To each his own
Seven area titles settled last weekend
February 4th, 2022| Written by: Staff writer



Screenshot of my memory Cielle dealt cards 
 For those unfamiliar with the “Just Ask CAT!” philosophy, there comes a time, for some of us, when it just does not work.  I reached that time long ago, and hence was troubled trying to find an order in which to recap the area-based tournaments of last weekend.  Should I do it by the best teams that won?  (Just leave the potentialities of such a stupid statement alone).  Perhaps alphabetically by the name of the event, or geographically, which, for one with a B.A. in geography, can lead to so many possibilities?  What about by the number of entries or the number of teams in each event?  I needed some kind of order, and naturally I chose a random one.  I listed the seven events by memory (that just adds to the randomness), numbered them two through eight and found playing cards numbered two through eight (I thought an ace to be biased, somehow, and did not wish to contemplate the one or 11 aspect even though 11 did not apply).  Then I had my sister mix up the cards and deal them out.  It obviously worked, for the first event is one for which I have no photographs.  (She is my CAT – why can I not ask her?!)

Jesse James Southwest Shootout Greater Baton Rouge St. Tammany Parish District 7-8 5A

District 9-5A Northwest LA Regionals Lafayette Metro Donny Burton Memorial Duals Saints Invitational, MS

Jesse James Southwest Shootout

Sulphur won the Jesse James Southwest Shootout with 142 points, outdistancing St. Louis by 11 points.  Sam Houston came in third.  Five members of the Golden Tornadoes won titles while five others took runner-up spots.  The event was held at Sulphur High School.

Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score XX Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score
106 Taylor Nix Sulphur Lawton Royer DeQuincey 24-9 TF   152 Peyton Miller Sam Houston Noah Williamson St. Louis 1:10
113 Luke Cabellero St. Louis Lelyn Saicier Sam Houston 3:08   160 Landon Wright Sulphur Shreve Gage St. Louis 1:37
120 Pollex Coleman Sam Houston Jess LeBlanc Sulphur 0:37   170 Graham Montet St. Louis Kenneth Deville Sulphur 15-0 TF
126 Caleb Lavine Sam Houston Henry Oliver South Beauregard 15-0 TF   182 Graham Conrad St. Louis Shelton Lofton South Beauregard 1:47 & 1:08
132 Henry Hebert St. Louis Alan Mills Sulphur 13-0 MD   195          
138 Daniel Thomas St. Louis Barrett Bertram Sulphur 1:00   220 Blayden Laidlaw Sulphur Clayton Stebbins South Beauregard 0:58
145 Hunter Dawdy Sulphur Isaias LeBaron Sulphur 1:58   285 Keagan Trimm Sulphur Gavyn Elliot South Beauregard 0:38

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Greater Baton Rouge Championships

Catholic had five champions and five runners-up in taking their sixth consecutive Greater Baton Rouge Championships titles and 17th in 18 events (the 2021 tournament was cancelled).  Four Bears won titles while four others won runner-up spots at the event, which was hosted by Catholic. 

Catholic’s finalists may not have any top seeds at the state championships, but the Bears will be represented well in the 2-4 spots in Division I.  Grant Grizzaffi at 113 lbs., Christian Worley at 120 lbs., Watts Goodson at 126 lbs. and Jon Michael Cuba @ 132 lbs. should be in the top four seeding spots.  Dutchtown’s Cole Mire will be a #3 Division I seed at 120 lbs. after a 5-4 win over Worley.   Another Griffin, freshman Cole Gros, continued his comeback tour and placed second, which should earn him a #3 spot at 132 lbs.  Dutchtown’s Hayden Harms should be a #2 seed at 220 lbs. and Griffin senior Tyler Addison should be fourth at 170 lbs.

Live Oak’s Rayden Ingram cemented his spot as the #1 seed in Division I at 145 lbs. with a fall in 2:37 over Zachary’s Voltaire Sanders.  Zachary’s Ashton Freeman will be second-seeded at 285 lbs.

East Ascension’s Santos Ramos completed an undefeated season vs. Louisiana opponents and will be top-seeded for the Spartans at 160 lbs.  Corey Holmes (2nd at 182 lbs.) and Jason Schexnaydre (3rd at 195 lbs.) look to be locks.

Baton Rouge’s Kade Moran looks to be a third seed at 170 lbs.  Moran defeated Catholic’s Richard Carroll in this event, but Carroll has two previous wins over Moran and should be seeded second.  Dutchtown’s Tyler Addison, whom Moran beet in the finals, should be seeded fourth.

Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score XX Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score
106 Layton Hirschey Live Oak Aiden Krass East Ascension 1:23   152 Foster Shank Dutchtown Donnie Middleton Baton Rouge 5-1
113 Grant Grizzaffi Catholic Jesse Maneckshaw East Ascension 9-2   160 Santos Ramos East Ascension Sam Boulet Catholic 1:31
120 Cole Mire Dutchtown Christian Worley Catholic 5-4   170 Kade Moran Baton Rouge Tyler Addison Dutchtown 2:59
126 Watts Goodson Catholic Lucas Maneckshaw East Ascension 9-2   182 Corey Holmes East Ascension Thomas Domangue Catholic 5:24
132 Jon Michael Cuba Catholic Cole Gros Dutchtown 10-4   195 Hayden Harms Dutchtown Jason Schexnaydre East Ascension 6-1
138 Andrew Lusby Live Oak Gregory Walker East Ascension 4:50   220 Jermaine Vessell Catholic Eli Latois Baton Rouge 3:16
145 Rayden Ingram Live Oak Voltaire Sanders Zachary 2:37   285 Ashton Freeman Zachary David Russell Catholic 3:25

2022 GBR Individual Champions 2022 GBR Runner-up East Ascension

Walker's Kye Karcher (3rd @ 113 lbs.) and Live Oak's Kolten West (5th @ 120 lbs.)

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St. Tammany Parish Championships

Lakeshore High School hosted the St. Tammany Parish Championships at which St. Paul had seven champions, three runners-up, and triumphed for the umpteenth time.  The Wolves scored 242.5 points, 81.5 more than runner-up Fontainebleau (161 points).  Hannan, the only other team to break three digits with 130 points, placed third.

Champions preserving a top-four seed at the state championships were Conlan Enk, Jacob Houser, Landry Barker and Ian Lyons of St. Paul, Raymond Favaza of Fontainebleau and Gavin and Preston Gautier of Hannan.

Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score XX Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score
106 Samuel Favaza Fontainebleau Bryce Latino Lakeshore 1:11   152 Preston Gautier Hannan Miles Edwards Mandeville 10-3
113 Conlan Enk St. Paul Seth Grady Fontainebleau 3:40   160 Landry Barker St. Paul Landon Carroll Covington 2:19
120 Trey Faherty St. Paul Asher Wilson Fontainebleau 4-2   170 Raymond Favaza Fontainebleau Jared Paulino St. Paul 1:39
126 Collin Cusimano St. Paul Marlon Gray Fontainebleau 12-3 MD   182 Jackson Peak St. Paul Dylan Talley Covington 2:24
132 Kyle Lunsford Fontainebleau Brycen Dupre St. Paul 3:15   195 Wade Rist Hannan Sam Gros St. Paul 3:03
138 Jacob Houser St. Paul Aiden Lindsey Fontainebleau 17-1 TF   220 Ian Lyons St. Paul Riley Halbrook Pearl River 1:39
145 Gavin Gautier Hannan Seth Lewis Fontainebleau 2-0   285 Carter Davis Lakeshore Blayne Gaspard Pearl River 0:41

St. Tammany Parish Championships
Champions - St. Paul Wolves
St. Tammany Parish Championships
Runner-up - Fontainebleau Bulldogs

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District 7-8 5A Championships

The Chalmette Owls, with seven champions and four runners-up, demolished the competition in the 2022 District 7-8 5A championships, held at Chalmette.  The Owls scored 250 points, over 100 points more than runner-up Destrehan (144 points) and third place finisher Hahnville (116.5 points).

While District 7-8 5A may not have the powerhouse teams like District 9-5A (Brother Martin, Jesuit, Shaw) they will have their share of top-eight seeds at the River Center next weekend.

Destrehan senior Colton Owens is one of them.  Owens, while he has not faced the likes of Southside’s Landon Reaux or Sam Houston’s Tyson Roach, has only lost, twice apiece, to De la Salle’s Dylan Duvernay and Fontainebleau’s Samuel Favaza.

Other champions to look for in the top eight are Chalmette’s Anthony Perez, Mohammed Gaber, Aram Albach and Bryant Breska, Brennan Chiasson and Jevon Gray of Hahnville and Destrehan’s Donovan Kimble.

Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score XX Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score
106 Colton Owens Destrehan Tristan Cantrelle Riverdale 0:59   152 Stephen Foucha Chalmette Bryson Lambert Destrehan 1:10
113 Lance Webb Chalmette Carter Nguyen Terrebonne 0:55   160 Trey Nixon Destrehan Ian Williams Chalmette 0:42
120 Anthony Perez Chalmette Jaiden Haydel Hahnville 1:36   170 Loukas Naquin Terrebonne Luke Beng Destrhan 3:24
126 Gage Boudreaux Hanville Enrique Rodriiguez Grace King 9-4   182 Ivan Mitchell Chalmette Andrew Nettleton Terrebonne 2:26
132 Brennan CHaisson Hahnville Mohammed Gaber Chalmette 19-2 TF   195 Aram Albach Chalmette Andrew Schafer Destrehan 3:39
138 Leeland Webb Chalmette Kurt Sharon Destrehan 2:46   220 Gideon Bowman East Jefferson Edgar Moreira Chalmette 5:01
145 Jevon Gray, Jr. Hahnville Clarence Presnell CHalmette 5:12   285 Bryant Breksa Chalmette Donovan Kimble Destrehan 3:40

District 7-8 5A Championships
Champions - Chalmette Owls

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District 9-5A Championships

It should be no surprise that Brother Martin ran away with the District 9-5A Tournament at Rummel.  The Crusaders put 13 wrestlers in the finals and won 11 titles, including nine in-a-row from 113 lbs. to 170 lbs.  A few teams did not enter their best, but it really would not have mattered in the grand scheme.

There were a few matches worth noting, albeit none will have any seeding implications for next weekend’s state championships. 

At 145 lbs. Holy Cross’ Gunner Guidry upset Sean King of John Curtis via a fall in 6:00 and followed that with a 9-8 victory over Jesuit’s Jackson Ballay.  King defeated Guidry 6-3 in the Louisiana Classic and Ballay had defeated him in three of their previous four meetings.  A sixth match between the senior Ballay and the freshman Guidry might be interesting.  Ballay will be the higher seed at the state tournament and, barring some catastrophic upsets, the two should not meet in the championship bracket, but a rematch in the consolation rounds is possible. 

The Louisiana Classic may have shown Brother Martin senior Ryan Corca that finals matches are fine, but winning one is much infinitely better.  Having fallen to Nick DiGeralamo in the LACL finals 9-2, he did not wait long for his second finals appearance to pay-off on a winning note.  He waited all of 1:14, actually, as that is how long he took to defeat top-seeded Todd Ritter of Shaw.  Ritter did not meet Corca at the LACL and it is worth noting that he came back to place third at the LACL and a week later he won the Ken Cole.  He will be seeded first at 152 lbs. in Division II.  Corca will probably merit the fourth spot.


Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score XX Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score
106 Kaiden Triche Rummel Trey Trainor Brother Martin 3-1   152 Ryan Corca Brother Martin Todd Ritter Shaw 1:14
113 Richie Clementi Brother Martin John Michael Bourgeois Jesuit 13-1 MD   160 Samuel Riles Brother Martin Wyat Mire Jesuit 2:28
120 Jacob Elsensohn Brother Martin Chase Haydel Jesuit 7-1   170 Rocco Horvath Brother Martin Zalen Wilson Shaw 8-0 MD
126 Ty Duncan Brother Martin Cole Curry Rummel 16-6 MD   182 Jude Monaco Shaw Christopher Sulli Brother Martin 17-2 TF
132 Mason Elsensohn Brother Martin Carter Burgess Rummel 11-2 MD   195 Luke Ohler Brother Martin Jackson Calderero Jesuit 12-0 MD
138 Nicholas Cusimano Brother Martin Cameron Gandolfi Rummel 17-0 TF   220 Julian Tapia Brother Martin Griffin Ellis Jesuit 5:30
145 Kent Burandt Brother Martin Gunnner Guidry Holy Cross 2:00   285 Spencer Lanosga Jesuit Raymond Howard Shaw 1:24

District 9-5A Champion Brother Martin

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Northwest Louisiana Regional Championships

North Desoto took the honors at the Northwest Louisiana Regionals over Parkway, Airline and six other teams at North Desoto High School.  The Griffins scored 198.5 points, followed by Parkway with 145 and Airline with 95.

Griffens took home championships in six weight classes and runner-up medals in three others.  Panther wrestlers garnered three championships, while Airline had two.  The remaining three individual championships went to Evangel, Calvary Baptist and Caddo Magnate wrestlers.

Oddly, only one of the finals matches had any state championships seeding implications.   Only two of the matches were contested by opponents in the same divisions.  One was at 220 lbs., in which Parkway’s Kristofer Mesloh defeated Parkway’s Kenneth Flores.  The other match was between the expected top two seeds in Division II at 170 lbs.  North Desoto’s Hunter Hanson defeated Haughton’s Charlie Yocom 5-1 at the LACL, but a Yocum win in this match would have left the seeding up to criteria other than head-to-head match records.  Hanson negated that potential dilemma with a 6-3 win.

Airline's Tayvon Patterson was voted the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler of the heavier weight classes.

Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score XX Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score
106 Logan Olsen Airline Colton Stratton Benton 1:45   152 Hunter Addison North Desoto Michael Gilreath Evangel 0:50
113 Christopher Strong Parkway Michael Gilreath Evangel 3:34   160 Hunter Hanson North Desoto Charlie Yocum Haughton 6-3
120 Collin Bell North Desoto Wingston Avila Evangel 1:32   170 Christian Otzenberger Calvary Baptist Brandon Earnest Parkway 2:32
126 Michael Brame, II Evangel Nathan Adams North Desoto 1:12   182 Luke Brunson Caddo Magnate Jacob Freeman North Desoto 10-8
132 Daniel Olivier North Desoto Christopher Bacot Parkway 6-1   195 Caden Robison North Desoto Danon Walker Airline 1:22
138 David Viers Parkway Jace Honeycut Caddo Magnate 1:03   220 Kristofer Mesloh Parkway Kenneth Flores Parkway 3:01
145 Lance Ferguson North Desoto Jonathan Weissbach Parkway 2:45   285 Tayvon Patterson Airline Jeremiah Raney North Desoto 23-15 MD

2022 NW LA Regionals Champions Third-place winner Airline High School 

170 lbs. champion Christian Otzenberger of Calvary Baptist  Airline champons Logan Olden and Tayvon Patterson (OW - HW)  Airline placers [Bottom L-R] Kyle Manuel and Danon Walker  [Top L-R] Waylon Carter, Kyle Manuel and Joey Juneau

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Lafayette Metro Championships

Teurlings Catholic won the Lafayette Metro tournament.  But this wasn’t your father’s Teurlings Catholic.  Enough of it was, however, for the Rebels to outscore the Rayne Wolves by 20 points, 223.5 to 203.5 and repeat as champions (TC won in 2020; the 2021 event was COVelled).  Host Basile placed third, followed by Southside and North Vermillion.

If any upsets were had they could include host Basile’s #3 Jayden Guillory over #1 Daylon Dugas of Rayne at 120 lbs.  More surprising was fourth-seeded Acadiana sophomore Jackson Howard’s semifinal 5-2 win over Rayne senior Tre`Von Williams at 285 lbs.

Most surprising, though, was John Paul Travasos being seeded fourth at 170 lbs.  Some might have thought it a seeding “convenience” to get Travasos in the finals against TyQuan Scott of Rayne, who defeated Travasos in the Ken Cole.  Scott, though, would have to get past TC’s Kyle Stephens, who was a legitimate second seed as he defeated Scott at the Rayne Invitational.  Comeaux’s John Lambousy, the top seed, also had a win over Scott.  Hence, in a way, Travasos was a correct fourth seed.  Yet his second-seeded teammate was not a TC team scorer at the event.  What gives?

What gave?  Who cares?  Travasos took care of any doubts with a quarterfinals pin in 1:45, a semifinals pin over Lambousy in 3:16 and a finals pin in 3:19 over Scott, who got past a tough Stephens 9-4.  That should take care of any of that rampant speculation that the defending TC state champion might be seeded second at 170 lbs. next weekend. 

Travasos put an exclamation point over such speculation, which was already cowering, by being selected as the tournaments Outstanding Wrestler.

Nobody out there is dumb enough to doubt how dangerous Acadiana’s Luke Lafleur can be at 138 lbs., are they?

Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score XX Weight Champion School Runner-up School Score
106 Landon Reaux Southside Pierson Comeaux Basile 0:13   152 Owen de Boisbanc Teurlings Catholic Luke Fontenot Basile 7-1
113 Gaven Guidry Rayne Kael Reaux Southside 5:12   160 Braydon Hebert Teurlings Catholic Zack Necaise North Vermillion 2:42
120 Jayden Guillory Basile Daylon Dugas Rayne 1:56   170 John Paul Travasos Teurlings Catholic TyQuann Scott Rayne 3:19
126 Wiley Boudreaux Southside Jakarion Fontenot Rayne 3:48   182 Kayden Carrier Rayne Kaiden Romaine Southside2:32  
132 Ethan Boudreaux Teurlings Catholic Brevan Fields Basile 18-2 TF   195 Logan Alger Rayne Price Landry Teurlings Catholic 0:29
138 Luke Lafleur Acadiana Brandt Babineaux Teurlings Catholic 11-5   220 Quinn Collins Carencro Garrett Billeaud North Vermillion 0:56
145 Hunter Sharon Teurlings Catholic Ethan Langley Basile 4-2  4-2 285 Anphrony Guillory Basile Tre`Von Williams Rayne 4:37

2022 Lafayette Metro Champs
Teurlings Catholic
Outstanding Wrestler
Charles Travasos

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More Random Than Cards

Donny Burton Duals

The North Desoto Wrestling Academy Red Team won the 2022 Donny Burton Memorial Duals.  The NDWA Blue Team placed fifth.

1st - NDWA Red 2nd - NDWA Blue

Saints Invitational

[From the Brother Martin Wrestling Facebook page]

Our 2nd team traveled to Mississippi today to compete at the Saints Invitational. They battled hard and earned a Team Runner-Up finish against an Alabama State Champion team. Awesome work done by all today, especially Hunter Chabert who earned Most Outstanding Wrestler while going 4-0 with four 1st period falls.

2022 Saint Invitational Runner-up
Brother Martin
Outstanding Wrestler Hunter Chabert

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