing wrestlers receive at the National Championships by providing full LIVE coverage of the event: every single mat will be streamed showing every single wrestler throughout the three-day tournament."  Only FloWrestling Flo-Pro members may received the streamed broadcast.  Flo-Pro memberships are available at $29 per month of, for an annual subscription, 12.99 per month ($150 annually).  To apply for a Flo-Pro membership, click here.

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