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Greater New Orleans has six Prep Slam VII semifinalists in Atlanta; Catholic in second place at Hoover Invitational in Alabama
January 3rd, 2015 | Written by: Editor

Holy Innocents Episcopal School, Atlanta, GA- While the Trey Culotta and Deep South Bayou Duals did not prove to be the tests the Brother Martin Crusaders might have wanted before the Louisiana Classic, Prep Slam VII may be just the ticket.  After Friday's quarterfinals and three rounds of consolation matches the Crusaders find themselves in a rare spot - second - 30 points behind Wyoming Seminary Prep. School of Kingston, Pennsylvania.  Both teams have fourteen wrestlers vying for places, but while they Crusaders have five semifinalists, the Knights have eight.

Crusaders battling Saturday for a trip to the finals are second-seeded Steven Shields at 113 lbs. (the only Crusader facing a Knight in the semifinals), eleventh-seeded Steven Rumney at 120 lbs., second-seeded Paul Klein at 132 lbs., sixth-seeded Seth Johnson at 152 lbs. and third-seeded Yehia Riles at 182 lbs.

A familiar face awaits Seth Johnson, though, in tenth-seeded Sam Dufour St. Paul's, who defeated the 152 lbs. seventh seed 6-4, and then scored a 6-5 win over the guy who defeated the second seed.  Johnson and Dufour have met previously this season with Johnson taking a 6-5 victory in the pool round of the Trey Culotta.  Johnson placed fourth at that event while Dufour placed fifth.

Still competing for the Wolves on Saturday are Cole Houser at 106 lbs., Shane Ulfers at 120 lbs., Billy Harrison at 132 lbs., Hunter Bourgeois at 138 lbs., Blake Huff at 160 lbs., Kyle Schech at 195 lbs., Colin Francis at 22 lbs. and Christian Fortner at 285 lbs.

If a couple of Wyoming Seminary names sound familiar, they should.  Apparently Patrick and Andrew Munn, formerly of Houston St. Thomas, have transferred to Wyoming Seminary for this season.  Andrew placed second to Comeaux's Connor Stampley at the 2013 Woodlands Invitational and placed fifth at the 2013 Trey Culotta.  Patrick is in the semifinals at 138 lbs.  Andrew was the second-seeded wrestler at 152 lbs. who lost to the kid Dufour defeated in the quarterfinals.

Klein faces third-seeded Jake Brindley of Lake Highland Prep. of Florida, who won the South Walton Border Wars in early December, in the semifinals.

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Hoover High School - Hoover, AL - The Catholic Bears are in second place at the Scott Rohrer Hoover Invitational, 30 points behind tournament leader Vestavia Hills, AL, in what appears to be a two team race.  Vestavia Hills placed third at the Trey Culotta and won the South Walton Border Wars.

Thirteen Bears made it to the championship brackets after qualifying after Friday's pool rounds.  Joshua Matthews, at 126 lbs., is seeded first after going 3-0 on Friday.  Cameron Carpenter (106 lbs.), Mitchell Vidrine (140 lbs.) and Matthew Mire (152 lbs.) are seeded second.  Jacob Fereday (145 lbs.) and Nicholas Danna (170 lbs.) also went undefeated on Friday.  Fereday is seeded fourth and Danna fifth in their championship brackets.

Should Mire make the finals it probably will be against Hoover's Jackson Hall.  The two did not meet at the Catholic duals as Catholic and Hoover did not meet.  Hall was also at 160 lbs. during that event while Mire was at 152 lbs.

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