Status: Fini

[NOTE: Location and teams have been updated:  click here]

2014 Jazz Town Duals fraught with out-of-state trouble
June 1st, 2014 | Written by: Editor | Contributors: Carl Valley - Team Valley, Iowa; Chris Pickren - South Walton High School
NOTE: It is really too early to speculate about next season so please forgive any perceived sleights in the team descriptions below - they are neither intentional nor well-founded.


(Click the above image for the tournament Website.)
To be held at the Xavier University of New Orleans Athletic Center.

At last season's Deep South Bayou Duals New Orleans' Brother Martin High School and Jefferson High School of Jefferson, Georgia, wrestled to a 29-29 tie in the finals.  Brother Martin was awarded the victory via the eighth tie-breaking criteria.

A few weeks later, Habersham High School hosted the eighth Sham Slam, arguably the Louisiana Classic of Georgia high school wrestling tournaments.  Jefferson came in a respectable second place with 197 points.  But 110 points ahead of them was a team from Archer High School.  The Archer Tigers had four champions and five runners-up - and they only entered wrestlers in 12 of the 14 weight classes.  In the 2014 Georgia Class 6A state championships Archer won their second straight championship by a margin of 65.5 points.  In January Archer won the Georgia Class 6A Duals State Championship (also their second consecutive), defeating their four opponents by average scores of 56.5-10.

Guess which Georgia team is slated to compete in the third Jazz Town Duals.

One might think graduation inflicted some attrition on the Archer team - think again.  Of the 11 Tigers that placed 5th or better in the 2014 Georgia state championships, only one state champion and one 5th-place finisher were lost to graduation.  They return four state champions, three runners-up, one 3rd-place finisher and one 5th-place finisher.  2014-15 is still looking pretty good for Archer.

Other challengers from the east include a team travelling as the South Walton Wrestling Club comprised of members of South Walton High School, Niceville High School, Pace High School and West Nassau High School.  South Walton's Pickren brothers will be on that squad.    Senior Cody placed 5th (albeit he was the #1 seed) in the Florida Class 1A state championships, and his younger brother, sophomore William (also a #1 seed), placed 2nd.  New Orleans area wrestlers may recall the Pickrens from their wins at the 2013 Trygg Memorial Tournament.  Now they have another to contend with - eight-grader Evan. 

Challengers from the north are not lacking either.  Team Valley of Clarion, Iowa, is bringing a Class 1A state champion, two Class 1A state runners-up and two Class 2A state runners-up.  Evansville, Indiana's Mater Dei is bringing wrestlers who placed 3rd, 5th and 6th in the IHSAA State Championships.  Pittsburgh, Kansas, has KSHSAA Class 5A 4th-place and 5th-place finishers.

Houston St. Thomas is bringing three Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) state champions and four TAPPS state runners-up.  One of those is junior Andrew Munn, whom Connor Stampley, the Division I 126 lbs. state champion and Outstanding Wrestler from Comeaux, defeated 8-7 in The Woodlands Invitational in Texas.

To date, it is not known who the Oklahoma Rampage, Team Leonidas (Texas), Miami Elite (Florida) and Back in Black (Florida) wrestling clubs are bringing to the fray.

The Louisiana competition cannot be overlooked, though.

The Crusaders, of course, are returning and reloading a team that should prove harder to beat in the 2014-15 season than last year's state championship team.  They lost three starting seniors but will fill those roster spots quickly.

Jesuit (New Orleans Wrestling Club) may not have as good a chance as they did last year to surpass the Crusaders until the 2015-16 season, as they should not receive as much help from other teams as they did last year, but the Blue Jays should still prove formidable.  They will have experienced senior leadership for a good batch of less experienced grapplers who are getting exposure on the national level in the off-season.

Rick Zimmer's Fontainebleau (Bulldog Wrestling Club) team is coming off one of their best finishes ever at a state championship (9th in Division I) and only lost four team members to graduation.

St. Paul's placed sixth in Division I with no placers aside from the 160 lbs. state champion Tanner LeBlanc.  Five of the Wolves' returning wrestlers were knocked out in the round just before placement points were awarded, though, so the 2014-15 season should be a good one.

With competition this formidable it is easy to forget that this is an off-season event, albeit happily a folkstyle one.  Mitosis pays no heed to one-pound-per-month weight allowances after February - kids grow with reckless abandon and attempts to rein that in are impossible until October.  "Cutting weight" when Ro-Bears is open makes no sense in the Deep South anyway, so expect the 132 lb. kids to be at 145 lbs., the 145 lb. ones to be at 160 lbs., and the like.  No doubt the matches will be fun, as should some of the "Challenge Matches" which will be available for grapplers not scheduled to meet during the course of the event.

All schools are guaranteed eight matches.  As the front runners are determined some teams may opt to use the "free agency" allowance, allowing them to recruit wrestlers to complete rosters and guarantee full lineups for non-championship matches.

For the smaller and oft-times younger wrestlers, a 98 lbs. weight class will be contested.

As of June 1st 28 teams are listed as participating, not including "B" squads from the Crusader Wrestling Club, Evansville Mater Dei and the New Orleans Wrestling Club.  The participation of the B.R.A.W.L. and Live Oak wrestling clubs, as listed on the tournament Website, are not guaranteed.

A summary of the teams and possible entrants attending the 2014 Jazz Town Duals, is presented below (grades listed are for the 2014-15 season; weights and places are from the 2013-14 season):

Lawrenceville, Georgia
2013 & 2014 6A Traditional State Champions
2013 & 2014 Georgia 6A Dual State Champions
Archer Tigers
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight GA 6A State
Vinny Artigues 11 106 3rd
Chris Diaz 11 126 2nd
Grant Aycox 12 132 1st
Thomas Bullard 11 152 1st
Daniel Bullard 11 160 1st
Quinn Miller 10 182 2nd
Elliott Lee 12 195 1st
Florida Panhandle
South Walton H.S., Niceville H.S.,
Arnold H. S., West Nassau H.S., Camden, GA
Back in Black:
2013-14 Results
Name Grade Weight FL State
Dylan Haman 8 98 DNW
Ethan Pickren - SW 8 106 #1 AAU Nov.
William Pickren - SW 10 106 2nd - 1A
Blake Hartzog - NC 12 106 Sta. Qualifier
Richard McClanahan - AR 10 120 2nd - 2A
Alex Cao - SW 11 120 DNW
Brock Carlan - AR 12 126 Sta. Qualifier
Paul Patterson - AR 11 132 Sta. Qualifier
Chase Elmers ? 145 2nd in AZ
Jay Shepherd - Camden ? 145 2nd GA
Cody Pickren - SW 12 145 5th - 1A
Michael Dudzinski - WN 12 160 Sta. Qualifier
Tony Crowell ? 195 Sta. Qualifier
Brusly, Louisiana
3x Defending LA Division III
State Champions
Brusly Panthers
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight LA DIII State
Austin Franklin 10 106 1st
Kendon Lee-Kayser 10 113 1st
Koby Mancuso 12 145 1st
Diondre Dorsey 12 160 2nd
Blayze Olano 11 170 3rd
Jacob McGee 12 182 6th
Dillon Prejean 12 195 1st
Donald Johnson 12 220 2nd
Jo'Vonte Wheeler 12 285 3rd
Mandeville, Louisiana
9th in 2014-15 LA Division I
Bulldog W.C. (Fontainebleau)
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight LA DI State
Zackary Lawson 12 126 DNP
Brandon Verges 12 160 DNP
Ethan Eisenhardt 12 182 3rd
Christian Ponson 12 285 2nd
League City, Texas
Clear Springs, Texas
2013-14 Results

Placed 18th in Texas University Interscholastic League Region III Qualifying Tournament
New Orleans, Louisiana
3x Defending LA DI State Champions
Crusader W.C. (Brother Martin)
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight LA DI State
Steven Shields 10 106 1st
Mason Mauro 12 113 1st (2x)
Taylor Gambill 11 126 2nd
Paul Klein 12 132 1st (3x)
Danny Evans 12 145 4th
Pierce Williams 11 145 DNW
Mason Williams 12 152 2nd
Yehia Riles 12 182 1st
Jacob Clapp 11 220 5th
Cypress, Texas
Cypress Ranch

No information was available at of the publication date.

New Orleans, Louisiana
2014 Division III Runner-up
De la Salle
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight LA DIII State
Glen Gebo 11 126 6th
Raekwon Thomas 11 132 4th
Landon Dorsey 11 145 6th
Daniel Francis 11 195 5th
Trenton Anderson 11 220 6th
Jalen Haydel 11 285 6th
Dunedin, Florida
Dunedin High School
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight FL 1A State
Stephen Nicholls 11 106 Qualifier
Brendan Ditro 11 126 Qualifier
Michael Dunlap 11 195 Qualifier
Easton, Pennsylvania
Easton Area High School
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight PA AAA State
Evan Fidelious 11 126 Qualifier
James Saylor 11 138 Qualifier
Gulf Breeze, Florida

Gulf Breeze, Florida
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight FL 2A State
Chase Blake 11 138 Qualifier
Blake Doerr 12 145 Qualifier
Harrison, Ohio
Southwest Ohio Conference Champions

Harrison, Ohio
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight SWOC
C.J. Brown 12 106 1st
Parker Buschelman 11 113 4th
Chris Frey 11 120 3rd
Josh Huff 11 126 2nd
Bo McIntosh 10 132 1st
Nolan Zeinner 11 182 3rd

Spring, Texas
Klein Oak High School

No information was available at of the publication date.
Leesburg, Georgia
Lee County High School
2013-14 Results
Name Grade Weight GA 5A State
Aaron Maxfield 11 106 Qualifier
Eric Hunter 11 113 Qualifier
Cody Bryant 12 120 Qualifier
Jonah Anderson 11 126 Qualifier
Slater Cruz* 11 132 Qualifier
Brett Butler 12 138 Qualifier
Collins Tensley 11 195 Qualifier

* Hands down the coolest name of the tournament!
Evansville, Indiana
Mater Die (Evansville)
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight ISHSS State
Will Egli 10 106 5th
Alex Johnson 12 120 6th
Nick Lee 10 126 3rd
Miami Elite

No information was available at of the publication date.
New Orleans, Louisiana
2013 & 2014 LA D1 Runner-up
New Orleans Wrestling Club (Jesuit)
2013-14 Results
Name Grade Weight LA D1 State
Brody Martin 106 12 3rd
Ben D'Antonio 12 120 1st
Jordan Giewat 10 120 DNW
Jake Rando 10 126 4th
Will LaFranca 12 138 3rd
Guy Patron, Jr. 11 182 2nd
Dominic Carmello 12 285 3rd
Oklahoma Rampage

No information was available at of the publication date.
Pace, Florida

Pace High School
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight FL 2A State
Tyler Bradley 12 126 Qualifier
Brendan McClendon 12 195 Qualifier
Tres' Dawes 12 220 Qualifier
Pittsburgh, Kansas
Pittsburgh High School
2013-14 Results
Name Grade Weight KS 5A State
Tanner Hitchcock 10 106 5th
Tyler Kester 10 113 4th
Wes Jameson 10 120 Qualifier
Christian Hyde 10 170 Qualifier
Dylan Prince 10 182 Qualifier
Jose Montelongo 12 195 Qualifier
Logan Woods 11 220 Qualifier
Boutte, Louisiana
River Parishes (Hahnville wrestlers listed)
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight LA D1 State
Nicholas Lirette 11 106 2nd
Kendrick Jones 12 195 1st
Covington, Louisiana
6th at LA D1 State Championships
St. Paul's School
2013-14 Results
Name Grade Weight LA D1 State
Mason Rader 10 106 DNP
Steven Van Zandt 11 113 DNP
Shane Ulfers 11 113 DNW
Hunter Bourgeois 11 132 DNP
Seth Dragon 11 138 DNP
Chase Cochran 12 170 DNP
Colin Francis 11 220 DNP
Houston, Texas
2014 TAPPS Runners-up
Houston St. Thomas
2013-14 Results
Name Grade Weight TAPPS State
Will Strickland 11 106 2nd
Eric DeHart 11 113 2nd
Jared Enochs 12 120 2nd
Andrew Munn 11 126 2nd
Patrick Munn 11 132 1st
Patrick Rocha 11 145 1st
Austin Longeria 12 152 3rd
Campbell Clarkson 12 160 1st
Team Leonidas

No information was available at of the publication date.
Clarion, Iowa
Clarion-Goldfield H.S., Clearlake H.S., Fort Dodge H.S., Hampton-Dumont H.S.

Team Valley
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight IHSAA State
Justin Portillo - C-G 11 110 2nd - 1A
Josh Portillo C-G 11 117 1st - 1A
Triston Lara - FD 10 117 4th - 1A
Ryan Leisure - CL 10 124 2nd - 1A
Joel Haberman - G-G 12 149 2nd - 1A
Ryan Anderson - C-G 12 289 2nd - 1A
Marrero, Louisiana

Westbank Wrestling Club (John Ehret wrestlers listed)
2013-14 Results

Name Grade Weight LA D1 State
Joseph Davis-Lucas 11 120 4th
Jack Fontenot 12 152 5th

Back to Top

© 2014 by Louisiana Wrestling News

You may not make electronic copies of these copyrighted materials nor redistribute them to 3rd parties in any form without written permission.