Basile repeats with ease
April 15th, 2020 | Written by: Editor



After Friday's wrestling the Basile Bearcats held a nine-point lead over a very good Brusly team.  Entering the Saturday rounds the Bearcats had nine semifinalists and the Panthers had eight.  Six Bearcats advanced to the finals but only four Panthers could say the same, and that ended anyone's hopes of defeating the Bearcats for the team title.  In the finals, Basile had five champions and one runner-up.  The Panthers had three champions and one runner-up.  Not that it mattered, but Basile only entered 13 wrestlers to 14 by Brusly and St. Louis.  Basile's state champions were Andre Johnson at 106 lbs., Alex Menier (his third) at 120 lbs., Blake Menier at 132 lbs. (his second), Isaac Cortez and 182 lbs. (his third) and Gabe Duplechin at 220 lbs.

Brusly had three state champions.  Calep Balcuns, at 138 lbs. and Andrew Trahan at 152 lbs. won their second titles.  Joshua Westly won his first state championship at 160 lbs.

Dohnavan McMichael won at 113 lbs. and Alex Yokubaitis snagged his fourth Division III championship at 126 lbs. for St. Louis.  Grayson Pennison of Hannan at 145 lbs., St. Michael's Shad Sheffie won the 170 lbs. title, Chase Spooner of South Beauregard won at 195 lbs. and Datremecious "Trey" White won his second title for Evangel.

Eight Bearcats from their 2020 state championships rosters will return for the 2021 state championships.  They should include two defending state champions, two third-place finishers, one fourth-place finisher and one who was a match away from placing.

The Panthers may have an edge over the Bearcats, on paper at least, in 2021.  They are returning 12 wrestlers from their 2020 state championships teams, including two state champions, two runners-up and nine other placers in the top-six.  But it all comes down to who performs best over one weekend. 

Basile Brusly
Champions - Basile Bearcats Runners-up - Brusly Panthers

Outstanding Wrestler

Isaac Cortez - 182 lbs.
Cortez capped his 23-0 season with his third Division III state championship.  He needed all of 4:27 to do it, pinning all four of his opponents in the first period.

Final Team Scores

Division III

Division III Brackets in PDF

Place School Points Place School Points Place School Points
1 Basile 245 9 St. Michael 87 T-16 Haynes 17
2 Brusly 203 10 Church Point 70 18 Dunham 15
3 St. Louis 176.5 T-11 Kaplan 61 19 Calvary Baptist 12.5
4 Hannan 152 T-11 Bossier 39 T-20 Erath 9
5 De la Salle 143.5 13 Thomas Jefferson 28 T-20 South Plaquemines 9
6 Evangel 139 14 Lakeside 20 22 Episcopal 4
7 John Curtis 124 15 Summerfield 19 23 Einstein CHarter 0
8 South Beauregard 105.5 T-16 DeQuincy 17      

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Individual Champions and Runners-up

Weight Winner School Runner-up Schools Score
106 (1) Andre Johnson Basile (3) Henry Oliver South Beauregard 1:49
113 (2) Dohnavan McMichael St. Louis (1) Kataurio Grigsby Lakeside 8-3
120 (1) Alex Menier Basile (3) Kaul Kayser Brusly 4-3
126 (1) Alex Yokubaitis St. Louis (2) David Diecidue Hannan 15-0 TF
132 (1) Blake Menier Basile (3) Keyshawn Jones St. Louis 5:30
138 (1) Calep Balcuns Brusly (2) Zachary Lauland De la Salle 0:54
145 (2) Grayson Penniston Hannan (5) Michael Gilreath Calvary Baptist 16-15
152 (1) Andrew Trahan Brusly (2) Hunter Langley Basile 15-2 MD
160 (4) Joshua Westly Brusly (2) Nathan Sistrunk Kaplan 7-5 UTB
170 (1) Shad Sheffie St. Michael (3) Mark Pennison Hannan 3:19
182 (1) Isaac Cortez Basile (6) Joseph Belcher St. Louis 1:43
195 (1) Chase Spooner South Beauregard Kemal Robertson St. Louis 5:25
220 (3) Gabe Duplechin Basile (1) Brian Amis Brusly 5-0
285 (1) Datremecious White Evangel (2) Tony Gibson Church Point 5:33

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"Back to Back" Andre Johnson
1st Title
Alex Menier 3rd Title Blake Menier 2nd Title Isaac Cortez 3rd Title Gabe Duplechin
1st Title


Andre Johnson with bracket Bearcat Finalists The repeating Menier brothers The Evangel Eagles - 6th

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