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Few upsets in first day of Louisiana Classic
January 16th, 2015 | Written by: Editor

Day one of the 2015 Louisiana Classic went pretty much as expected.  The Brother Martin Crusaders opened up a probably insurmountable 68.5 lead over Holy Cross (171 points).  Jesuit is in third place with 90.5 and Madill, OK is fourth with 80.  Expect Brother Martin's lead to increase drastically on Saturday as the Crusaders have 11 semifinalists, including all six of their #1 seeds.  The Tigers of Holy Cross should increase their lead over Jesuit and Madill with seven in the semifinals, although only four are favored to continue to the finals.

There were a few first day upsets and, as is usual, most of them involved #5 seeds.  Josh Averett, seeded #5 at 138 lbs., defeated #4 Mitch Vidrine of Catholic 7-3.  At 160 lbs. Dutchtown's #5 Kaleb Faul defeated #4 Jarrett Moss of Baton Rouge in 3:56.  At 195 lbs. # 5 Travis Viener of the Crusaders defeated #4 Travis Santiago of Teurlings Catholic 7-4.

The biggest upset of the day, as in the highest seed to fall, occurred at 220 lbs.  The circumstances are unknown to the writer at this time, but the result was a disqualification win by #7 Jacob Clapp of Brother Martin over #2 Rodrigo Diaz of Lafayette. 

Three unseeded wrestlers advanced to the semifinals.  At 120 lbs. Carencro's Daniel Trappey defeated #4 Raymond Bushnell of Basile 6-2, and followed that with a win over #5 Dominic Dewey of Catholic.  Eighth-grader Grant Rabel of Dunham, at 182 lbs., pulled an upset first over the #5 seed, Connor Ortego of Catholic, via a fall in 3:56, and continued with an 11-10 win over #4 Austin Gary of Carencro.  At 195 lbs. it was St. Paul's Kyle Schech upsetting first #3 Nicholas Cashio of Catholic 5-3, and then #6 Calvin Griffin of Comeaux with a Sudden Victory pin in 6:31.

The most anticipated match of the first day was probably the quarterfinal match-up of former Brother Martin teammates Taylor Gambill and Mason Mauro at 126 lbs.  Gambill, seeded first, was a 2014 Division I state runner-up at 126 lbs.  Mauro, now competing for Archbishop Shaw and seeded 6th (his only two matches prior to this event were on January 7th), is a two time defending Division I state champion, having won titles for the Crusaders at 106 lbs. in 2013 and 113 lbs. in 2014.  In the "reunion" it was Gambill coming out on top via a fall in 4:20.

On Saturday all eyes will be on 132 lbs. when Brusly's #4 Kendon Kayser has another shot at #1 Paul Klein of Brother Martin.  Kayser showed he can compete with Klein in a 7-5 loss to the Crusader at the Deep South Bayou Duals in a match in which he was able to score three escapes and a takedown on the three-time defending Division I state champion.

The semifinals matches are listed below with notes as necessary:

Weight Match Previous 2014-15 Matches/Notes
106 Blake Mateau (RUM) vs. Will Shelby (MAD) Have not wrestled
106 Brody Martin (JES) vs. Chris Zea (HC) Martin has two wins this season
113 Nicholas Shields (BM vs. Austin Franklin (BRU) Have not wrestled
113 Robert Fairchild (RUM) vs. Colt Olinde (LO) Have not wrestled this year;
Olinde was 4-1 last season
120 Nick Lirette (HNV) vs. Daniel Trappey (CAR) Have not wrestled
120 Steven Rumney (BM) vs. Nicholas Des Bordes (MND) Have not wrestled
126 Taylor Gambill (BM) vs. Jacob Bernard (EA) Have not wrestled
126 Collin Guerra (HC) vs. Tyler Ramirez (MAD) Have not wrestled
132 Paul Klein (BM) vs. Kendon Kayser (BRU) Klein has a 7-5 win
132 Rio Zamora (MAD) vs. Brock Bonin (TC) Have not wrestled
138 Joey Foret (HC) vs. Jordan Averett (STA) Have not wrestled
138 Blaine Eisensohn (BM) vs. Antonio Lococo (AIR) Have not wrestled
145 Mason Williams (BM) vs. Christian Walden (AIR) Have not wrestled
145 Samuel Johnson (ZAC) vs. Jake Rando (HC) Have not wrestled
Weight Match Previous 2014-15 Matches/Note
152 George Benoit (HC) vs. Jack Fontenot (JE) Have not wrestled
152 Brandon Cowell (DUT) vs. Matthew Mire (CAT) 1-1 against each other
160 Danny Evans (BM) vs. Kaleb Faul (DUT) Evans has a 3-2 UTB win
160 Koby Mancuso (BRU) vs. Josh Ramirez (RUM) Have not wrestled
170 Brice Duhe (HC) vs. Pierce Williams (BM) Duhe won 15-6 on Wednesday
170 Joseph Kerry (RUM) vs. Kynan Sonnier (TC) Kerry is 2-1 vs. Sonnier
182 Yehia Riles (BM) vs. Grant Rabel (DUM) Have not wrestled
182 Brody Bonura (LO) vs. Jordan Averett (STA) Bonura has an 11-3 win
195 Kendrick Jones (HNV) vs. Travis Viener (BM) Jones has a 16-4 win
195 Guy Patron, Jr. (JES) vs. Kyle Schech (STP) Have not wrestled
220 Brian Arnett (CTR) vs. Nick Simoneaux (LO) Have not wrestled
220 Jacob Clapp (BM) vs. Donald Johnson (BRU) Johnson has a 2-1 win
285 Judge Hartin (MAD) vs. Travis Gardner (HC) Have not wrestled
285 Dominic Carmello (JES) vs. Kirk Wilson (DUN) Have not wrestled

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