Shane Ulfers wins a third Division I championship for St. Paul's
Joins his father on that list (Paul Ulfers won a state championship for Brother Martin in 1986)
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division I, 138 Pounds
May 12th, 2017 | Written by: Editor

Early Championship Rounds Quarterfinals Semifinals Consolation Rounds 3rd and 5th Finals

St. Paul's Shane Ulfers earned a second state championship title to the Ulfers' family with a 6:00 fall over John Ehret's Joshua Bell.  Shane's father, Paul Ulfers, a long-time official, won a state championship for Brother Martin in 1986.

Although the weight class performed as expected, the seeding was a little baffling.  Shane Ulfers of St. Paul's and Joshua Bell of Ehret split matches during the season.  Ulfers defeated Bell while winning the Mandeville Open, and Bell defeated Ulfers in the finals of the Louisiana Classic.  Both had wins over Airline's Joshua Partin, but Partin beat Bell early in the season.  That was enough to seed Ulfers higher than Bell.  The odd part is that Bell was seeded third, while Brother Martin's Ben Wisniewski was seeded second.  The Crusader had a good record of 32-4, but most of his matches were at 132 lbs.  Wisniewski also beat Partin, but that was in the Louisiana Classic consolation finals after Ulfers beat Wisniewski in the semifinals before Bell defeated Ulfers in the finals.  Regardless, Bell had an outstanding season of which he should be very proud.

The seeding made little difference as Ulfers and Bell were the ones to reach the finals.  Ulfers did it with a fall over St. Amant's Seth Signorelli in 1:35, but then had a tough match with Comeaux's Hadley Trahan, which Ulfers won 7-5.  Ulfers wrestled better in the semifinals, defeating fifth-seeded Brady Butler of Holy Cross 9-2.  Wisniewski dropped out of the championship race in the quarterfinals when he was on the short end of a close 3-2 match against Catholic's Lance Blanchard.  Bell had falls of 3:23 and 2:28 before getting past Blanchard in the semifinals 6-5.

During the season Ulfers, who was 37-2, placed second in the Trey Culotta (losing to Brother Martin's Patrick Evans) and the Louisiana Classic (losing to Bell).  He won the South Walton Border Wars via a 15-5 Major Decision over Jesuit's Adam Larriviere.  Ulfers closed out the season with a win at the Dale Ketelsen Memorial.  Bell, with a record of 40-3, placed second at Mandeville, third at the Warrior Open, and then won the Bulldog Brawl, the Trygg Memorial, the Jefferson Invitational, the Jefferson Parish Championships, the Louisiana Classic, the Ken Cole and the District 7A/8A championships.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Shane Ulfers Joshua Bell Brady Butler Lance Blanchard Hadley Trahan Ben Wisniewski
St. Paul's John Ehret Holy Cross Catholic Comeaux Brother Martin
#1 Seed #3 Seed #6 Seed #7 Seed #8 Seed #2 Seed
Senior Senior Sophomore Senior Sophomore Senior

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Early Championship Rounds

Round 1: Dylan Dauphiney (LAF) pinned Bryant Griffin (BON) in1:54.
Round 1: David Pellegrin (EA) pinned Porter Langdon (MND) in 3:30.
Round 1: Joshua Wright (DUT) pined Rafael Santiago (DES) in 3:36.

Round 2: #6 Adam Larriviere (JES) pinned Michal Desselle (SUL) in 4:00.
Round 2: #7 Lance Blanchard (CAT) defeated David Pellerin (EA) via a 10-2 Major Decision.
#8 Hadley Trahan (COM) pinned Jonathan Laguaite (FNT) in 5:16.
#1 Shane Ulfers (StP) pinned Seth Signorelli (StA) in 1:35.

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#1 Shane Ulfers (StP) defeated #8 Hadley Trahan (COM) 7-5.
#5 Brady Butler (HC) defeated #4 Josh Partin (AIR) 10-6.
#3 Joshua Bell (EHR) pinned #6 Adam Larriviere (JES) in 2:28.
#7 Lance Blanchard defeated #2 Ben Wisniewski (BM) 3-2.

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#1 Shane Ulfers (StP) defeated #5 Brady Butler (HC) 9-2.
#3 Joshua Bell (EHR) defeated #7 Lance Blanchard (CAT) 6-5.

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Consolation Rounds

C1: Dylan Dauphiney (LAF) defeated Jarreth Wheeler (COV) 11-6.
C2: Porter Langdon (MND) defeated Signorelli (StA) 8-3.
C3: #6 Adam Larriviere (JES) defeated Porter Langdon (COV) via a 9-0 Major Decision.
CSF: #7 Lance Blanchard (CAT) defeated #8 Hadley Trahan (COM) 4-3 after TB-1.

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Championship Consolation Rounds

#5 Brady Butler (HC) defeated #7 Lance Blanchard (CAT) 9-4 to place 3rd.
#8 Hadley Trahan (COM) pinned #2 Ben Wisniewski (BM) in 3:27 to place 5th.

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Shane Ulfers of St. Pau's pinned John Ehret's Joshua Bell in 6:00.

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