Brother Martin reclaims the Division I team championship
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament: Division I
May 30th, 2018 | Written by: Editor



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Brother Martin has started what might be another string of consecutive state championships.  The Crusaders ran away with the Division I title, besting runner-up by 96.5 points, 319.5 to 233. 

Entering the 2017 state championships the Brother Martin Crusaders only had one returning state champion (Steven Shields), one former state champion (Luke Cotton) and 12 wrestlers who had no state tournament experience.  That combination merited the Crusaders a third-place finish, behind Jesuit and team champion Holy Cross.

In the 2018 state championships the Crusaders again had only one state champion (Daniel Croy) and one former state champion (Luke Cotton).  But three other Crusaders had experience from 2017.  They were runner-up Patrick Evans, third-place winner Mack Brown and fifth-place finisher Noah Roux.

Division I team champions Brother Martin Crusaders and some of the Crusader fans.

On December 15th it appeared that Holy Cross might be able to defend their 2017 state team championship title.  In a dual meet at Brother Martin, the Crusaders won 29-24 in a match that was surprising close in all facets.  But that was all of the "breathing room" Brother Martin would allow a Louisiana team.

The Crusaders won the Trey Culotta for a record seventh time.  They won the Louisiana Classic, defeating Jesuit by 94 points.  In the Division I Dual Meet Championship the destroyed Holy Cross 55-7 and they won the Catholic League Championship by 43.5 points over Holy Cross.  The dual meet between the Crusaders and the Blue Jays was cancelled due to a heart attack suffered by Crusader coach Carlos Bertot.

In this event the Crusaders crowned four state champions, all of whom should return for the 2018-19 season.  Sophomore Connor Hoffman avenged a 106 lbs. dual meet loss with his third straight victory over Holy Cross eighth-grader Jacob Frost.  Defending state champion Daniel Croy wasted little time by recording a first-round pin over Airline junior Peyton Bass at 126 lbs.  Patrick Evans dominated St. Amant's Nakie Brown at 145 lbs., and Mack Brown defeated Jordan Campbell of East Ascension to avenge his only loss of the year for the third time.

Left: Brother Martin head coach Robert Dauterive is interviewed.  Right: Brother martin state champions Connor Hoffman, Daniel Croy, Patrick Evans and Mack Brown.

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Jesuit place 2nd for the eighth time in nine state championships prior to their last win in 2009.  But in the process they won four individual titles.  Adam Larriviere was seeded fourth at 138 lbs., and he upset two-time defending state champion Cole Houser of St. Paul's in the semifinals.  He went on to defeat Comeaux's Dyllon Bernard 5-4 in the finals.  At 152 lbs., Nathan Koenig was seeded third due to some rustiness coming from an injured foot, but come this tournament he was back to state championship caliber, defeating Charlie Hudson of Comeaux, who defeated him twice at the Louisiana Classic, in the semifinals.  In the finals he defeated Grant Hughes of St. Paul's 3-2 to win his second championship.  Paul Treuting was unbeaten at 160 lbs. and denied St. Amant junior Hunter Hawkins a championship in a 9-5 match.  Perry Ganci, the defending 220 lbs. state champion, had the most arduous match, requiring a Sudden Victory period to defeat Zachary's Wesley Brady 3-1.

Jesuit team photograph, coaches and state champions Adam Larriviere (with coach Sheridan Moran), Perry Ganci, Nathan Koenig and Paul Treuting.
Jesuit fans cheering on their Blue Jays, and Blue Jay alums Jackson DeGruy, William Rosevally, Jordan Giewat, Austin Ashburn and Joseph Dupre.

East Ascension sophomore Trent Mahoney won the 132 lbs. weight class and was voted the Division I Outstanding Wrestler.

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Final Team Scores

Comeaux Team Points Place Team Points Place Team Points
1 Brother Martin 319.5 11 Comeaux 104.5 T-20 McKinley 35
2 Jesuit 233 12 Sulphur 60 22 Bonnabel 27
3 Holy Cross 222.5 13 Chalmette 56 23 Central 26
4 St. Paul's 190.5 14 Lafayette 53 24 C.E. Byrd 24
5 Catholic 167.5 15 Acadiana 50 25 Barbe 23.5
6 Airline 143.5 16 Covington 46 26 Destrehan 19
7 East Ascension 142 T-17 Hahnville 45 27 John Ehret 17.5
8 Zachary 124.5 T-17 Dutchtown 45 28 Baton Rouge 9
9 St. Amant 120 19 Mandeville 36 T-29 Denham Springs 0
10 Fontainebleau 111 T-20 Grace King 35 T-29 Walker 0

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