Rebels lead after Friday's matches at the Ken Cole
January 24th, 2020 | Written by: Editor | Photographer: Camille Tyra



100th WIN
St. Amant junior Jaden Snyder recorded his 100th career victory via a 1:29 fall in the second round on Friday.  Snyder was awarded the customary M&Ms package in St. Amant colors and including Snyder's likeness on them, as well as other congratulatory sayings.

The Teurlings Catholic Rebels held an eight-point lead over former Division II nemesis Parkway after Friday's wrestling at Comeaux High School's Ken Cole Memorial.  The Rebels garnered 90.5 points to the Panthers' 82.5.  Sulphur was in third place with 78.5 points, followed by Basile and Catholic with 73.5 and 69.5 points respectively.  The quarterfinals matches are schedule to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Team Standing after Day One

Place Team Points Place Team Points Place Team Points
1. Teurlings Catholic 90.5 6. Comeaux 64 11. East Ascension 49.5
2. Parkway 82.5 7. St. Amant 61 12. John Curtis 48
3. Sulphur 78.5 8. Live Oak 56 13. Zachary 47
4. Basile 73.5 9. Rayne 53 14. Holy Cross 46
5. Catholic 69.5 10. Brother Martin 52 T-15. Hannan & Dutchtown 44

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Parkway has 10 quarterfinalists to Teurlings Catholic's nine.  However, in the eight weight classes in which both teams are represented, the Teurlings Catholic quarterfinalists are seeded higher than the Parkway ones in five of them, giving the Rebels an edge.  Additionally, giving Teurlings Catholic another advantage, is that only three Rebel wrestlers will face higher seeds in the quarterfinals while five Panther wrestlers are seeded lower than their opponents.

As in last week's Louisiana Classic 120 lbs. is a very tough weight class.  Three-time defending Division III state champion Alex Yokubaitis of St. Louis is seeded first.  Joshua Keeler of Parkway, a 2019 Division II runner-up and this season's Trey Culotta champion (as well as the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler) is seeded second while two-time defending Division III state champion Alex Menier is seeded third.

The 120 lbs. weight class, however, pales in comparison to the 138 lbs. bracket.  The top seed is Byrd's Demetri Teddie who has not lost to a Louisiana opponent this season.  Rummel's Jacob Ramirez, last week's Louisiana Classic champion is seeded second.  St. Amant's Corey Brownell, whose only losses came from Teddie (two one-point matches) and Ramirez in the Louisiana Classic finals (6-4).  The fourth seed is Brusly's Calep Balcuns, a defending Division III state champion.  With no disrespect for the fifth and sixth seeds, Andrew Tamburo of Parkway and Jamarius Koshko of East Ascension, there is Caruso Signorelli.  The Holy Cross senior, who placed third in Division I last season and was a Division I runner-up in 2018 and 2017, is seeded seventh.

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Only one top-four seeds did not advance to Saturday's quarterfinals.  Unseeded Daniel Burton of the Sulphur-B team led third-seeded William Billings of Rayne 6-5 until the 5:59 point of the 160 lbs. match.  At the last second Burton was cited for stalling and Billings was award a match-tying point which forced a Sudden Victory period.  Burton scored the last takedown during regulation time and he wasted little time, only 10 seconds, to score another one, giving him an 8-6 win.  Billings will face unseeded Alan Cortez of Lafayette who defeated sixth seed D'Tre Williams of Zachary.

Weight Seed Name School Upset by Seed School Score
160 3 William Billings Rayne Daniel Burton NS Sulphur-B 8-6 SV

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Camille Tyra, the editor's daughter, felt guilty when she found she could not photograph every wrestler on the three mats in the small gym Friday evening.  One knows she tried, though, as she did take over 1,700 photos.  (Her father took all of 330 photos in the same amount of time.)  Upon first review, however, Miss Tyra took some very good shots.

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