2021 Warrior Open final - with photos
November 21st, 2021| Written by: Staff writer



The Warrior Open was held on Saturday, November 6th, at St. Michael the Archangel school in Baton Rouge, Louiisiana.


The tournament pitted 18 teams against each other, albeit no team points were kept.  Wrestlers came from northwest Louisiana, the Lake Charles, Lafayette ,New Orleans and North Shore areas as well as the Baton Rouge area to compete.  

If team points were tallied it is likely Sam Houston would have won the team championship.  The Broncos had three champions, two runners-up, a third-place finisher and a fourth-place finisher.  Shaw was the only other team to win more than one title.  The remaining nine were won by Airline, Baton Rouge, Catholic, Central, Dutchtown, Live Oak, St. Michael, Walker and Zachary.

Trackwrestling brackets in PDF

There were some great matches which likely will be repeated this season.  At 126 lbs., Catholic's Jon Michael Cuba rode Dutchtown junior Cole Mire the entire third period to preserve a 4-3 semifinals score.  It the finals, however, it was Sam Houston freshman Caleb Lavine who rode Cuba for the entire second period before outscoring the Catholic senior 5-1 in the third period to post a 7-5 victory.  Lafayette junior Jenson Bergeron had a tough semifinals match with Zachary senior Voltaire Sanders.  Down 3-0 to start the third period, Bergeron scored all six of his points in the third period in a 6-4 win.

Picking a photo of all of the champions was difficult.  I have never been able to take good "still" photos.  Perhaps it is due to exhaustion, as it seems like the awards ceremonies are always held at the end of events.  Perhaps it is because I have never read the books that came with the cameras, nor the other books I bought specifically detailing how to use each camera.

I do not seem to have that problem as much re action photos.  Perhaps "I'm better when [they] move."
The situation reminds me of a scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid:
I'm better when I move.

I had six photos of the Warrior champions from which to choose.  The first one was the best, and as bad as I think it is, is to the left.  At right is the one I used in the "November th Recap" featuring Mssrs. Wilkinson and Lusby smiling.s Mr. Wilkinson still smiling.

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2021 Warrior Champions

(A full list of placers and brackets may be found on the Louisiana High School Wrestling Archives website.)

106 113 120 126 132 138


Tyson Roach
Sam Houston
Kyle Karcher
Pollex Coleman
Sam Houston
Caleb Lavine
Sam Houston
Cole Gross

St. Michael
Andrew Lusby
Live Oak

152 160 170 182 195 220 285
Ty Parker
Todd Ritter
Kade Moran
Baton Rouge
Evan Kelley
Jacob O'Dell

Bryce Harley

Sam Houston's Caleb Lavine (left) won the Outstanding Wrestler award in the lighter weight classes.    At 126 lbs. the Bronco freshman won his first two matches via falls in 0:40 and 2:46.  He scored a 17-4 major decision in the semifinals before his 7-5 finals win.

Baton Rouge's Kade Moran (right) won the Outstanding Wrestler award in the heavier weight classes.  Moran breezed through his competition, pinning his opponents in 0:27, 1:03, 0:32 and 0:39.

[Left] Some place winners were kind enough to pose for photos.  The first two are Baton Rouge's Berend Grandt, who placed third at 132 lbs., and McKinley's Kyren Pierce, the runner-up at 138 lbs.  Lafayette's Jensen Bergeron received a concussion in the 152 lbs. finals and was kind enough to let everybody see it.

[Right] No doubt a future wrestling Bronco.  But for now - hats are funny!

After waiting for Coach Pat Mahoney to recite "The Ballad of Why 19 East Ascension Wrestlers Are Not Here" to Coach Bill Bofinger, Coach Mark Harter intervened to setup a photograph (oddly not a bad one). 

I could not resist De la Salle's Dylan Duvernay's little sister, Victoria, whose shirt reads "MY BROTHER JUST PINNED YOUR BROTHER."  The shirt was correct four times, as Duvernay tied for third-place (five-match rule).

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