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Brusly, Central and Mandeville to host events this weekend
November 13th, 2015 | Written by: Editor



In southeastern Louisiana wrestling fans (as in those not affiliated with a school or individual wrestler - so it could just be that guy with the camera) have three choices on Saturday.  Brusly is hosting an eight-team dual tournament, Central High School is hosting their Wildcat Open and on the north shore is the Mandeville Open.

Brusly is expected to have Baton Rouge, Catholic, Comeaux, Lafayette, Live Oak, North Desoto and Rummel competing at the Panthers' gym.  Catholic, Comeaux, Lafayette and Live Oak are also listed as participating at the Wildcat Open, but as of Friday evening the Brusly event had individual wrestlers listed, and it is doubtful Brusly would host the event without enough commitments.  Scheduled winners from last week's tournaments are Catholic's Nick Danna, Rummel's Blake Mateu, Robert Fairchild and Josh Ramirez, and Chase Stuckey of Baton Rouge.  Brusly will be anchored by 2014-15 and 2015 Division III state champions Austin Franklin and Richard Hunter.

The Wildcat has been the first Louisiana tournament to count team scores since 2011, according to LHSWA records.  As such, after their performance last week at the Warrior Open, St. Amant should be favored to capture the title.  Look for Clint Brownell, Sage Nugent and Cameron Borne to vie for their second championships in as many weeks, and for Briar Babin, Jesse Braud and Kaelin Lambert to place high as well.  A rematch between Rayne's Cooper Simon, one of last week's Warrior Open Outstanding Wrestler award winners, and Central's defending Division II state champion Austin Gouedy, who was defeated by Simon 10-6 in the semifinals, could comprise one finals match, and the home team's Nick Jones might get a finals rematch with St. Amant's Sage Nugent.  Others to watch based on their performances at St. Michael are East Ascension's Landon Wheat and Benson Davenport, Dutchtown's Luther Jones, Brendan Warner, Mason Fereday and Troy Detweiler, Episcopal's John Rollins, St. Michael's Bradley Brignac, Sam Pitts and Mikey Gordy (and possibly Matthew Matherne and Mathew Webre) of Ouachita Christian, and Central's Tyler Fontenot.

Little is known about the Mandeville Open aside from that it should be the first meeting between Jesuit and Holy Cross, as it was in 2014 when the Tigers dominated the event with seven champions.  Team scores are not kept, but the finals should be dominated by Blue Jays, Tigers and Wolves.  Jesuit edged St. Paul's in a dual meet on November 5th 29-24, but the Wolves rebounded last week to win the Raider Open, in which Holy Cross placed second.

Jesuit will be led by Warrior champions Adam and Eli Larriviere, Joseph Dupre and Nathan Koenig.  Holy Cross has Raider Open champions Jake Rando, Cole Clement, Joey Foret and Spencer Rayes.  The Wolves of St. Paul's feature Raider Open champions Brandon Stein, Shane Ulfers, Billy Harrison and Sam Dufour.  Rando and St. Paul's Hunter Bourgeois may get a rematch of last week's final at Rummel, won by Rando 5-0.

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