Division II - 170 pounds: Rummel's Ramirez completes perfect season
March 25th, 2016 | Written by: Editor


Though his team dropped to Division II this season, Josh Ramirez of Rummel wrestled as one would expect a defending Division I wrestler would.  Counting the state championships, Ramirez went 41-0, mostly at 182 lbs. but often at 195 lbs.  It was not until January 27th that he competed at 170 lbs., which he did for two matches prior to the trip to Bossier City.  There he recorded two falls and two technical falls, the last of which was a 20-4 decision over Huntington's D'Anta Anderson in the finals.  Actually, Ramirez has not lost a match since the finals of the 2015 Louisiana Classic.


Ramirez won everything, and in convincing manner.  In tournament finals matches his bouts ended as follows: the Raider Invitational - a fall in 4:40; the Brusly 8 - a fall in 0:53; the Trey Culotta - an 18-7 major decision; the Louisiana Classic - a fall in 0:50; the Division II state championships - a 20-4 technical fall.  Along the way he defeated two soon-to-be Division II champions, two defending Division III state champions, and the best of Division I's 182 lbs. competitors, including Airline's Keegan Gilligan, Travis Viener of Brother Martin, the surprise Division I finalists Matthew Putnam of Holy Cross and Brandon Greer of Jesuit, and Division I 195 lbs. finalist Trevon Honor of Hahnville. 

His opponent in the finals was defending Division II state champion D'Anta Anderson of Huntington.  Anderson had 18 wins on the season, including tournament wins at the Lone Survivor and the Shreveport City Championships.  His only losses were to Airline's Keegan Gilligan, who would be the Division I 182 lbs. #1 seed, in a dual meet, and to Comeaux's Kole Miller in the Ken Cole finals.

A surprise in the weight class was the third-place finish of Benton sophomore Jordan Miles, who was seeded seventh.  Miles officially came under the radar LWN at the Ken Cole, at which he lost his first round match via a 22-9 major decision to Carencro's Kordell Williams, but battled back with to place fourth, two spots higher than Williams.

Place Name School Seed Year
1st Josh Ramirez Rummel 1 10
2nd D'Anta Anderson Huntington 2 11
3rd Jordan Myles Benton 7 10
4th Charles Bowah Tara 3 12
5th Tyler Carriere Rayne 4 10
6th Kordell Williams Carencro 5 11

1st 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Josh Ramirez Josh Ramirez D'Anta Anderson Jordan Myles Charles Bowah Tyler Carriere Kordell Williams

Friday Rounds

Round 2: (3) Charles Bowah of Tara over Ben Butkiewicz of Bossier in 3:49. 
(Special attention was paid to Tara senior Charles Bowah as the Trojans, who have had several stand-out wrestlers since their program started in 1971, did not have a presence in the 2014 or 2015 state championships.  Bowah, who placed fourth, led seven Tara wrestlers in Bossier City and five others during the season.  Bowah placed second in the Lone Survivor and third in the Jacob McMillan Memorial.

R2: (4) Carriere (RAY) over Jones (CEN) in 4:57.

R2: (8) Zeno (NS) over Edwards (BC) in 5:18.

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(1) Josh Ramirez (RUM) pinned (8) Byron Zeno (NS) in 2:20.
(4) Tyler Carriere (RAY) pinned (5) Kordell Williams (CAR) in 1:40.
(3) Charles Bowah (TAR) pinned (6) Dane Harter (StMa) in 1:00.
(2) D'Anta Anderson (HNT) defeated (7) Jordan Myles (BNT) via a 19-11 major decision.

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(1) Josh Ramirez (RUM) defeated (4) Tyler Carriere (RAY) via an 18-2 technical fall.
(2) D'Anta Anderson (HNT) pinned (3) Charles Bowah (TAR) in 3:23.

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(7) Jordan Miles (BNT) pinned (3) Charles Bowah (TAR) in 2:33 to win 3rd place.
(4) Tyler Carriere (RAY) pinned (5) Kordell Williams (CAR) in 3:00 to win 5th place.

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(1) Josh Ramirez of Rummel defeated (2) D'Anta Anderson of Huntington via a 20-4 technical fall.

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