November 17th-20th Recap
November 22nd, 2021| Written by: Staff writer



Many intriguing twists and turns occurred on the wrestling mats on Wednesday, November 17th and on the ensuing weekend.  I did not see any though. 

I kept track a little bit. but ask to be forgiven as my daughter Camille was in town.  (If you were at the state championships last year, she was the one that took the "good" photos.)  We had "Daddy-Daughter Shot Day," and somehow because I also arranged a flu vaccine for her, we left Lakeside Mall an hour later and she had a new iPhone 13 Pro.

Yet on "Daddy-Daughter French Quarter Saturday" we did see something rather impressive.  The friggin' Battle of Issus chess set at M. S. Rau in the French Quarter.  Think of it.  How often does one get close enough to leave fingerprints on, or lean on, a case containing something with an estimated value of $1,650,000.00?  I recall the King Tut exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 1977, but I never got that close.  The Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian came to my mother's mind, but she never got to lean on its case.

I missed some good stuff, though.

Griffin Open Bulldog Brawl Catholic & Jesuit @ Chalmette

Gulf Coast Clash - Mobile, Alabama

Five top Division I and Division II travelled to Mobile for the Gulf Coast Class on Friday and Saturday, November 19th-20th.  Brother Martin, Catholic, Jesuit, Rummel and Teurlings Catholic competed in the 31-team event.

Alabama sent their "guns" too.  Thompson, the 2021 Class 7A Duals State Championships winners and the AHSAA State Championships runners-up, as well as Hewitt Trussville, who finished eighth in the regular state championships and tied for third in the Duals State event, were also there.  There was a Girls Division, a Varsity Division and an Elite Varsity Division.  The Crusaders had their eyes on the Elite Varsity championship.  They got it when Rocco Horvath won his 170 lbs. finals match, giving the Crusaders 203 points.  Thompson had 202.5 points but was finished for the day after their #1-seed was beaten 8-2 at 160 lbs.

(The editor only remembers one event with a tighter finish.  In the 2014 South Walton Border Wars, Vestavia Hills, Alabama scored 272 points.  That was a half-point better than Lake Highland Prep and Springstead, both of Florida, who tied for second with 271.5 points each.)

Catholic placed fifth with 120 points.  Jesuit was 11th, Rummel 15th and Teurlings Catholic placed 24th.

The Crusaders had four individual champions.  Three of them beat Thompson wrestlers on their title runs.  The other beat another New Orleans wrestler who beat a Thompson wrestler.

Freshman Richie Clementi defeated Thomas Giere, a 2021 AL 7A runner-up, 2-0 in the 113 lbs. finals.  En route to the finals Clementi defeated Catholic's Grant Grizzaffi in 3:16.  Sixth-seeded sophomore Jacob Elsensohn, the 120 lbs. champion, defeated Jesuit's Chase Haydel 10-1 MD in the semifinals after the unseeded Haydel defeated Thompson's second seed 5-4.  Elsensohn the Younger beat the top-seed from Hewit Trussville 16-4 MD.  Elsensohn the Elder, senior and 2021 state runner-up Mason, pinned the top-seeded Thompson wrestler in 5:25 before winning his finals match against third-seeded Watts Goodson of Catholic 9-3.  At 170 lbs., title clincher Horvath beat his Thompson opponent 10-3 in the quarterfinals before his 8-4 finals win.

2021 Gulf Coast Clash Louisiana Top-Four Finishers

Weight Name School Place Weight Name School Place
113 Richie Clementi Brother Martin 1st   132 Ethan Boudreaux Teurlings Catholic 3rd
113 Grant Grizzaffi Catholic 4th   152 Jackson Ballay Jesuit 4th
120 Jacob Elsensohn Brother Martin 1st   160 Michael Price Catholic 4th
120 Kyle Houser Catholic 4th   170 Rocco Horvath Brother Martin 1st
132 Mason Elsensohn Brother Martin 1st   182 Winter McConnell Jesuit 4th
132 Watts Goodson Catholic 2nd   195 Jackson Calderado Jesuit 4th

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Griffin Open

Teurlings Catholic dominated the Dutchtown Griffin Open on Saturday, winning seven championships and scoring 240.5 points, 79 more than the host Griffins.  East Ascension placed third with 149 points, three more than fourth-place Zachary.

Zachary's Voltaire Sanders dropped to 145 lbs. and gave Live Oak's Andrew Lusby his first loss of the season in a 6-3 win.  Cole Mire of Dutchtown dropped to 120 lbs. yet is still looking for his first tournament win of the season.  It'll come, but on Saturday he fell to Teurlings Catholic's Ashton Sonnier 6-0. 

2021 Griffin Open Champions

Weight Winner School Weight Winner School
106 Daniel Daspit Teurlings Catholic 152 Foster Shank Dutchtown
113 Brennan Romero Teurlings Catholic 160 John Paul Travasos Teurlings Catholic
120 Ashton Sonnier Teurlings Catholic 170 Zack Watkins Teurlings Catholic
126 Coen Begnaud Teurlings Catholic 182 Kaiden Keller Dutchtown
132 Brandt Babineaux Teurlings Catholic 195 Jason O'Dell Zachary
138 Cole Didier St. Amant 220 Hayden Harms Dutchtown
145 Voltaire Sanders Zachary 285 Ryan Dennis Zachary

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Bulldog Brawl

Host Fontainebleau won the 2021 Bulldog Brawl on Saturday with 216.5 points, besting runner-up Chalmette by 76.5.  De la Salle placed third.  The Bulldogs only had two champions but they had four runners-up and three others who placed third or fourth.

The 160 lbs. finals pitted 7-0 Landen Carroll of Covington against 12-0 Fontainebleau senior Raymond Favaza.  The match was a score fest for the first 3 1/2 minutes until the junior Carroll reversed Favaza to his back and scored a fall.  Tyson Roach and Caleb Lavine won their third titles of the season and both remained undefeated.  Roach pinned all five of his opponents in times of 0:29, 2:51, 0:52, 1:06 and 1:59 and was selected as the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.

2021 Bulldog Brawl Champions

Weight Winner School Weight Winner School
106 Tyson Roach (OW) Sam Houston 152 Miles Edwards Mandeville
113 Christopher Fontenot Fontainebleau 160 Landen Carroll Covington
120 Anthony Perez Chalmette 170 John Gagnon Belle Chasse
126 Caleb Lavine Sam Houston 182 Jason Krail De la Salle
132 Mohammed Gaber Chalmette 195 Nathaniel Theiss St. Paul
138 Caleb Andrews Belle Chasse 220 Gabriel Whittington Pearl River
145 Seth Lewis Fontainebleau 285 Joshua Milton John Curtis

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Catholic and Jesuit at Chalmette

On November 17th Catholic won dual meets 33-30 over Jesuit and 54-15 over host Chalmette.  The Blue Jays defeated the Owls 65-12.

The most noteworthy match was a 120 lbs. match between Jesuit's Chase Haydel and Chalmette's Anthony Perez.    Perez was 7-0 and won the Rummel 8 and the Titan Invitational.  Haydel was 2-2, albeit his losses came from undefeated Jacob Elsensohn of Brother Martin and undefeated Trey Faherty of St. Paul.  Yet Haydel got the win 5-4.  Haydel also defeated Catholic's Kyle Houser 5-3.  Perez beat Houser 7-2, and Houser and Haydel split a few days later at the Gulf Coast Clash.  There are some good Division I wrestlers at 120 lbs., including Dutchtown's Cole Mire now, but to date they are looking at third-place finishes if Elsensohn and Faherty are in the mix.

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