Late November to Early December Recap
December 7th, 2022| Written by: Staff writer



Tournament Results


[NOTE: I published this pretty late in the evening after a hard day, so there are still typos I have yet to catch.]

The Trygg will be the last event I cover probably until December 17th.  My mother has decreed that Monday, December 12th, will be spent at a local restaurant with my daughter, sister and brother-in-law, a family friend, and, because it is my 60th birthday, she is letting me invite another friend.  Nothing detrimental or remotely untoward can happen to me between now and then.  If she deigns to go out to dinner, I will do whatever is possible to make it happen - even if that means leaving my fifties behind me.

This below tripe is some of what I found interesting, or significant, during events held between November 21st and December 3rd, not counting the Spartan Invitational and the George Trygg Memorial, of which individual articles have been published.  Yes, I just saw that Brother Martin and Catholic had a dual meet tonight.  I will deal with that later. 

Various Notes from Various Dual Meets

 November 22nd

Brother Martin 60-Rummel 13

The Crusaders put up the best first squad they could muster this early in the year, and so, it seems, did the Raiders.  The difference between the odds-on favorite in Division I against the probable second or third best team in Division II was evident as the Raiders only managed two wins in a 60-16 Brother Martin romp.

Kaiden Triche scored a 12-4 major decision over Blake McDonald and Cameron Gandolfi defeated Tai LeBlanc 5-4.  Six other Raider points came from a forfeit at 195 lbs.  That forfeit was matched by Brother Martin at 195 lbs., but eight Crusader falls put the match away early.  Anthony Oubre, Jacob Elsensohn, Richie Clementi, Ty Duncan, Kent Burandt, Samuel Riles, Aiden Weber and Ethan Simmons scored falls for Brother Martin.

Triche’s record as of 12-07-2022 is now 19-1, with a tight and probably frustrating 8-7 loss to Teurlings Catholic’s Brennan Romero on November 26th.  Last season Triche beat Romero in the Louisiana Classic but lost to him in the state finals.  Perhaps the reverse will work this season.  Two wins over De la Salle’s defending Division III state champion Dylan Duvernay will help that cause.  So far this year Triche has Tiger Invitational and Trygg Memorial titles and should have a Gulf Coast Clash title to his name.

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November 23rd

Catholic 43-TC 26

Well, this match is going to go into a later essay.  The Bears used pretty much their starting squad.  Football players should not be much of an issue, unless there is a scrappy Bear cornerback who weighs 106 lbs.  David Taylor and Nick Migliacio both started for the Bears last season and placed in the 2022 state championships.  They each received forfeits for the Bears, as did Zach Pellerin at 195 lbs.  Just take away those points and Teurlings wins 26-25.  Sure, one can mention the forfeit the Bears gave up at 106 lbs., but the Bears have not had a 106 lbs. wrestler all season.  And that better be one scrappy cornerback if he were to face freshman Alex Rojas.  This match shows how close Teurlings Catholic is to the best Division I programs. 

Jesuit and Teurlings Catholic should mix-it-up on December 28th at the Shaw Beast on the Bayou.  That may give the Crusaders and idea of how strong each of those teams are, and if they are viable threats at the Louisiana Classic.  Come February 1st, at Brother Martin, the Crusaders and Blue Jays will meet in a dual meet which might determine who the favorite at the state championships will be.  This is not a match-up in which expected state seeding is to be protected.

Brother Martin 48-De la Salle 34

The Crusader second team took care of De la Salle, scoring six falls and accepting two forfeits for their 48 points.   The Cavaliers scored via falls by Dylan Duvernay and Malachi Benetrix and by a 18-9 major decision by Shane Barbarin.  The Cavaliers had three forfeits to two for the Crusaders.

The Crusaders had to use their second string as their first competed against Rummel the previous evening.

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November 26th

Crusader Duals

Brother Martin put up their best, sometimes, but they were not really challenged.  Teurlings Catholic was still in the football playoffs and did not put forth their best available team.  The Crusaders won followed by East Ascension and Teurlings Catholic, but individual matches the occurred during the event are what will be the most significant. 

After seeing what he did to Southside’s Landon Reaux in the Spartan Invitational finals, all eyes were on the Sam Houston vs. Brother Martin match, hoping it would contain a match between Roach and Brother Martin’s 2022 third-place winner, Jacob Elsensohn.  It did, and it was Elsensohn who came out ahead via a fall in 5:30.  Three days later Reaux avenged his 13-1 MD loss to Roach with a 16-9 decision in a dual meet.  All three are scheduled to be at the Trey Culotta on December 22nd and 23rd.

Ethan Boudreaux of Teurlings Catholic faced Ty Duncan of the Crusaders and won via a fall in 1:53.  Boudreaux is 15-0 going into Pearl Harbor Day with wins at the Tiger Invitational, the Gulf Coast Clash and the Riot on the Red.  He has “quality wins” over Caleb Lavine of Sam Houston, Jesuit’s Grant Herbert, Duncan, Catholic’s Christian Worley, Parkway’s Peyton Plunkett, Haughton’s Tyler Villareal and Rummel’s Austin Shook.  Lavine gave Boudreaux his closest match, 7-2.  His nest closest match, against Shook, was a 13-5 Major Decision. 

Brandt Babineaux of Teurlings Catholic gave De la Salle’s Liam O’Connor his first loss of the year, a 2-0 match.  O’Connor is 20-1 after winning Saturday’s Trygg Memorial, the Bulldog Brawl, the Lakeshore Open and the Warrior Open.  Babineaux is 10, having competed in his last match against O’Connor.  He owns titles from the Tiger Invitational and the Gulf Coast Clash.

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Tournament Results

December 2nd-3rd 

South Walton Border Wars, FL

Jesuit led almost wire-to-wire at the 10th South Walton Border Wars in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  The Blue Jays had three champions and scored 299.5 points, besting Georgia’s Woodward Academy by 21 points.  Holy Cross placed third with 243.5 points, 25 less than Woodward’s 268.5, but four better than Louisiana’s St. Paul Wolves, who finished fourth with 239.5 points. 

Bodi Harris at 120 lbs., Jackson Calderaro at 195 lbs. and Griffin Ellis at 220 lbs. won championships for the Blue Jays.  Chase Haydel placed second at 132 lbs. and Michael Barnett (106 lbs.), John Michael Bourgeois, Grant Herbert (138 lbs.) and Patrick Matthews (182 lbs.) placed third.

The Tigers did not have any individual champions but did their damage by placing second and third.  Runners-up were Vincent Vidacovich (113 lbs.) Matthew Krail (126 lbs.) who defeated Jesuit’s Bourgeois in 3:13 in the semifinals, and Gunner Guidry (152 lbs.).  Placing third were Nicholas Sauerwin (132 lbs.), who lost to Haydel 8-4 in the semifinals, and Nicholas DiGeralamo (160 lbs.), who lost by a point, 6-5, to the eventual champion.

Landry Barker at 170 lbs. won his second consecutive Border Wars title, recording one first-period and two second-period falls before a 10-5 finals victory.  Collin Cusimano also won, defeating Haydel 6-2 in the 132 lbs. finals.  Placing second for the Wolves was Conlan Enk at 138 lbs.  I what may be considered a very positive second place run, Enk defeated Holy Cross’ newcomer Sebastian Vidacovich 7-1 in the quarterfinals and Jesuit’s Grant Herbert 8-6 in the semifinals.

Blanchard Invitational, OK

North Desoto placed 10th of 42 at the Blanchard Invitational in Blanchard, Oklahoma, on December 2nd-3rd. 

Sophomore Chase Smart won at 144 lbs. via four falls and a 6-2 finals score.  Collin Bell placed second at 132 lbs., as did Caden Robison at 190 lbs.   Freshman Jacob Kershaw placed third for the Griffins.

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December 3rd

Riot on the Red

Teurlings Catholic, ran away with the Riot on the Red, scoring 236 points, 38.5 better than the runner-up Parkway-Black team.  Haughton-Red finished third, followed by Evangel and El Dorado, Arkansas. 

Championships were won by the Rebels by Alex Rozas at 106 lbs., Daniel Daspit at 113 lbs., Brennan Romero at 120 lbs., Ethan Boudreaux at 138 lbs., Gabe Delhomme at 145 lbs., Hudson Sharon at 152 lbs., Braedon Simoneaux at 170 lbs. and Pike Landry at 195 lbs.

Team champion
Teurlings Catholic Rebels
138 lbs. champion &
Outstanding Wrestler
Ethan Boudreaux

The third-place Haughton Pirates and... a lot of Natalie Davis!

Winners for host Parkway were Christopher Bacot at 132 lbs., Kristofer Mesloh at 220 lbs. and Dolan Williams at 185 lbs.

Louis Lindsey of Haughton at 132 lbs., Owen Wells of Byrd at 160 lbs. and Caddo Magnate’s Luke Brunson at 182 lbs. won the remaining championships.

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Ronnie Suarez 5A SPOT District

Sulphur edge Sam Houston 168 to 160 to win the Ronnie Suarez SPOT District 5A Tournament.  Acadian was third, 13.5 points behind with 146 points, followed by Comeaux with 140.5 points and Southside with 92 points.

Acadiana Placers (4x6) Sam Houston Team (NO FRAME FITS THIS!)

Sam Houston
Champs (4x6)
Sam Houston
Champs (4x6)
Sam Houston
Champs (5x7)

Of great interest was the expected “rubber match” between Sam Houston’s Tyson Roach and Southside’s Landon Reaux at 120 lbs.  Each won three matches to make the finals, but Reaux withdrew due to a minor injury that did not need to become worse in early December.  The two will both be at the Trey Culotta Invitational at Brother Martin on December 22nd-23rd, as will Brother Martin’s Jacob Elsensohn.

Sulphur won four championships at 132 lbs. with Bohdi Trahan, 152 lbs. with Alan Mills, 195 lbs. with Layne Ackel and 285 lbs. with Blayden Laidlaw.  Sam Houston won five titles with Chevy Coleman at 106 lbs., Roach at 120 lbs.,  Pollex Coleman, who won a “rubber match” with Acadiana’s Cayden Richard in the finals at 126 lbs., Peyton Miller at 160 lbs. and Colt Fisher at 220 lbs.  Southside won three titles with Wiley Boudreaux at 138 lbs., Ian Theriot at 145 lbs., and Malacci Izaguirre at 182 lbs.  At 113 lbs. Comeaux’s Jaxon Muffoletto won the championship and Lafayette’s Ahmed Elgamel, Jr. won the 170 lbs. weight class.

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Catholic Duals

Host Catholic High School won the Catholic Duals, besting Hoover, Alabama, 42-27 in the finals.  St. Amant defeated Baton Rouge 48-33 to place third. 

St. Amant - 3rd Place

At 170 lbs. East Ascension’s Gabriel Bonin handed Dutchtown’s William Mathis his first defeat of the season via a third-period fall.

Adam Landry and Eli Latitois competed in matches at 195 lbs. and 220 lbs., respectively.  Very respectively as despite the move down a weight class each remains undefeated on the season.

Jennings-McCrory-Petit Jean Duals

The Rayne-White teams won the Jennings-McCrory Petit Jean Duals last Saturday with a 60-24 victory over St. Louis in the finals.  Terrebonne defeated North Vermillion 48-30 to place third.

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