St. Amant's Gators win their third tournament in eight days
December 3rd, 2017 | Written by: Editor



The Gators of St. Amant High School won their third tournament in only eight days by taking the East Ascension Spartan Open title on November 21st, in Gonzales, LA.  Three days earlier, St. Amant triumphed at the Dutchtown Griffin Open.  A week earlier than that, on November 14th, they won the Central Wildcat Invitational.  In each of those events the runner-up trophies were claimed by the Spartans of East Ascension.

The Gators had one tournament champion, senior Hunter Hawkins  (160 lbs.), and three runners-up: Tyree Morris (113 lbs.), Corey Brownell (120 lbs.) and Joseph Cayagao (138 lbs.).

East Ascension, Live Oak and Fontainebleau had three champions each.   For the Spartans they were Trent Mahoney (138 lbs.), David Pellerin (145 lbs.) and Devon Clark (220 lbs.).  Live Oak's champions were Clayton Hill (120 lbs.) and the Ingram Brothers: Camdyn (152 lbs.) and Anthony (285 lbs.).  Fontainebleau's champions were Josh Fitzpatrick (126 lbs.), Tanner Melendrez (170 lbs.) and Adam Lampo (182 lbs.).

The Basile Bearcats' champions were Blake Menier (120 lbs.) and Gavin Christ (132 lbs.).  Bonnabel's Chad Baradell won at 106 lbs. and Gavin Bonilla (195 lbs.) won for the McKinley Lions.  Bonilla also won the Outstanding Wrestler award.

The St. Amant Gators won their third consecutive team championship by 18.5 points over host East Ascension East Ascension, with three champions, place second
The trophy and medals table East Ascension Coach Mike Bernard hands McKinley's Gavin Bonilla, wrestling his first event of the 2017-18 season, the Outstanding Wrestler trophy for his 16-7 win over previously undefeated Dane Harter of St. Michael Basile placed sixth with wins by Blake Menier, Gavin Christ, and a runner-up finish by Alex Menier

 2017 Spartan Invitational Champions
106 113 120 126 132 138 145
  Chad Baradell
Clayton Hill
Live Oak
Blake Menier
Josh Fitzpatrick
Gavin Christ
Trent Mahoney
East Ascension
David Pellerin
East Ascension

152 160 170 182 195 220 285
Camdyn Ingram
Live Oak
Hunter Hawkins
St. Amant
Tanner Melendrez
Adam Lampo
Gavin Bonilla
Devon Clark
East Ascension
Anthony Ingram
Live Oak

*  Usurping the award for Menier are former Bearcat state champion Brenan Langley and current Bearcat state champion Gavin Christ

2017 Spartan Invitational Finals Photos

(Please remember that the photographs below are only from the finals of the tournament.  The runners-up in the final had to earn their way into those matches, just as the champions did.)

106 113 120 126 132 138 145 152 160 170 182 195 220 285


Chad Baradell of Bonnabel defeated Alex Menier of Basile by a 14-5 Major Decision

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Clayton Hill of Live Oak defeated  Tyree Morris of St. Amant 9-5

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Blake Menier of Basile defeated Corey Brownell of St. Amant 5-1

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Joshua Fitzpatrick of Fontainebleau pinned Jaylen Smith of Sam Houston in 4:40

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Gavin Christ of Basile defeated Calep Balcuns of Brusly by a 16-4 Major Decision

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Trent Mahoney of East Ascension defeated Joseph Cayagao of St. Amant by a 13-5 Major Decision

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David Pellerin of East Ascension pinned Zachary Biggs of Summerfield

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Camdyn Ingram of Live Oak defeated Aaron John of St. Louis 12-5

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Hunter Hawkins of St. Amant pinned Shelby Savoie of Comeaux in 2:18

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Tanner Melendrez of Fontainebleau pinned Kyle Chatman of East Ascension in 6:00

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Adam Lampo of Fontainebleau defeated Brandon Revere of Lafayette 9-4

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Gavin Bonilla of McKinley defeated Dane Harter of St. Michael by a 16-7 Major Decision

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Devon Clark of East Ascension pinned Axel Encalada-Arce of Baton Rouge in 3:57

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Anthony Ingram of Live Oak pinned Donald Paul of Comeaux in 2:57

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