Division III - 182 pounds: Herring takes third straight over Rabel for Division III title
March 25th, 2016 | Written by: Editor


Senior Ellis Herring of Episcopal and Dunham's defending freshman state champion Grant Rabel wrestled three times in the regular season.  Two of those matches were 7-6 matches split by the two competitors.  One point again separated the two in the Division III state finals in which Herring won his third match over the freshman in a 6-5 decision.


Senior Ellis Herring of Episcopal and Dunham's defending freshman state champion Gran Rabel had three very close matches during the regular season.  In the finals of the Brusly Invitational, Rabel did not realize he won 7-6 until the official raised his hand after the match was over.  Two weeks later Herring avenged that loss with a 6-2 win over Rabel in the Ken Cole finals.  The two met again in the Greater Baton Rouge Championships finals, a match Herring also won 7-6.  During the season Herring also placed second in the Zachary Big Horse.

Rabel, a Division III state champion in 2015 as an eighth-grader, placed second in the Big Horse and fourth in the Louisiana Classic, in which he made St. Amant's Jordan Averette work hard for a 6-4 win and lasted longer than most against eventual champion Josh Ramirez of Rummel, who took 5:37 to score a fall over the Dunham freshman.  In fact, Averette, Herring and Ramirez were the only opponents to beat Rabel all season.

Actually the top five seeds finished as predicted, with the only unscheduled placer being freshman Darenion Gobert of Church Point, who lost his first match to #5 Sean Barbarin of De la Salle, but came back with an 11-0 major decision, a medical forfeit and then a fall over North Vermillion's Tyler Broussard en route to a sixth-place finish.  Julius Johnson of Kaplan placed third over Jesse Melan of John Curtis and it was De la Salle's Sean Barbarin defeated unseeded freshman Darenion Gobert of Church Point for fifth place.

Place Name School Seed Year
1st Ellis Herring Episcopal 1 12
2nd Grant Rabel Dunham 2 9
3rd Julius Johnson Kaplan 3 11
4th Jesse Melan John Curtis 4 11
5th Sean Barbarin De la Salle 5 11
6th Darenion Gobert Church Point >8 9

1st 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Ellis Herring Ellis Herring Grant Rabel Julius Johnson Jesse Melan Sean Barbarin Darenion Gobert

Friday Rounds

R1: Broussard (NV) over Holquin (TJ) in 3:30.
R1: Rabel (DUN) over Phillips (OC) in 3:32.
R1: Melan (JC) over Nunez (NOMMA) in 1:25.

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(1) Herring (EPI) pinned (8) Sylve (SPL) in 0:42.
(4) Melan (JC) pinned (5) Barbarin (DLS) in 1:48.
(3) Johnson (KAP) defeated (6) Inocencio (DOY) via an injury forfeit.
(2) Rabel (DUN) pinned Broussard (NV) in 3:36.

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(1) Ellis Herring (EPI) pinned (4) Jesse Melan (JC) in 1:49.
(2) Grant Rabel (DUN) pinned (3) Julius Johnson (KAP) in 3:00.

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(3) Julius Johnson (KAP) defeated (4) Jesse Melan (JC) 6-3 to win 3rd place.
(5) Sean Barbarin (DLS) pinned Darenion Gobert (CP) in 2:45 to win 5th place.

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(1) Ellis Herring of Episcopal defeated (2) Grant Rabel of Dunham 6-5.

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