Patron, Jr., Mateu, Pickren seek to repeat as Border Wars champions in Destin
November 29th 2015 | Written by: Editor



At the 2014 South Walton Border Wars New Orleans area schools Jesuit, Rummel and St. Paul's won four championships and one Outstanding Wrestler award between them.  Two of those champions are returning in 2015 to try to repeat that feat this weekend at South Walton High School.

Friday's action will consist of pool rounds from which brackets will be drawn for Saturday.

Rummel freshman Blake Mateu won the 106 lbs. championship in 2014 (avenging an early season loss to Jesuit's Brody Martin in the semifinals).  Jesuit junior Guy Patron, Jr. gave absolutely no quarter in dismantling the 195 lbs. weight class, earning the Blue Jay the Outstanding Wrestler in the heavier weight classes. The Border Wars will be the first event of the season for Patron, Jr. as he helped Jesuit advance to the LHSAA 5A Select football quarterfinals. 

Blake Mateau (Rummel) Guy Patron, Jr. (Jesuit) w/South Walton coach Nick Cary William Pickren (Arnold)

Florida's William Pickren, formerly of South Walton and currently competing for Arnold High School, and who should be pretty well known in Louisiana wrestling circles, will also attempt to take home an second Border Wars title.

Aside from Patron, Jr. Jesuit's squad will include undefeated Joseph Dupre, a 2015 Division I runner-up (as was Patron, Jr.) and undefeated Adam Larriviere.

Joining the Blue Jays and the Raiders in the 2015 Border Wars is Holy Cross, who will bring 2015 Division I state champion Jake Rando (currently undefeated) and 2015 Division I runners-up Beau Bush and Joey Foret.  Dupre and Bush have met once this season, but will be hard pressed to see each other again due to the competition the Border Wars event attracts.  Rummel, aside from the undefeated Mateu, will also have 2015 Division I state champion Josh Ramirez and Robert Fairchild (both of whom are also undefeated this season).

Adam Larriviere (Jesuit) Joseph Dupre (Jesuit) Beau Bush (Holy Cross) Jake Rando (Holy Cross) Joey Foret (Holy Cross)

Last year Vestavia Hills of Alabama won the team championship...barely.  The ended up one-half point ahead of both Springstead and Lake Highland Prep of Florida.  Jesuit placed fourth.

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