Tough day for Louisiana wrestlers in the 2019 U.S. Junior National Duals
Looking forward to the freestyle competition
June 20th, 2019 | Written by: Editor



Has it been said before that the mere experience of wrestling in national events outweighs win-loss records?  If not, then know that it is true.

The Louisiana team at the U.S. Junior National Duals placed eighth in the Red/Blue championship bracket on Thursday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with an 0-4 record.  Eight teams competed in a pool round to determine the eight places in the bracket.  Louisiana lost to Florida first, 56-12.  In their next match they lost to the North Dakota (Blue) team 57-12 and in their final pool match they were defeated by Tennessee 47-24.  The team qualified for the 7th-8th place bracket in which they tied South Dakota 36-36.  However, South Dakota won eight matches to Louisiana's seven, three of which came by forfeit, and were declared the winner via criteria. 

The 2019 U.S. Junior National Duals Team
(not in photograph order):
Dylan Ames, Dai'jon Bibbs, Davis Bourgeois, David Cuccia, Alex Duncan, Mason Eisensohn, Cameron Frederick, Jordan Griffin, Clayton Hill, Jamarius Koshko, Alex Lozano, Brad Mahoney, Mason Massicot, Tanner Melendrez, Avery Porsche, Roberto Rivero, Malik Smith

Jordan Griffin of Live Oak and Roberto Rivero of Grace King won their first matches in the Greco-Roman event.  Brother Martin's Cameron Frederick had the best day that any wrestlers had on both days, going 3-1 on Thursday.

Individual Dual Meet Results

Florida 56-Louisiana 12 North Dakota (Blue) 57-Louisiana 12 Tennessee 47-Louisiana 24 South Dakota 36-Louisiana 36

 The wrestlers, weight classes and their event records are presented below:

Wrestler Weight Pool Record Wrestler Weight Pool Record
Dylan Ames, Comeaux 152 4-4 Jamarius Koshko, East Ascension 132 1-7
Dai'jon Bibbs, Chalmette 195 1-1 w/2 Forfeits Alex Lozano, East Jefferson 170 0-3
Davis Bourgeois, East Ascension 106 1-3 w/4 Forfeits Brad Mahoney, East Ascension 160 1-7
David Cuccia, Fontainebleau 113 1-4 w/3 Forfeits Mason Massicot, Brother Martin 170 1-5
Alex Duncan, Brother Martin 145 3-5 Tanner Melendrez, Fontainebleau 182 1-5 w/2 Forfeits
Mason Eisensohn, Brother Martin 100 0-7 w/1 Forfeit Avery Porsche, Comeaux High 120 1-7
Cameron Frederick, Brother Martin 195-220 3-1 w/1 Forfeit Roberto Rivero, Grace King 285 1-7
Jordan Griffin, Live Oak 138 1-7 Malik Smith, Bonnabel 220 1-2 w/2 Forfeits
Clayton Hill, Live Oak 126 3-5      

On Friday the freestyle event begins with four pool rounds: one with 10 teams, one with nine and the remaining two with eight teams each, comprising a total of 35 teams.  Louisiana will be in an eight-team pool and will face the North Dakota (Blue) team in their first match.  If they win that match, they will face the winner of the Pennsylvania-California (Blue) winner.  Should they lose, they will face the loser of that match.  They should fare better in the freestyle competition, as most if not all of the wrestlers have more experience wrestling freestyle rather than Greco-Roman.  It should be reiterated, though, that the competition in the two tournaments is ferocious.

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