DI and DIII favorites start distancing themselves; DII is still very close
January 13th, 2016| Written by: Editor



Heavily favorited Brother Martin and De la Salle made substantial gains after the end of Friday's second session of wrestling at the Bossier City CenturyLink Center.  Teurlings Catholic took a 9.5 lead over Rummel after Friday's competition, but Live Oak and Rayne loom close behind.

Division II Team Results and Upsets Division III Team Results and Upsets

Coaches assemble in front of the head table prior to the start of Session II.

Division I

The Crusaders, who had only an 8.5 point lead over St. Paul's after the first session, boasted a 23.5 point lead over the new second place Jesuit Blue Jays.  The current battle for the third spot is very tight, with only 4.5 points separating a surprisingly strong Comeaux team (currently third), St. Paul's (currently fourth) and Holy Cross.

Division I
Place Team Points Semifinalists
1 Brother Martin 171.5 11
2 Jesuit 148 7
3 Comeaux 133 5
4 St. Paul's 132.5 5
5 Holy Cross 128.5 6

With 11 of their 14 wrestlers in the semifinals, the Crusaders seem to be on track to win their fifth consecutive Division I team championship.  Jesuit once again looks to take the runner-up spot as they have seven semifinalists.  Comeaux and St. Paul's each have five in the semifinals while Holy Cross has six.

Division I Upsets:

Four upsets were recorded at 182 lbs.:  #6 Matthew Putnam of Holy Cross defeated #3 Dakota Brogdon of Covington 4-0; unseeded Jakobe Durant of Destrehan defeated #4 Josh Mascaro of St. Paul's 11-10; Durant then lost to #5 Payton Wicker of Zachary in 1:05 who advanced to the semifinals.

By far the biggest upsets of the day were recoded by Jesuit's Brandon Greer.  Being unseeded, Greer had a Round 1 match against David Schaubhut of Hahnville which the Blue Jay won via a fall in 3:16.  Next for Greer was top-seeded Keegan Gilligan of Airline.  Gilligan may have been less than 100%, as he just returned to competition on February 6th for the first time in over a month due to an injury.  Greer, however, competed at 160 lbs. and 170 lbs. the entire season before his first match at 182 lbs., which was a loss to Holy Cross' Matthew Putnam in 5:17.

 Despite Gilligan's time off he still was expected to win over an unseeded former 160-170 pounder who had a 22-13 overall record.  Greer, however, was not only not looking for excuses, but was planning ahead.

In the third period the match was tied 4-4 with 1:06 remaining and the two combatants on their feet.  Greer became the aggressor and shot and scored on a takedown to take a 6-4 lead.  Gilligan was able to escape but Greer held him off for the remaining few seconds to post a 6-5 win.

Greer's next match was against 8th-seeded Nicholas Danna of Catholic.  This was a low scoring affair and with 20 seconds remaining Greer was ahead 2-1.  Danna shot several times and Greer defended himself, albeit he was warned once for stalling.  But he also took shots and when the clock ran to 0:00 had a 2-1 win and a trip to the semifinals.  There he will meet fifth-seeded Payton Wicker of Zachary.

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Division II

In Division II the two-time defending champion Teurlings Catholic Rebels have a 9.5 point lead over Rummel.  Both teams have eight semifinalists, and at 106 lbs. and 113 lbs. they have head-to-head matches.  Live Oak is only a point-and-a-half behind Rummel, but the Eagles only have five in the semifinals, which is one more than fourth-place Rayne, which is three points behind Live Oak.  Shaw remains in fifth place and has six semifinalists, but they have a long way to go to catch either Rayne or Live Oak 

Division II
Place Team Points Semifinalists
1 Teurlings Catholic 152 8
2 Rummel 142.5 8
3 Live Oak 141 5
4 Rayne 138 4
5 Shaw 113.5 6

Division II Upsets:

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Division III

Though leading after the first session by 11 points, South Plaquemines has fallen to third place, four points behind second place North Vermillion and 24 points behind the favored De la Salle Cavaliers.  The defending Division III team champion Brusly Panthers are making a good show and are currently in fourth place.  The race appears to be between the Cavaliers, who have eight semifinalist, and the Patriots, who have six.

Division III
Place Team Points Semifinalists
1 De la Salle 127 8
2 North Vermillion 107 6
3 South Plaquemines 103 4
4 Brusly 95.5 7
5 Basile 84 5

Division III Upsets:

Wrestling starts on Saturday at 9 a.m.  The semifinals are scheduled to start around 10 or 10:30 am.

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