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Crusaders just plain smoke everybody
December 31st, 2014 | Written by: Editor

(Photo courtesy of Gary Giewat)

We knew they were good.  But few thought they were THIS good:


That is the combined points scored by and scored on the Brother Martin Crusaders en route to a 7-0 dual meet record in capturing their second consecutive Deep South Bayou Duals championship.

And nobody expected the Crusaders would wax the runner-up team from Thompson High School in Alabama, the defending Alabama 6A state champions, 51-15.  Granted, Thompson did not have their state champion 285 lbs. starter, but in a worst-case scenario that would have only made the final score 45-21.  That is still a huge difference from the 29-29 "we have to use criteria h" finals victory last year against Jefferson, GA.

The match marks exactly two years since the Crusaders lost a tournament or a dual meet, which was a December 30th, 2012, semifinals loss to eventual champion MacArthur High School of Oklahoma.

The Crusaders defeated a team from Altus, Oklahoma, in one semifinal match 46-8, while Thompson defeated Holy Cross 38-30 in the other.  Holy Cross, after advancing past Jesuit 41-24, defeated Altus 33-28 to place 3rd.  Catholic defeated Jesuit 50-18 to take fifth place while Liverpool, New York, squeaked past Rummel 39-37 to place seventh.

Champions - Brother Martin Runners-up - Thompson High School of Alabama Third Place - Holy Cross
Fourth Place - Altus High School of Oklahoma Sixth Place - Jesuit Eighth Place - Rummel
Dominic Latona of Thompson, AL (120 lbs.) was voted the Lower Weight Class Outstanding Wrestler Yehia Riles of Brother Martin (182 lbs.) was voted the Higher Weight Class Outstanding Wrestler

The TrackWrestling link for the tournament may be found by clicking here.

More on this event will be published in January.

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