December 9th-10th Recap
December 11th, 2022| Written by: Staff writer



Duplessis Invitational David Beeson Memorial Rebel Duals Mid-American Nationals, OK Blackwell Invitational, FL

St. Paul 37-Holy Cross 31

In September, the Louisiana Wrestling News had Holy Cross as a “wild card” to give East Ascension and/or St. Paul a run for fourth-place in Division I.  That was before the possibilities loomed that Jesuit may be a lot better than some people realized, that the Crusaders may be vulnerable at the state championships and that Teurlings Catholic may be the best team in the state.  And it was before Holy Cross became a force with which to be reckoned.  Come February, while the Tigers are not viable to win or place second, they could challenge East Ascension and St. Paul for third in Division I.

St. Paul won this match 37-31 and won seven of 13 matches contested, while the Tigers won six.  This match could easily have gone the Tigers’ way, as two of their losses were very close.  Collin Cusimano of the Wolves defeated Henty Mulvihill 2-0 and Conlan Enk, the Division I runner-up for St. Paul in 2022, defeated Sebastian Vidacovich 4-3.  Enk defeated Vidacovich 7-1 at the South Walton Border Wars last week, so should the two meet again, suffice to say Enk cannot take the Tiger lightly.  To be fair, Holy Cross’ Landon Smith eked out a 7-6 win over Cole Mire (yes, there are two of them – the other being from Dutchtown).  So, a rematch could go either way.  Another piece that could change the balance of a dual meet like this one, or tournament point scores, is the fact that Holy Cross forfeited the 285 lbs. weight class. 

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 Big Horse Open

Team scores were not kept at the Zachary Big Horse Open, but they were not needed.  There were enough very interesting results to make it a seed-making, or seed-busting, event.

Protocol dictates, however, “Ladies first.”  LHSAA dictates “JV Select,” but we know better.

Chevy Coleman of Sam Houston proved dominant once again in the 106-113 lbs. weight class.  She has run her record to 17-7, and those losses have come from Airline’s Michael Finders, Lakeshore’s Bryce Latino, Rummel’s Nathan Hester and Liam Ritchie, Shaw’s Caden Judice, Teurlings Catholic’s Alex Rozas and Brother Martin’s Seth Oubre, each of whom is expected to place well at the state championships in February, and two being heavy favorites to win state titles.

Live Oak's Kolton West placed 3rd at 132 lbs.
LEFT: St. Amant placers: [Standing L-R] Elijah Bent - 3rd; Ephram Craddock - 2nd; Cole Didier* - 3rd; Bradley Anderson* - 3rd, Ian Turner* - 3rd, Mikayla Byington - 2nd; [Kneeling] Cole Didier* - 3rd; [Lying down] Rayme Steely - 1st, Hayden Hammond* - 2nd

*   Yeah, I'm just guessing
RIGHT: Catholic's Kristian Scott won the lower weight classes Outstanding Wrestler award.  Scott defeated Live Oak's Rhett Hill in 2:48, the previously undefeated Aiden Krass of East Ascension 4-0 and scored a 16-0 technical fall against Sam Houston's Pollex Coleman in the finals at 126 lbs.

[LEFT] Kye Karcher of Walker (4th at 120 lbs.) and Samuel Favaza of Fontainebleau (1st at 113 lbs.)
[Right] Walker team members Kye Karcher (4th at 120 lbs.), Kaiden Arbor (?), Reese Dodd (3rd at 285-B lbs.) Colton Lanier (3rd at 106-B lbs.) and Gabriel Milbern (1st at 285 lbs.)

LEFT: Cole Mire - 3rd in a ridiculous 120 lbs. weight class; CENTER: Dutchtown placers; RIGHT: Full Dutchtown contingent (less one taking the photograph)

Caitlyn Wynn of Baton Rouge won her first event at 120 lbs., and Ta’ken Alexander of Chalmette won her third event of the season at 126-132 lbs., improving her record to 11-4.  At 138-145 lbs. Rayne Steely of St. Amant won her seventh match and first title.  Lea Leduff of Baton Rouge won her two matches at 152-160 lbs. in 1:10 to keep her record unblemished at 8-0.  Another Bulldog under Coach Bill Bofinger’s tutelage, Olivia Maxie, won at 182-195 lbs. via three falls to win her first championship of the season.  Brusly’s Haley Wheeler ran her record at 285 lbs. to 6-0.

The young men made the varsity brackets very surprising.

Jesuit’s Michael Barnett upset St. Amant’s Johnny Laris 6-4 in the 106 lbs. quarterfinals, but in the finals he fell to Lakeshore freshman Bryce Latino, who also won the Trygg Memorial last week.  At 113 lbs. Fontainebleau’s Samuel Favaza proved his runner-up finish at the Spartan Invitational was no fluke as he pinned both of his opponents in the second period.

The 120 lbs. weight class was something we have seen before at the Warrior Open.  All but two of the top 120 lbs. favorites were there.  (Missing were Brother Martin’s Jacob Elsensohn and Southside’s Landon Reaux – this is one tough weight class.)  The results were scarily similar.  In one semifinal Sam Houston’s Tyson Roach defeated Walker’s Kye Karcher 15-7 MD.  Roach pinned Karcher in 4:00 at the Warrior.  The other semifinals pitted 2022 Division I runners-up Bodi Harris of Jesuit against Cole Mire of Dutchtown.  At the Warrior Open Bodi won against Mire 10-5.  This time Bodi prevailed 5-0.  In the finals, Roach defeated Harris 8-3.  At the Warrior he did so 9-5.  Mire and Karcher met again for third place.  At the Warrior Mire forfeited due to an illness.  This time the two wrestled and Mire won 8-2.

At 126 lbs. Catholic’s Kristian Scott defeated Pollex Coleman of Sam Houston 16-0 TF.   Scott can go 126 lbs. or 132 lbs., depending upon what Catholic Coach Tommy Prochaska deems is better for the Bears.  The weight class Scott does not fill will be available to defending Division I state champion Watts Goodson.

At 132 lbs. East Ascension’s Lucas Maneckshaw met St. Amant’s Ephram Craddock for the second time this season, winning 6-0.  In the Griffin Open finals Maneckshaw defeated Craddock 5-2. 

Dutchtown sophomore Cole Gros had a very good tournament.  At 138 lbs. he avenged a December 3rd 5-3 SV loss to Catholic’s Reese Knight by winning their semifinals match 3-2.  Gros was expected to meet, probability-wise, Jesuit’s Grant Herbert or Belle Chasse’s Caleb Andrews, in the finals.  Zachary’s Ethan White got the best of both of those opponents to reach his first finals match of the season, albeit Gros prevailed 3-2 to win his second event of 2022-23.  (Gros defeated Andrews 8-2 in the Lakeshore Open finals.)

Seth Lewis of Hahnville did not surprise many by winning the 145 lbs. weight class, nor did Dutchtown’s Foster Shank at 152 lbs.  Shank is undefeated at 15-0 with, now, four titles to his credit.  Also, to nobody’s surprise, except, perhaps, Zachary’s Sergio Houston, Fontainebleau’s Aiden Lindsey won at 160 lbs.  Lindsey is 8-0 since the beginning of the Spartan Invitational on November 23rd.  Before that he was 8-4 with a 17-10 SV loss to Houston.  Yep, 17-10 SV.  The TrackWrestling match score has Houston ahead 14-10 after the first six minutes.  Then he scored three points in the Sudden Victory period.  Mayhaps it is me, but something is a tad iffy there.  Lindsey won his finals match with a fall in 3:14 over Houston.

Covington senior Landon Carroll may not have started the season quite the way he wanted.  In his first big test, the Gulf Clast Clash, he lost his last three matches to place sixth.  Then, in the finals of the Spartan Invitational, he lost to a then still pretty much unknown William Mathis of Dutchtown.  This tournament should provide him with some renewed confidence.  He won his first two matches via falls in less than a minute.  In the finals he pinned East Ascension senior Gabriel Bonin in 1:35.

The 182 lbs. weight class did not feature a lot of what some might call “top guns,” but one wrestles who shows up.  In this case it was Baton Rouge junior Schaeffer Moran who came out unscathed after an 11-6 decision, a fall in 1:44 and a 12-8 finals win over Catholic’s Brennan Sonnier.

At 195 lbs. Baton Rouge senior Adam Landry lost his first match of the season, 7-5, to East Ascension’s Jacob Schexnaidre.  This was Landry’s first tournament at 195 lbs.  Landry moving down from 220 lbs. allowed the Bulldogs’ Eli Latitois to move from 285 lbs. to 220 lbs.  Eliminating a potential 65 lbs. weight disadvantage worked well for Latitois.  He pinned Jesuit’s Griffin Ellis in 4:36.  That move left Walker’s Gabriel Milbern as one of the Division I favorites at 285 lbs.  He showed it at this event, never using more than the first period to score three falls, including a 1:41 pin over Zachary’s Ryan Dennis in the finals.

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Duplessis Invitational

Jesuit’s second string won the 5th Annual Billy Duplessis Invitational, outdistancing Brother Martin’s second string by 48 points, 235 to 187.  Chalmette placed third, 22 points behind the Crusaders with 165 points.

Robert Morse, James Nolan, Aiden Nash and Cam Himal won championships for the Blue Jays.  The Crusaders also had four champions: Logan Dacuyan, Trey Trainor, Salvatore Caserta and Kyle Chauvin. 

The other titles went to Destrehan’s Jacob Britt (the freshman Fighting Wildcat’s second championship in as many weeks), Chalmette’s Mohammed Gaber, Hahnville’s Jayden Boyle and Cameron Sumrall, Shaw’s Jason Brown and host school John Ehret’s Ellis Hughes.

Former Riverdale head coach Mike Savage’s Kenner Discovery Health Science team participated in the newly founded school’s first event ever.  The Swamp Owls entered 13 wrestlers.  Three were juniors, two were sophomores, six were freshmen and two more were eighth—graders.  Two Swamp Owls made it to the 1st-4th medals matches.  At 220 lbs. freshman Kevine Green placed second, losing to veteran Ehret wrestler Ellis Hughes.  At 106 lbs. eighth-grader Aaron Kadinger placed fourth, falling to Jesuit’s Dom Carollo in the Consolation finals.

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David Beeson Memorial

Parkway won the David Beeson Memorial at Bossier High School on Saturday by 26.5 points over Benton.   The Panthers scored 188 points with two champions, three runners-up and four third-place finishers.  Devin Viers and Christopher Bacot won championships for Parkway.  Matthew Gallman, Cooper Reagan and Kenneth Flores won for the Tigers of Benton, who placed 2nd, 26.5 points behind Parkway.  Haughton placed third with 127 points.

North Desoto’s Michael Washington, Evangel’s Jeremiah Yearby and Tristan Santoro, Haughton’s Tyler Villareal, Byrd’s Kin Scott, Bossier’s Christian Serrano, Caddo Magnate’s Isaac Dees and Luke Brunson, Bishop Gorman’s Joshua Hayes won the remaining titles.

Rebel Duals

Teurlings Catholic invited nine other teams to their Rebel Duals and then treated them as Edward “Longshanks” did the Scottish lairds in the beginning of Braveheart.  The Rebels won the five dual meets in which they participated as follows: 59-9 over Basile, 71-12 over North Vermillion, 72-12 over Lafayette, 70-7 over Terrebonne and, in the finals, 77-6 over Rayne.  Terrebonne placed third.

The Rebels lost only nine matches against the five opponents they faced.

Mid-America Nationals

It took a two-time Texas state champion and an Oklahoma state champion to make Airline’s Ernie Perry, III, place only fourth at 126 lbs. at the Mid-American Nationals in Enid, Oklahoma.  “Only fourth,” though, is a really good place to be at that event.  And even the father of the young man who defeated Perry 5-3 in the consolation finals said Perry should have been awarded three nearfall points in the third period, rather than having the wrestling stopped for “choking” claimed by his son.

The Vikings came in 24th of 35 teams with only seven Vikings entered.  Danon Walker placed ninth at 190 lbs. while Michael Finders, at 106 lbs. and Ty Parker, at 165 lbs., placed 10th.  Logan Olsen placed 13th at 113 lbs.

Ryan Blackwell Invitational

The Rummel Raiders took third at the Ryan Blackwell Invitational in Pensacola, Florida.  Gulf Shores, Alabama won the event with 239.5 points, 11.5 points ahead of runner-up Gulf Breeze, Florida.  The Raiders were 30 points behind Gulf Breeze but were 81.5 points ahead of the fourth-place team from Mosley, Florida.

Winning titles for the Raiders were Kaiden Triche at 113 lbs. and Jake Brandstetter at 126 lbs., Austen Shook (145 lbs.) and Cameron Gandolfi (152 lbs.) placed second while Liam Ritchie (106 lbs.), Mason Scholl (132 lbs.) and Marcus Vasquez (182 lbs.) placed third.

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