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Warrior Open to feature Division I's "Big Guns"
November 6th, 2014 || Written by: Editor


9th Annual St. Michael the Archangel

Warrior Open

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Wrestling begins at 9:30 a.m.

17521 Monitor Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70817



In the last 10 years 30 teams have placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in Division I.  Twenty-five of those places were won by Brother Martin, Catholic and Jesuit, all of whom will be represented in the 9th annual St. Michael the Archangel's Warrior Open on Saturday.  Add perennial Division III champion Brusly, a veteran Holy Cross team, a rejuvenated Airline team and several other stand-outs from other schools and this makes for an outstanding first tournament of the season.

According to current TrackWrestling rosters twenty-six placers from the 2013, including champions Jake Rovira, Will Lafranca and Guy Patron, Jr. of Jesuit, Chris Zea of Holy Cross and Kendon Kayser of Brusly may participate.  Eight placers from the 2012 event may also be there, including Christopher Marson of Denham Springs, George Benoit of Holy Cross and Brandon Cowell of Dutchtown.  Just for fun, throw in Division I state champions Matthew Mire of Catholic, Steven Shields, Paul Klein and Yehia Riles of Brother Martin, Division II state champion Colt Olinde of Live Oak, Division III state champions Austin Franklin of Brusly, Logan Griffin of Thomas Jefferson (2013) and two-time Division III state champion Raymond Bushnell of Basile.

The twenty-six teams scheduled to participate include the following:

Airline Central Jesuit St. Michael
Basile Comeaux John Ehret Thomas Jefferson
Baton Rough High Denham Springs Live Oak Walker
Belle Chasse Dutchtown McKinley Woodlawn
Brother Martin East Ascension North Desoto Zachary
Brusly Episcopal Rayne  
Catholic High Holy Cross St. Louis Catholic  

Results of the event may be found via The Wrestling Tourney.

If the wrestlers listed on TrackWrestling who are not still playing football participate in the weight classes in which they are certified, then some incredible early season matches could be contested in the following weight classes (notes include state tournament finishes by division and/or Warrior Open finishes):

120 Christopher Marson DS 2012 Champ
Beau Bush HC 2014 DI 5th
Brody Martin JES 2014 DI 5th
Colt Olinde LO 2014 DII State Champ, 2013 Runner-up
Logan Griffin TJ 2013 DIII State Champ, 2014 DIII Runner-up
Griffin and Olinde own state titles as well as runner-up finishes in Divisions III and II respectively, but they should be hard-pressed against the very experienced Martin and Bush.  The return of Denham Springs' Christopher Marson should make this a very interesting weight class.  Marson was forced to sit out the entire 2013-14 season due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the 2013 Louisiana Classic.  In that sophomore year, however, he was undefeated until that point.
126 Austin Franklin BRU 2014 DIII State Champ
Collin Guerra HC 2013 D2 Runner-up
Joseph Dupre JES
Jordan Giewat JES
Raymond Bushnell BAS 2012 and 2013 DIII State Champ, 2013 3rd
Guerra and Bushnell were both having very good seasons prior to being sidelined by injuries prior to the 2014 state championships, and the freshman Franklin peaked perfectly to win a Division III title for the Panthers.  The two Blue Jays, however, should not be overlooked as they had very good USA wrestling seasons.
132 Taylor Gambill BM 2014 DI Runner-up
Dylan Soileau HC 2012 DII 5th, 2012 4th
Gambill will be a favorite to win his first state title come February after coming just short in last year's finals.  Soileau, if he can avoid the injuries which kept him out of the 2012 and 2013 state championships, should be a major factor in his senior year.
138 Paul Klein BM 2012, 2013 & 2014 DI State Champ
Blaine Eisensohn BM Years sparring with Klein, great Jazz Town Duals
Jacob Bernard EA 2014 DI 3rd, 2013 2nd
Joey Foret HC 2014 DI 4th
Peyton Markey JES 2013 2nd
Odds are nobody really wants to be in Paul Klein's weight class this early in the season.  The waters have to be tested but Klein takes everyone seriously.  Bernard is well seasoned and does not give up a lot of points while Foret, as a freshman, had a great year that might have been better had he not had an early season injury.  Markey placed second last year and Eisensohn, well, he showed at the Jazz Town Duals in June that backing up Klein definitely has its rewards.
145 Kendon Kayser BRU 2014 DIII State Champ, 2013 Champ
Jake Rando HC 2014 DI 4th
Brandon Wolfe JES
Maxwell Grosch JES
Kayser may be hard-put to match his 2013-14 season in which he only lost one match by one point (to Ocean Springs' Tristan Rupert, and Kayser got that one back a few weeks later).  Rando had a great freshman season for Jesuit and it will be interesting to see how he matches up with former teammates Wolfe and Grosch.
152 Mason Williams BM 2014 DI Runner-up
Seth Johnson BM 2013 4th
George Benoit HC DI (2014), D2 (2013 & 2013)
Runner-up, 2012 Champion
Johnson was a late starter for the Crusaders in 2014 and was a point away from placing at the state championships.  But Williams and Benoit will be the ones to watch in this weight class, at least for a while until future hydration tests.
160 Christian Walden AIR 2014 DI 3rd, 2013 Runner-up
Daniel Evans BM 2014 DI 4th
Matthew Mire CAT 2014 DI State Champ
Brandon Cowell DUT 2014DI Runner-up, 2012 Champ
Jake Rovira JES 2014 DI 6th, 2013 Champ
Griffin Mason JES 2014 DI 5th
This should be very fun to watch as it could feasibly be the toughest weight class of the tournament.  Cowell and Evans split last season at 145.  Mire won a 152 lbs. Division I state championship for Catholic but did not face Cowell or Evans due to the presence of one James Claitor at 145 lbs. for the Bears.  Walden had a great freshman year, and though some may be initially skeptical at a 34 lb. jump to 160 lbs., this kid has the talent to do that.  Nobody should expect easy matches from the two Blue Jays, though, who were both 2014 state placers.
170 Brice Duhe HC 2014 DI Runner-up
Will Lafranca JES 2014 DI 3rd, 2013 Champ
Evan Palmisano JES 2013 4th
Jack Fontenot JE 2014 DI 5th
Duhe was very comfortable at 170 lbs. last year and will be a favorite to win a title for the Tigers come February.  Lafranca makes nothing easy, though, and should be the Jesuit starter at whatever weight class he chooses, and he could easily justify the move from 138 to 170.  Palmisano should also be a factor after backing up Lafranca and Gaston Eymard last season.  Fontenot's Ken Cole runner-up finish was not unexpected, even if his state finish was, and he should do very well in his senior year for Ehret's new coach Bryan Crayton. 
195 Yehia Riles BM 2014 DI State Champ
Guy Patron, Jr. JES 2014 DI Runner-up
Brody Bonura LO 2014 DII Runner-up, 2013 Runner-up
Live Oak's Bonura has a great resume, but he will be hard pressed with Riles and Patron in this bracket.  Riles won last season's series against Patron 3-2, including a spectacular overtime Division I state finals match, and it will be interesting to see if either drops to 182 after a few early season matches.

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