The second of four Carencro Clay brothers wins at 152 lbs.
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division II, 145 Pounds
May 30th, 2018 | Written by: Editor

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

Taylor Clay of Carencro celebrates his domination of the Division II 145 lbs. weight class

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Name Taylor Clay Lance Robinson Charles Travasos Nate Williams Anthony Berlinghof Alex Konnerup
School Carencro St. Michael Teurlings Catholic Haughton Belle Chasse Rummel
Seed 1 2 3 4 5 7
Class Junior Junior Sophomore Junior Senior Senior

Weight Class Synopsis

Carencro's Taylor Clay brought a very impressive 29-5 record to Bossier City, which included wins over Lance Robinson of St. Michael (via a 16-0 technical fall), George Femmer of Teurlings Catholic and Dylan Ames of Comeaux.  He lost only to Division I opponents (all placers in the state tournament) and to Ouachita Christian's Matthew Matherne.  He used a fall in 0:20, a 16-1 technical fall, and took advantage of a semifinals disqualification to advance to the finals.

Lance Robinson of St. Michael had a record of 24-11.  He had wins over Rummel's Dylan Hezeau and Nakie Brown of St. Amant, and his losses were primarily to Division I opposition, save Camdyn Ingram of Live Oak and Deonisio Talbot of Hannan.  Robinson had a tougher route to the finals, with a fall in 4:31, a 15-8 match and a 13-9 semifinals win over #3 Charles Travasos of Teurlings Catholic.

The finals match was a very active affair, but it was dominated by Clay.  Robinson had an early chance, after a Clay arm-drag and ankle-pick were countered with strong hips and a sprawl, which gave Robinson a half-nelson with which he almost scored points, but Clay rolled out of it and scored his own takedown with 1:00 remaining.   That was on the edge of the mat, and just prior to gong out-of-bounds Robinson scored an escape.  The Warrior tried a double-leg shot which Clay defended with his hips and then then sprawled over and spun around Robinson for another two-point takedown.  With a 4-1 lead Clay was to start the second period on top of Robinson.  There he rode Robinson for the entire round using a series of bar-arms and ball-and chains.  Near the end he gained a chicken-wink and a tight-waist and tilted Robinson to score two nearfall points, extending his lead to 6-1.  In the third period Clay sat-out, reached back for Robinson's head and rotated to score a reversal.  He again rode Robinson tightly, and caught him in the middle of a Granby roll, although Clay was unable to score any points.  Eventually Clay used a bar-arm and turk to get another two nearfall points via a tilt, and the match ended with a 10-1 championship for the Carencro wrestler. 

This match-up may be seen again as both Clay and Robinson are juniors.

Third seed Charles Travasos of Teurlings Catholic and fourth seed Nate Williams of Haughton advance to the consolation finals with quick falls over Belle Chasse's Anthony Berlinghoff and Rummel's Alex Konnerup respectively.  Travasos kept the seeding correct with a 7-1 score to place third.  The fifth-seeded Berlinghoff defeated the seventh-seeded Konnerup 2:17 to place fifth.

Early Championship Rounds

R2: (8) Trevor Young (RAY) over Jordan Young (NW) in 3:57

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(1) Taylor Clay (CAR) over (8) Trevor Young (RAY) 16-1 TF
(4) Nate Williams (HAU) over (5) Anthony Berlinghof (BC) in 5:48
(3) Charles Travasos (TC) over Nicholas Dean (PKY) 6-3
(2) Lance Robinson (STM) over (7) Alex Konnerup (RUM) 15-8

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(1) Taylor Clay (CAR) over (4) Nate Williams (CAR) via disqualification
(2) Lance Robinson (STM) over (3) Charles Travasos (TC) 13-9

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Consolation Rounds

C2: Michael Seal (SHW) over Tyler Emory (BNT) 17-9 MD
C2: Jack Manchego (LO) over Cain Gorsche (PR) in 1:48
C3: William Teppenpaw (BOS) over Gabe Reed (STMO) in 2:04

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(3) Charles Travasos (TC) defeated (4) Nate Williams (HAU) 7-1 to place 3rd
(5) Anthony Berlinghof (BC) pinned (7) Alex Konnerup (RUM) in 2:17 to place 5th

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(1) Taylor Clay of Carencro defeated (2) Lance Robinson of St. Michael via a 10-1 major decision

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