Brady wins Zachary's first state title in 11 years
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division I, 220 Pounds
May 8th, 2019| Written by: Editor

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

In their third match of the season, Zachary's Wes Brady reaffirmed his dominance at 220 lbs. with a second pin of Brother Martin junior Kevin West.

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Name Wes Brady Kyle West Ryan Doody Christian Mannino Jace DuFresne Logan Ahlborn
School Zachary Brother Martin Holy Cross Catholic Sulphur Fontainebleau
Seed 1 2 3 Not Seeded 5 Not Seeded
Class Senior Junior Sophomore Sophomore Junior Junior
Final Record* 32-1 24-3 11-3 17-12 30-6 35-16 

*    Louisiana opponents only, not including any types of forfeits, byes or junior varsity events.

Weight Class Synopsis

At the very beginning of the season, it looked as if Holy Cross' Ryan Doody was the one to watch for at 220 lbs.  After winning the Dale Ketelsen and defeating his opponent at a St. Paul's dual meet, he pinned Brother Martin's Kyle West, who was also deemed one to watch. 

The question was "Where is Wes Brady of Zachary?"  in 2018 Brady forced defending Division I 220 lbs. state champion Perry Ganci of Jesuit into a Sudden Victory match.  Actually, that was only a question those who do not keep up with high school football.  Brady was a little busy helping Zachary to a 27-24 win over West Monroe in the 5A state championships, which ended on December 8th.  After that, he had earned a couple of weeks "off."  He probably did not take that long to return to the practice mats, though, as state runners-up tend to want to get on them as soon as they can.  Brady returned for the Trey Culotta Invitational, and looked good, pinning four opponents, winning a 7-1 match and getting through a 7-6 match to make the finals.  That was against West, and West looked very little like he did against Doody 16 days earlier.  West outscored Brady 4-3 in the first period and 4-2 in the second period until he pinned the Zachary senior 3:25.  Now the question seemed to be "who does one want to look out for at 220 lbs., Doody or West?

The answer would not come until the Louisiana Classic, at which Brady, who had not lost a match since the Trey Culotta finals, including winning the Ken Cole, let everyone know it him.  Brady defeated West in the semifinals 12-6 and Doody in the finals with a fall in 0:54.  Doody look pretty good at the Classic, despite not competing in a match for six weeks after the Brother Martin dual to prevent a relapse of an injury he suffered last season.  He defeated the likes of Sulphur's Jace Dufresne and Chalmette's Jalen Ben before meeting Brady in the finals. 

West, who prior to the Trey Culotta also won the Dele Ketelsen Memorial, was 1-1 with Doody but West's win was at a tournament, as he placed third at the Louisiana Classic.  West defeated Doody again at the Catholic League District Championships, solidifying his second-ranked status.  To make the finals West had a hard first-round match against Catholic's Christian Mannino, winning 5-3, but he had an easier time in the second round, scoring a fall in 1:25.  Nicholas Fuselier of St. Amant made West work hard for a 4-1 quarterfinals win, and in the semifinals, West-Doody III took place.  West got past that one 3-1.

Brady's loss to West was his only one during the season.  After the Trey Culotta he won the Ken Cole, the Louisiana Classic and the Greater Baton Rouge Championships.  Brady was 1-1 against West and 1-0 against Doody and thus was the obvious #1 seed.  And he wrestled like it on his way to his second Division I title match.  In the first two rounds he scored falls in 0:18 and 1:30.  In the quarterfinals he recorded a fall in 5:16, and in the semifinals against Dufresne he won in 5:52.

Early Championship Rounds

R1: (5) Jace DuFresne (SUL) defeated Jalen Ben (CHL) via injury default
R1: (3) Ryan Doody (HC) pinned Darnell Taylor (BRB) in 1:50; R1: Romulus Culpepper AIR) pinned Matthew Gros (StP) in 4:42
R1: (2) Kyle West (BM) defeated Christian Mannino (CAT) 5-3
R2: (4) Logan Brimmer (HNV) pinned Romulus Culpepper (AIR) in 2:22

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(1) Wes Brady (ZAC) pinned (8) Axel Encalada-Arce (BR) in 5:16
(5) Jace DuFresne (SUL) defeated (4) Logan Brimmer (HNV) 8-9 TB-1
(3) Ryan Doody (HC) defeated (6) Jacob Kieff (JES) 5-4
(2) Kyle West (BM) defeated (7) Nicholas Fusilier (SUL) 4-1

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(1) Wes Brady (ZAC) pinned (5) Jace DuFresne (SUL) in 5:52
(2) Kyle West (BM) defeated (3) Ryan Doody (HC) 3-1

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Consolation Rounds

C3: Christian Mannino (CAT) defeated James Rushing (BYR) 6-3

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(3) Ryan Doody (HC) pinned Christian Maninno (CAT) in 3:49 to place 3rd
 (5) Jace DuFresne (SUL) received a forfeit from Logan Ahlbon (FNT) to place 5th

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(1) Wes Brady of Zachary pinned (2) Kyle West of Brother Martin in 5:01
This was a low-scoring affair.  Neither wrestler scored in the first period.  In the second period West, opting for the bottom position, stood-up fast, and though Brady caught and held onto West's ankle for a while, West avoided being taken back down to the mat and got free.  Neither was able to score a takedown during the rest of the round, although with 15 second remaining West was cautioned for stalling.  Hence, entering the third period West was ahead 1-0.  Starting on the bottom in the final period, Brady stood-up and escaped' tying the score 1-1 after 10 seconds.  With 1:10 remaining Brady shot a deep double-leg on West.  West repelled it and as they got to their feet West tried to head-and-are throw Brady.  Brady's arms, however, and his hips, were lower than West's, allowing Brady a more powerful situation.  Brady pulled West over his hips and straight to West's back for a takedown which led to an almost immediate fall in 5:01

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