Crusaders hot in the finals, yet there was a touch of Frost in the air...
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament: Division I
May 8th, 2019| Written by: Editor





Robbie Dauterive's Brother Martin Crusaders capped off another dominating performance against Louisiana competition and successfully defended their 2018 Division I state championship, starting perhaps another Crusader streak.

The Crusaders entered the tournament with four defending state champions: junior Connor Hoffman and seniors Daniel Croy, Patrick Evans and Mack Brown.  They also had a 2018 runner-up in junior Mason Massicot.  Holy Cross entered with one state champion, senior Michael Lundin, and one runner-up, freshman Jacob Frost.  One of those state champions would not repeat, as Lundin and Hoffman were set to meet in the quarterfinals of the 126 lbs. weight class.  Hoffman probably would have been the #1 seed in the tournament but for an injury suffered at the Louisiana Classic which technically gave him two losses.  If seeding held the two teams were expected to have finalists at 113 lbs. and 160 lbs.

All but one of the Crusaders were seeded in the top six.  The Tigers had 11 top-six seeds.  Yet, at the end of Friday's matches Holy Cross was ahead of the Crusaders by eight points.  After the first two semifinals, that differential widened for the Tigers due to wins by Evan and Jacob Frost at 106 lbs. and 113 lbs.  But Brother Martin responded with semifinals wins at 113 lbs., 120 lbs., 132 lbs., 138 lbs., 145 lbs., 152 lbs. and 160 lbs.  Holy Cross did not get any more finalists until 170 lbs. and 182 lbs.  The Crusaders matched those two with semifinals winners at 220 lbs. and 285 lbs.

With nine finalists for the Crusaders and only four for the Tigers, Brother Martin took the lead and did not look back.

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These Brother Martin Crusaders won the 19th LHSAA Division I Wrestling Championships The Brother Martin Coaching Staff:
Carston Franklin, Will Stall, James Casadaban, Jr., Robert Dauterive, Jake Williams, Nick Shields, Carlos Bertot, Andrew Nicola and Duffy Rousselle.  Nicola will take over as head coach for the 2019-20 season.

Five of the nine Crusader finalists won state titles.  They were Logan Bertot, Daniel Croy (his third), Alex Duncan, Patrick Evans (his second) and Mason Massicot.

Logan Bertot Daniel Croy (3rd Title) Alex Duncan Patrick Evans (2nd title) Mason Massicot

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Of the Tiger's state champion, only Caden Mumme really stood-out, and that is just because his last name is not Frost.  Twin freshmen Evan and Jacob Frost won titles to start the finals, and their older brother Cameron, a senior, "shook off" three previous losses to his finals opponent to win another title for the Tiger's and the Frost household.  This marked the first time three brother won state championships in the same year in any division.

Holy Cross (above) had the first ever sibling trio to win state championships.  Of the next three photographs, on the left is not Jacob, in the center is not Evan and on the right is definitely Cameron.  To the right of Cameron is state champion Caden Mumme

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With state championships won by Luke Eccles and Perry Ganci (his third), Jesuit placed a distant third, followed rest of the Catholic school powerhouses Catholic and St. Paul's, who had a state champion in Cole Ulfers.

St. Amant placed highest among the public schools at 7th, albeit did not win any individual championships.  In eighth place was East Ascension for whom Trent Mahoney won his second state title.  Zachary placed ninth behind a state championship performance by Wes Brady. 

Jesuit senior placers Sam Dreuil (2nd), Darren Ferrier (5th), Perry Ganci (1st), Colby Queyrouze (4th) and Luke Eccles (1st) The 8th-place East Ascension Spartans with now two-time state champion Trent Mahoney. The 9th-place Zachary Broncos with state champion Wes Brady.

Chalmette Owls Grace King Irish

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Outstanding Wrestler

Cole Ulfers of St. Paul - 195 pounds
Seeded sixth at 195 lbs., Ulfers pinned his round-one opponent Tyren Locket of Acadiana in 50 seconds.  In the second-round he pinned Denarius Robinson of Baton Rouge in 1:29.  In the quarterfinals Ulfers defeated third-seeded Logan Heffner of Holy Cross via a 19-3 technical fall in 4:11.  Having won that match, he was expected to meet second-seeded Cameron Frederick of Brother Martin, but Frederick was upset in the first-round by Comeaux senior Jaylon Etienne 6-5.  Etienne won his round-two match over DaVontez Simmons of Hahnville and then defeated seventh-seeded Alex Newman of St. Amant.  In the semifinals, Ulfers made "short work" of Newman, pinning him in 0:23. 

In the finals Ulfers met top-seeded Devon Clark of East Ascension.  Ulfers previously lost a 3-2 match to Clark in the Louisiana Classic consolation semifinals, but this would not be a close match.  After the first period Ulfers led 6-2.  Only one point was scored in the second period, an escape by Clark which made the score 6-3 for Ulfers.  But in the third period Ulfers scored an escape and a reversal, while Clark could only manage an escape, and when the match ended Ulfers had won 9-4.  The last state championship for St. Paul's was won by Cole's older brother Shane in 2017.

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Final Team Scores

Place Team Points Place Team Points Place Team Points Place Team Points
1 Brother Martin 331.5 9 Zachary 130.5 17 John Ehret 56.5 25 Barbe 19
2 Holy Cross 306.5 10 Fontainebleau 101.5 18 Chalmette 48 26 Destrehan 18
3 Jesuit 184.5 11 C. E. Byrd 96.5 19 Baton Rouge 44 27 L. W. Higgins 17
4 Catholic 180 12 Hahnville 88.5 20 Bonnabel 43 28 Grace King 2
5 St. Paul's 178.5 13 Sulphur 77 21 Dutchtown 33 29 Walker 0
6 St. Amant 144 14 Covington 75.5 22 Mandeville 30      
7 East Ascension 134.5 15 Airline 72 23 Lafayette 29      
8 Comeaux 133.5 16 Acadiana 67 24 Central 22      

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