Close races abound after Session I of the 2016 LHSAA State Wrestling Championships Update
January 12th, 2016| Written by: Editor



Session I is "in the books" at the 2016 LHSAA State Wrestling Championships in progress today and Saturday at Bossier City's CenturyLink Center.  Most of it went as expected, yet there are a few surprises to report.

That Brother Martin is leading Division I should come as no surprise, but they are only 8.5 points ahead of St. Paul's and 17 points ahead of the fifth-place Holy Cross Tigers.  Jesuit and Comeaux are in the third and fourth spots, respectively.

Live Oak leads Division II with 90 points, closely followed by Teurlings Catholic with 88 and Rayne with 86.  Rummel is in the fourth position, 11.5 points behind Live Oak, and Shaw is currently fifth.

Perhaps most surprising are the Division III team scores.  With 29 points the De la Salle Cavaliers, who were picked by many to win the Division III team title, is in a third place with Basile.  North Vermillion is in second place with 39 points, and the leader after the first session is South Plaquemines, with 50 points.

Division I Division II Division III
Place Team Points
1 Brother Martin 98
2 St. Paul's 89.5
3 Jesuit 88
4 Comeaux 85
5 Holy Cross 81
Place Team Points
1 Live Oak 90
2 Teurlings Catholic 88
3 Rayne 86
4 Rummel 78.5
5 Shaw 70
Place Team Points
1 South Plaquemines 50
2 North Vermillion 39
T-3 Basile 29
T-3 De la Salle 29
5 Kaplan 28

One major Division I upset occurred when top-seeded Keegan Gilligan of the tournament host Airline Vikings was upset 6-5 by Jesuit's Brandon Greer at 182 lbs.  Additionally, Catholic junior Cameron Carpenter, seeded third at 120 lbs., was upset by Hahnville's Robert Bryan via a fall in 4:28.

The 182 lbs. weight class took another "hit" of sorts when third-seeded senior Jordan Averett of St. Amant, despite having a medical clearance form from a dermatologist, was disqualified by the one-site skin check physician.

No other top-four seeds were bested during Rounds One and Two.

The photographs below are a sample of photographs from Session I, not necessarily of actual matches, yet still relevant in their own way.  All were taken by LWN associate photographer Emily Hamann.  (Time did not allow for proper captions.)

The official attendance for the first session was 2,927, which is only 385 less than the attendance of the first session in the 2015 tournament held at the Pontchartrain in Kenner.

The venue of the CenturyLink Center is very amenable to an event of this size.  Spectators are kept off of the main arena floor and there is plenty of room between the barricades around the 10 mats and the arena's inner wall.

The quarterfinals are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Friday, followed by consolation rounds until the end of the session.

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