New Crusader starters keep Brother Martin the Division I favorite
Brother Martin defeats East Ascension, St. Amant; Gators beat Spartans
November 22nd, 2015 | Written by: Editor



If anyone was worrying whether the Brother Martin Crusaders could adequately replace the six seniors who graduated last year, they should stop.  The Crusaders used 10 wrestlers not on their 2015 state championship roster to defeat East Ascension 75-3 and St. Amant 49-21 last Wednesday evening.  Between them, the new starters scored 10 pins on the evening.  This should not be surprising, of course, as this is Brother Martin - reloading is what they do.

St. Amant shows Ascension Parish dominance with win over East Ascension

Clint Brownell remained undefeated after pinning Kevin Smith in 1:01.
Last year St. Amant won the Jambalaya Cup, the annual competition between the Gators, Dutchtown and East Ascension, the wrestling programs in Ascension Parish, for the first time since 2009.  The Gators showed they should be the favorites to repeat that performance with a 63-18 win over the Spartans.

The Gators, who won the team title at the Central Wildcat Open, netted eight falls while only giving up two, won two decisions and accepted two forfeits in the contest.

Gator senior Clint Brownell remained undefeated on the season (10-0) with a fall in 1:01, and classmates Briar Babin and Kaelin Lambert notched their 10th and 9th victories respectively (against two losses apiece).  Babin scored a fall in 0:38 and Lambert won 8-2.  Junior Cameron Borne, a winner at the Warrior Open, moved his record to 7-1 via a fall in 2:40.

Brownell has dominated his competition so far this year, notching wins at the Warrior Open and the Central Wildcat Open.  He is a pretty safe bet to be the top seed at next week's Spartan Open at East Ascension.

For the Spartans, senior Landon Wheat won his ninth match with a fall in 3:00.  Wheat, whose only loss had been to Jesuit's Adam Larriviere, also won the Wildcat Open. 

Spartans avoid Crusader shutout with tie-breaker win

Garrett Legendre of the Crusaders grabs a single-leg against East Ascension's Joseph Meliet.
Brother Martin ran off 9 matches in a row, including eight falls, to defeat East Ascension 75-3.  The Crusaders' final score also included three forfeits. 

East Ascension sophomore Jordan Campbell, in his first match of the season, was tied 1-1 with the Crusaders' Mohammed Mohammed after six minutes had elapsed.  After a scoreless Sudden Victory period, Campbell scored two nearfall points when in the top position of the first 30-second tie-breaker round.  In the second TB period, starting on the bottom, Campbell scored an escape, a takedown and was awarded a penalty point for a 7-1 victory, the sole win for the Spartans

Without a doubt, the contest between Brother Martin sophomore Garrett Legendre and East Ascension's Joseph Miliet, won by Legendre in 3:09, was the most entertaining of the evening.  The first period included two takedowns, three reversals, one escape and five nearfall points, giving Legendre a 10-6 lead.  Meliet opened the second period with a reversal and two nearfall points to tie the match, but after a minute had gone by Legendre reversed Meliet to his back and kept him there for a fall.

Crusaders gets nipped by Gators in 49-21 win

St. Amant junior Sage Nugent surprised Pierce Williams 3-2 to remain undefeated.
St. Amant is a stronger team than in 2014-15, but proved no real threat to the four-time defending Division I champion Crusaders, falling to Brother Martin 49-21.  Last year a Crusader team with only eight started defeated the Gators 71-3, so Gators coach Brian Hess should optimistic about the rest of the season.  The Gators not only won four matches, but they gave some of the Crusader elite more than they might have expected.

Briar Babin scored the first takedown of his match against two-time defending Division state champion Steven Shields and only trailed 4-3 after the first two minutes.  After escapes in the second and third period, Babin came close to another couple of takedowns, but in the end Shields proved too much by scoring five points to Babin's one for a 9-4 win.

In what most would consider an upset, Warrior and Wildcat Open winner Sage Nugent, a junior, took down 2015 Division I runner-up Pierce Williams in the first period, gave up a match-tying reversal in the second, but scored an escape in the third to eke out a 3-2 win. 

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