Senior Logan David wins a Basile championship after only three weeks on the mat
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division III, 170 Pounds
May 8th, 2019 | Written by: Editor

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

An injury prevented Basile junior Logan David from competing until January 17th.  Three weeks and two days later, Logan defeated top-seeded Haven Dominguez via a 5-3 Sudden Victory match.

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Name Logan David Haven Dominguez Joseph Belcher Taylor Futch Ty Fontenot Jacques Juneau
School Basile Church Point St. Louis Lakeside South Beauregard De la Salle
Seed 2 1 7 8 6 4
Class Junior Senior Junior Senior Junior Senior
Final Record* 9-1 19-7 19-10 17-15 7-8 13-14

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

Weight Class Synopsis

Church Point senior Haven Dominguez had only one loss to a Division III opponent.  That was to Basile's Isaac Cortez at 182 lbs.  Three of his five other losses came against Division I opponents (6-3 to Evan Ulfers of St. Paul's (DI 6th-place), 11-8 to and Jarin Meyer of Baton Rouge (DI fourth-place) and a 5-3 Sudden Victory to Zachary's Darrien Batiste (winner of the Big Horse, the Spartan JV Invitational and seventh-place in the Trey Culotta).  His remaining two losses were to state champions in Division II (Mataius Lavine of Sam Houston and Kendrall Williams of Carencro).  Earlier in the season he defeated Meyer 7-2, Williams 18-10 and Division III 195 lbs. runner-up Chase Spooner 7-6.  He placed fourth in the Jacob McMillan and the Ken Cole.  His path to the finals included a tough 7-5 quarterfinals win over Lakeside's Taylor Futch and a fall in 2:27 over De la Salle's Jacques Juneau in the semifinals.

Basile's Logan David, who placed third in 2018, did not start competing in his senior season until January 17th due to an injury.  His sole loss in his six matches prior to the state championships was to Division I's Joshua Vitto of Barbe in the semifinals of the Rayne Invitational, the only tournament David participated in until the state championships (David placed third).  David pinned his way to the finals with falls in 1:20, 3:11 and 5:14 over sixth-seeded Ty Fontenot of South Beauregard.

David had beaten seventh-seeded Joseph Belcher of St. Louis and sixth-seeded Ty Fontenot of South Beauregard in his short season.  Dominguez had defeated fifth-seeded Ashton Gaspard of Kaplan.  Wyatt Coffey of Hannan (3rd seed) and Jacques Juneau of De la Salle (#4 seed) were unknown entities to the two finalists.  The wrestlers in this particular weight class showed absolutely no respect for the painstaking work of the state seeding committee as not one wrestler placed in the spot in which they were seeded.

Early Championship Rounds

R1: Tyrin Hoover (NV) pinned (5) Ashton Gaspard (KAP) in 5:50

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(1) Haven Dominguez (CP) defeated (8) Taylor Futch (LKS) 7-5
(4) Jacques Juneau (DLS) pinned Tyrin Hoover (NV) in 3:00
(6) Ty Fontenot (SB) pinned (3) Wyatt Coffey (HAN) in 3:37
(2) Logan David (BAS) pinned (7) Joseph Belcher (StL) in 3:11

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(1) Haven Dominguez (CP) pinned (4) Jacques Juneau (DLS) in 2:27
(2) Logan David (BAS) pinned (6) Ty Fontenot in 5:14

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Consolation Rounds

C2: (7) Joseph Belcher (StL) pinned Tanner Morgan (EPI) in 1:27

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Championship Consolation Rounds

 (7) Joseph Belcher (StL) defeated (8) Taylor Futch (LKS) 5-2 to place 3rd
 (6) Ty Fontenot (SB) defeated (4) Jacques Juneau (DLS) due to and injury default to place 5th

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(2) Logan David of Basile defeated (1) Haven Dominguez of Church Point 5-3 in Sudden Victory
The first round yielded no points for either wrestler.  In the second period, David took a 1-0 lead with an escape in the first six seconds.  A minute later David scored a takedown via a bear-hug, which Dominguez tried to turn into a head-and-arm throw.  David was able to thwart the throw attempt by freeing his head from Dominguez' grasp, scoring a takedown and building a 3-0 lead.  With 39 seconds remaining Dominguez escaped and the match was 3-1 in David's favor upon entering the third period.  In that period Dominguez cut the lead to 3-2 with an escape after seven seconds had elapsed.  After 25 second went by, David was injured as the two went out of bounds.  The match was resumed after 26 seconds.  With 35 seconds remaining David was warned for stalling.  Seventeen second later, after backing up for a restart, David was penalized a point for stalling which tied the match at 3-3.  A sudden Victory period was required. 

David almost scored on a single-leg attempt at the 30-second mark, but the wrestlers went out of bounds.  With 10 seconds remaining Dominguez tried a double-leg attempt.  David thwarted that attempt by spinning behind Dominguez while both were on their feet, and then lifted Dominguez and put the Church Points wrestler on his hips while maintaining an arm around Dominguez' stomach, earning the winning takedown for a 5-3 victory.

A few spectators disagreed with the takedown call, but a review of the match video confirmed the officials' decision.  Even if it were a suspect call, though, the editor would not mention it here, as criticism of officiating raises the ire of former head official Cliff Strider, an experience the editor has learned to avoid at all times.

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