Spartans and Crusaders win team titles; 10 of 11 Bears make finals at Brusly
November 15th, 2021| Written by: Staff writer



East Ascension dominated the Titan Open at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville on Saturday, November 13th, outscoring runner-up Fontainebleau by over 50 points.  Catholic fared the best at the Brusly 8 in which 10 of their 11 entrants advanced to the finals.  In Katy, Texas, Brother Martin won their sixth consecutive Cinco Ranch Big 12 Invitational championship.  They won it from 2014-18 but did not enter the event in 2019 or 2020.  (At some point, doesn't one just stop inviting "that New Orleans team?")

Titan Invitational

East Ascension, with two individual champions and seven top-four placers, won the Lakeshore Titan Invitational on Saturday.  The Spartans scored 199.5 points, besting the Runner-up Fontainebleau Bulldogs by 56.5 points.  Dutchtown placed thirds, followed by Sam Houston and the host Lakeshore Titans.

That the Spartans won the event is not surprising, even though they did have four finalists and two champions.  Dutchtown had four finalists and two champions also, yet placed third, almost 80 points behind the Spartans.  Sam Houston had four finalists and three champions yet placed fourth.   Fontainebleau only had three finalists - two champions and runner-up - yet placed second.  Five of the eight non-finalists Spartan wrestlers placed in the top-four.  Six of the seven non-finalists Bulldogs placed in the top-four.  Wrestle-backs win team championships. 

Last season the Spartans were the first public school to place third in the Division I team standing since 1999.  Sure, they lost 10 of those wrestlers to graduation.  But those wrestlers were training with teammates all season.  A lot of those former training partners are now starters.  Can the Spartans place third again?  Well, the phrase "one thing at a time" comes to mind.  Winning the Titan was one thing.  Winning it by over 50 points without Santos Ramos was another.  Neither of those tops beating Catholic in a dual meet for the first time in 35 tries.  That is like three "one things" in two weeks.  The Spartans are off to a good start.

Also off to a very good start is freshman Caleb Lavine of Sam Houston.  In the Warrior finals he defeated Catholic senior Jon Michael Cuba 7-5 after Cuba defeated Dutchtown's Cole Mire 4-3 in the semifinals.  In the Titan finals, Lavine dispatched Mire 4-2 en route to a 7-0 start.  The Broncos' Tyson Roach is also 7-0 after winning the Warrior and the Titan.

Speaking of freshmen, Dutchtown's Cole Gros is a Warrior and Titan champion.  Gros' record is 8-0.

Chalmette senior Anthony Perez, the 120 lbs. champion, was voted the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.

Place School Points
1st East Ascension 199.5
2nd Fontainebleau 143
3rd Dutchtown 123
4th Sam Houston 120
5th Lakeshore 110.5

Champions and Runners-up

Weight Winner School Runner-up School Score
106 Tyson Roach Sam Houston Dylan Duvernay De la Salle 16-0 TF
113 Luke Caballero St. Louis Drake Edmonds Dutchtown 19-3 TF
120 Anthony Perez (OW) Chalmette Pollex Coleman Sam Houston 16-5 MD
126 Caleb Lavine Sam Houston Cole Mire Dutchtown 4-2
132 Cole Gros Dutchtown Luke Maneckshaw East Ascension 14-2 MD
138 Caleb Andrews Belle Chasse Shane Barbarin De la Salle 0:34
145 Seth Lewis Fontainebleau Kade Miller Lakeshore 3:34
152 Foster Shank Dutchtown Spencer Hughes De la Salle 2:58
160 Landon Carroll Covington Jacob Clement East Ascension 0:34
170 Raymond Favaza Fontainebleau John Gagnon Belle Chasse 1:39
182 Cameron Holmes East Ascension Joshua Eames John Curtis 1:08
195 Jacob Schexnaydre East Ascension Brandon Pierre Lakeshore 2:55
220 Aram Albach Chalmette Christopher Acosta Pearl River 0:12
285 Michael Melendy Sam Houston Riley Halbrook Pearl River 1:57

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Brusly 8

Ten of 11 Catholic wrestlers advanced to the finals of the Brusly 8 on Saturday.  Five of them won.  Baton Rouge had three winners among their seven finalists, and two championships went to both Live Oak and Comeaux.  Lafayette and Brusly had one champion apiece.  Live Oak's Andrew Lusby improved to 10-0, with 10 falls, in winning his second tournament of the season.  Adam Landry of Baton Rouge avenged a semifinals loss in 2:59 at the Warrior Open with a 10-1 major decision over Catholic's Nicholas Migliacio.  Those two should meet again one day. 

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the weekend was Catholic's Richard Carroll's 3-1 Sudden Victory over 2021 Division I runner-up Kade Moran of Baton Rouge.  In the 2020-21 season Carroll started at 170 lbs. and ended up at 152 lbs. at the state championships.  That season started with a loss to 2019 Division II state champion Anthony Dodson of Live Oak in 3:40.  Yet it ended with a very strong effort against 3rd-place winner Luke Battaglia of Jesuit in a 10-6 consolation round loss.  Between those matches he had less than fun encounters with 2021 Dave Schultz Award winner Peyton Ward of St. Paul. the currently undefeated Raymond Favaza of Fontainebleau and 2021 Division I runner-up Eli Hope of Brother Martin.  Master Carroll learned.  He lost his first match of this season at 182 lbs. to Corey Holmes of East Ascension ,who is currently unbeaten this season, but aside from the match against Moran, dominated his opponents with falls of 1:00, 1:00 and a 26-11 technical fall.

Weight Winner School Runner-up School Score
106 Tashawn Lewis Baton Rouge Lane Marino Brusly 0:20
113 Grant Grizzaffi Catholic Lathan Hirschey Live Oak 5:09
120 Cameron Redditt Brusly Gabriel Broussard Baton Rouge 11-5
126 Christian Worley Catholic Lucas Alleman Lafayette 0:46
132 Watts Goodson Catholic Berend Grandt Baton Rouge 1:41
138 Bryce Reiter Comeaux Happy Butler Catholic 6-3
145 Andrew Lusby Live Oak Brandon Medica Catholic 0:56
152 Rayden Ingram Live Oak Avery Porsche Comeaux 0:17
160 Ryder Foreman Lafayette Jude Sonnier Catholic 10-6
170 Richard Carroll Catholic Kade Moran Baton Rouge 3-1 SV
182 Thomas Domange Catholic Adam Zaban Baton Rouge 1:39
195 Wyatt Burke Comeaux Andres Garcia NOMMA 5:02
220 Adam Landry Baton Rouge Nicholas Migliacio Catholic 10-1 MD
285 Derek Vuong Baton Rouge David Russell Catholic 5:57

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Cinco Ranch Big 12 Invitational

After soundly defeating Katy High School 69-9 on November 12th the Brother Martin Crusaders won the Cinco Ranch Big 12 Invitational by 185 points over the host school.  The Crusaders amassed 288 points as all 14 placed in the top six spots.  Four Crusaders won the event while five placed second.

North Desoto also did well, placing fourth with only 10 wrestlers.  Lance Armstrong placed first for the Griffins at 145 lbs.

Christian Otzenberger of Calvary Baptist, the sole Cavalier at the event, placed third at 170 lbs., losing to Horvath in the semifinals.

Crusader senior Rocco Horvath, the 170 lbs. champion, was voted the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.

Brother Martin Placers

Weight Wrestler Place Weight Wrestler Place
106 Logan Dacuyen 2nd 152 Samuel Riles 5th
113 Richie Clementi 1st 160 Ryan Corca 6th
120 Jacob Elsensohn 1st 170 Rocco Horvath 1st
126 Hunter Chabert 2nd 182 Matthew Schneider 5th
132 Mason Elsensohn 2nd 195 Luke Ohler 1st
138 Braden Hite 2nd 220 Christopher Sulli 2nd
145 Kent Burandt 3rd 285 Evan Huling 4th

North Desoto Placers

Weight Wrestler Place Weight Wrestler Place
120 Sam Jones 3rd 170 Hunter Hanson 4th
126 Colin Bell 4th 182 Jacob Freeman 4th
145 Lance Armstrong 1st 195 Caleb Robison 5th
160 Hunter Addison 2nd 285 Kyan Jackson 6th

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