Louisiana garners two All-Americans in Fargo
July 27th, 2017| Written by: Editor



Thirteen Louisiana wrestlers made the trip to Fargo, North Dakota, for the USMC/WUSA Nationals in freestyle and Greco Roman.  Two came back as All-Americans.

At 138 lbs. in the Greco-Roman tournament, St. Paul's Jared Thieler won his first three matches in the Junior championship bracket before losing his first match.  In the consolation rounds Thieler won one match and lost the next two for a 4-3 record.  That was good enough for eighth-place, and All-American status is granted to the top eight wrestlers in a weight class.

All-American Jared Thieler
and Coach Matt Pinero
All-American Jared Thieler with
coaches Matt Pinero
and John Kent
Jared Thieler - 8th-place -
to the right of the marine
Jared Thieler (far left) on the
All-American podium

In the 170 lbs. freestyle tournament, Josh Ramirez won four matches in the Junior championship brackets before hitting a road-block relegating him to the consolation bracket.  There, Ramirez won his first match but lost the final three to record a 5-3 record.  Like Thieler, Ramirez placed eighth and was recognized as an All-American.

Josh Ramirez gets
instructions from
Coach Jon Orillion
Younger brother Jacob
Ramirez gets
instructions from coaches
Dinner after
the wrestling
Josh Ramirez (far left) on the All-American podium

The coaches for Team Louisiana were Jon Orillion, Sheridan Moran (freestyle), John Kent (Greco-Roman), Matt Pinero and Dylan Azinger.

Aside from Thieler and Ramirez, only one other wrestler posted a winning record.  That was Jake Rando, who was 2-2 in Greco-Roman competition and 5-2 in the freestyle event.  Rando left Fargo with a record of 7-4.

Raven Guidry of Acadiana High School, and when college starts, Oklahoma City University, posted a 2-2 record in the Women's Freestyle Nationals
Winning at Fargo Oklahoma City
University Letter of
Intent signing
[Anything I write here will just get me in trouble later - Editor]
"Two and two was definitely not the plan, but I didn't perform like I should have.  I am still trying to get over it, but I have to just look to the future.  On to bigger things!"

 The records of the other participants for Team Louisiana are listed below:

Wrestler Division Weight Freestyle Record Greco Roman Record Overall Record
Raven Guidry Junior 106 2-2 Did not Wrestle 2-2
Sam Dreuil Cadet 100 1-2 Did not Wrestle 1-2
Clayton Hill Cadet 132 1-2 3-2 4-4
Camdyn Ingram Cadet 132 3-2 1-4 4-4
Dylan Ames Cadet 138 Did not Wrestle 0-2 0-2
Jacob Ramirez Cadet 126 0-2 0-2 0-4
Blake Mateu Junior 113 1-2 1-2 2-4
Brice Fisher Junior 170 1-2 Did not Wrestle 1-5*
Brice Fisher Junior 160 Did not Wrestle 0-2 1-5*
Paul Treuting Junior 170 2-2 Did not Wrestle 2-2
Dane Harter Junior 195 0-2 0-2 0-4

* Fisher wrestled 170 lbs. in the Greco-Roman competition and at 160 in the freestyle competition.

This was the last Team Louisiana that will be coached by Rummel coach Jon Orillion, who is moving to Iowa to coach at Loras College.

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