Tigers have four, Blue Jays two in the 2015 Border Wars finals
December 5th, 2015 | Written by: Editor



2:30 a.m. Section    4:45 p.m. Section

5:15 p.m.

1. Vestavia Hills High School (VHH) 271
2. Holy Cross High School (HCH) 255.5
3. Jesuit High School (JHS) 235.5
4. Tampa Jesuit (TJH) 204.5
5. Arnold (ARN) 196

Vestavia Hills is looking good to repeat as the Border Wars team champion, but Holy Cross is only 15.5 points behind the Rebels.

The Tigers have four finalists trying to cut into that lead: Jacob Spahn at 113 lbs., Cole Clement at 132 lbs., Joey Foret at 152 lbs. and Randel Amos at 285 lbs.  The Blue Jays have two in Nathan Koenig at 138 lbs. and Guy Patron, Jr. at 195 lbs.

In the very talented 126 lbs. weight class neither Jesuit's Joseph Dupre, Holy Cross' Beau Bush nor Arnold's William Pickren advanced to the finals.  Dupre and Pickren lost very close and a little suspect matches in the semifinals.  In the consolation rounds Pickren got past Bush via a last second penalty point, 4-3.

Also tasting defeat for the first time this season was the Tigers' Jake Rando, who fell to Florida state champion Anthony Artalono.  Talk about a tough weight class, Artalono is seeded second behind Union Grove's Justin Ruffin, a Georgia state champion.

The finals matches including New Orleans wrestlers is presented below:

Weight Wrestler School Seed vs. Wrestler School Seed
113 Jacob Spahn Holy Cross 3 vs. Michael Crowder Lincoln 4
132 Cole Clement Holy Cross 2 vs. Richie McClanahan Arnold 1
138 Nathan Koenig Jesuit 6 vs. Max Harris Florida H.S. 1
152 Joey Foret Holy Cross 4 vs. Julian Ramirez Tampa Jesuit 2
195 Guy Patron, Jr. Jesuit 1 vs. Cam Brown Florida H.S. 2
285 Randel Amos Holy Cross 3 vs. Marcus Zeigler Columbia 1

4:45 p.m. Section

Pre-finals report (4:45 p.m.)

Vestavia Hills, AL, Holy Cross and Jesuit led the 2013 team competition at the 2015 South Walton Border Wars after the conclusion of Friday's pool rounds.  

1. Vestavia Hills High School (VHH) 155.00   13. Tampa Prep High Scholl (TPH) 65.50
2. Holy Cross High School (HCH) 150.50   14. Pace High School (PHS) 63.00
3. Jesuit High School (JHS) 141.50   15. Fort Walton Beach (FWB) 60.00
4. Union Grove High School (UGH) 122.50   16. Choctawachee High School (CHS) 58.00
5. Lincoln High School (LIN) 122.00   17. Marianna High School (MAR) 56.50
6. Arnold High School (AHS) 118.00   18. Niceville High School (NHS) 56.00
7. Tampa Jesuit High School (TJH) 114.00   19. Lawton Chiles High School (LCH) 54.00
8. Wakulla High School (WHS) 106.50   20. Mosley High School (MHS) 49.00
9. Luella High School (LHS) 91.00   21. Gilf Breeze High School (GBH) 48.00
10. Florida High School (FHS) 90.50   22. Wewahitchka High School (WEW) 34.00
11. Columbia High Scool (COL) 82.50   23. South Walton High (SWH) 32.00
12. Suwannee High School (SHS) 73.00   24. North Bay Haven (NBH) 24.00

Pool Results


Last year's champion and Outstanding Wrestler Guy Patron, Jr. takes Union Grove's Cambden Johnson off the mat prior to scoring a quarterfinals fall.

Quarterfinal matches for New Orleans wrestlers and Pickrens, and their semifinals opponent (seed) are listed below.  Finalists are in bold.

Weight Wrestler Seed Notes Semis Opponent School
106 Michael Lundin (HC) 2 Lundin defeated Queyrouze in the QTRs Ben Buhle (3) Tampa Prep
106 Colby Queyrouze (JES) 7      
106 Ethan Pickren (ARN) 4 Defeated Bryant Segars of Vestavia Hills Bryson Neace (1) Union Grove
113 Jacob Spahn (HC) 3 Defeated Cameron Hunter of Leuella R.J. Leon (2) Ft. Walton Beach
126 Joseph Dupre (JES) 1 Advanced via a bye Ashton Habeil (5) Tampa Prep
126 Beau Bush 4 Lost to Ashton Habeil of Tampa Prep    
126 William Pickren (ARN) 2 Defeated Saen Hanelley of Lincoln Davion Fairley (3) Union Grove
132 Eli Larriviere (JES) 3 Defeated Gabriel McDaniel of Luella Cole Clement Holy Cross
132 Cole Clement (HC) 2 Defeated Grayton Fishee of Tampa Jesuit Eli Larriviere Jesuit
138 David Clement (HC) 8 Lost to #1 Max Harris of Florida H.S.    
138 Nathan Koenig (JES) 6 Defeated Micah Lanier of Wakulla Wesley Hearsill Vestavia Hills
145 Jake Rando (HC) 3 Defeated Hunter Royce of Wakulla Anthony Artalona (2) Tampa Prep
145 William Rosevalley (JES) 7 Lost to #2 Anthony Artalona of Tampa Prep    
152 Joey Foret (HC) 4 Defeated Chase Cleveland of Ft. Walton Beach Bowman Hill (1) Vestavia Hills
152 Griffin Mason (JES) 7 Lost to #2 Julian Ramirez of Tampa Jesuit    
160 Michael Benton (HC) 4 Defeated Drew Hostetter of Florida H.S. Hayden Hill (1) Vestavia Hills
160 Brandon Greer (JES) 3 Defeated Gavin Venerable of Union Grove Chris Surace (2) Wakulla
170 Spencer Rayes (HC) 5 Defeated #4 Jacie Rudd of Lincoln George Dazzio (1) Vestavia Hills
170 Kyler Pisciotta (JES) 7 Lost to #2 Hunter East of Union Grove    
182 Evan Palmisano 5 Defeated #4 Matthew Putnam of Holy Cross Brian Buser (1) Tampa Jesuit
182 Matthew Putnam (HC) 4 Lost to #5 Evan Palmisano of Jesuit    
195 Guy Patron, Jr. (JES) 1 Defeated Andrew Annard of Wakulla Cambden Johnson (4) Union Grove
285 Randy Amos (HC) 4 Defeated Marcus Mapp of Suwanee Jacob Edwards (2) Vestavia Hills

2:30 a.m. Section

A good Friday for a lot of Louisiana grapplers at 3rd South Walton Border Wars

The final pool competition results and the brackets for Saturday's championship tournament were not available as of 2 a.m. on Saturday morning, and hence the editor could not publish them.  As such, only that which the editor remembers or has heard is presented here (along with some photographs, of course).  When championship brackets are available, as well as pool rounds results, they will be published here promptly.

The championship tournament is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

According to several Vestavia Hills members, the Alabama school is currently in first place.  The first round of scores had Jesuit in 5th place, but those were made available between pool rounds and when a lot of schools had byes.  As such, they meant very little.

Two t-shirts caught the editor's eye and were worth sharing.

The editor does recall the following pertaining to Jesuit and Holy Cross wrestlers, as well as the brother Pickren of Arnold High School, on Friday (wrestlers not noted below to be undefeated does not mean they necessarily lost a match on Friday):

Holy Cross (left) and Jesuit (right) both had scads of parents watching from the stands or at the edges of the mats.

106 Lundin (HC) over Cerillo (NIC) 106 Neace (UG) over Stevens (GB) 106 Queyrouze-(JES) over Munroe (LIN) 120 Graba (TPR) over Ashburn (JES)

126 Bush (HC) over Conrad (TJS) 126 Bush (HC) over Myer (CHC) 126 Dupre (JES) over McCallum (VH) 126 Pickren (ARN) over Knoch (PAC)

132 Estis (VH) over Bigger (FWB) 132 Hunter (WAK) over Smith (CHI) 132 Larriviere (JES) over Ellis (MAR) 138 D. Clement (HC) over Waldon (COL)

145 Rosevalley (JES) over Tuttle (ARN) 152 Foret (HC) over Crum (NIC) 152 Mason (JES) over Finney (LUE) 170 Rayes (HC) over Unknown (NBH)

182 Palmisano (JES) over Delgadillo (SUW) 182 Palmisano (JES) over Williams (LEU) 182 Putnam (HC) over Robinson (FHS) 285 Hart (JES) over Motley (MOS)

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