Catholic blows through the 50th Louisiana Classic field on Saturday
January 15th, 2023 | Written by: Staff writer



The Catholic Bears took the lead after the semifinals (as someone predicted) of the 50th Louisiana Classic (LACL), held Friday and Saturday at the Lamar-Dixon EXPO Center in Gonzales, LA.  What was not predicted, or expected, was that they would increase the lead to 41 points after the consolation rounds, giving the Bears the team title before the finals started.  That was fortuitous, however, as none of Catholic's four finalists prevailed in their last match.  Individual titles would have been nice, certainly, but the Bears should benefit greatly from their performance re seeding at the LHSAA State Wrestling Championships in Bossier City on February 10th and 11th in Bossier City.

Defending Division II state champion Teurlings Catholic (TC) was the team expected to be the greatest threat to Brother Martin's hopes of winning their ninth-straight LACL title after they defeated the Crusaders in a dual meet in the finals of Shaw's Beast on the Bayou on December 28th.  The Rebels, however, in what could be argued was not their best tournament effort of the season, placed second, scoring 209 points, which was 0.5 points ahead of the Crusaders.  Jesuit, despite some unexpected losses, placed fourth, only two points behind Brother Martin, with 206.5 points.  That bodes well for the Blue Jays, as they were without defending state champion Spencer Lanosga at 285 lbs.  Lanosga, should he win at the state championships, should score 30+ points for the Blue Jays, which would put them with Catholic as current Division I favorites.  One has to factor out the Division II and III champions (four) and placers (23), as well as the Rockwall Heath, Texas team, and winning the Division I team title should be a close race.

Ernie Perry, III joined a select crowd of two by becoming the third wrestler to win four LACL titles since the inception of the event as the Lee High Invitational by Coach Bill Bofinger in 1973.  Perry did so by pinning all five of his opponents in either the first or second period.  He joins fellow Airline Viking Matt Rabinowitz, who won the event from 2007-10, and Korey Miller of St. Paul, who won from 2008-11.  Perry was awarded the Outstanding Wrestler for his achievement. 

Team Champion:
Team Runner-up:
Teurlings Catholic

Southside senior Landon Reaux won his third LACL championship with an 8-5 win over Sam Houston's Tyson Roach.  This was the two's sixth match of the season.  Reaux holds a 4-2 lead going into next week's Ken Cole Memorial at Comeaux High School in Lafayette, where they very feasibly will meet for the seventh and last time of their LHSAA careers.

Sophomores Richie Clementi of Brother Martin and Nicholas DiGeralamo have half of their goal in hand, with each winning their second LACL titles and with two more to go.

Two Division II wrestlers won championships, both from TC.  Alex Rozas started off his quest for four titles when the freshman defeated North Desoto freshman Jacob Kershaw in the finals.  He was followed by teammate Ethan Boudreaux, who got past his nemesis of last season, Southside's Wiley Boudreaux.  Division III champions were Luc Johnson of Basile at 152 lbs. and Ryan Fobbs of Erath at 285 lbs. 

Ketelsen Sportsmanship
Award: Jesuit
Individual Weight Class Champions

The most unlikely winner was Airline's Danon Walker at 195 lbs.  Technically he was the 28th seed of 31 competitor, He defeated the fifth-seed, the 12th seed, the 13th seed, the 1st seed and the 3rd seed in the finals.

If there were a "Comeback of the Year" award I would give it to Isaac Dees of Caddo Magnate.  Dees won the Division II state championship in 2020 for North Desoto but placed fifth in 2021.  He lost a little interest in the sport when he transferred to Caddo Magnate, at which he was ineligible his junior year.  But as this year has progressed, so has Dees, according to his coaches, who say he is right where he needs to be.  In this event he was seeded seventh and used a first-round fall and a 15-1 Major Decision to get where seventh-seeds are supposed to go - against second seeds in the quarterfinals.  That Match was against Nicholas DiGeralamo, and the eventual champion defeated Dees 17-4 Major Decision.  After that Dees went on a tear.  His first consolation match was a fall over unseeded Zach Pellerin of Catholic in 2:52.  Then he defeated unseeded Sergio Houston of Zachry 10-0 Major Decision.  North Desoto's Lake Bates, also unseeded, gave Dees his hardest win so far, via 4-3 score.  Then Dees faced third-seeded Arthur Schott of Jesuit and won 12-7 in SV-1.

This tournament has a lot of stories which should not be attempted at 2:45 a.m.  That is when math gets really, really hard.  They will all be told, the ones I know about at least, in time.

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Outstanding Wrestler:
Ernie Parry, III
Ernie Perry, III interviewed by Advocate sports writing legend Robin Fambrough

Top 10 Scores after Friday

Place Team Points   Place Team Points
1 Catholic 244   6 North Desoto 154
2 Teurlings Catholic 209   7 Rockwall Heath, TX 147
3 Brother Martin 208.5   8 St. Paul 143
4 Jesuit 206.5   9 Airline 111.5
5 Holy Cross 159   10 Southside 104

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Top-six Placers

Weight Champion School Runner-up School Third-Place School Fourth-Place School Fifth-Place School Sixth-Place School
106 Alex Rozas Teurlings Catholic Jacob Kershaw North Desoto Caden Judice Shaw Anthony Oubre Brother Martin Michael Finders Airline Michael Barnett Jesuit
113 Bodi Harris Jesuit Kaiden Triche Rummel Kael Reaux Southside Grant Grizzaffi Catholic Vincent Vidacovich Holy Cross Luke Olsen Airline
120 Landon Reaux Southside Tyson Roach Sam Houston Watts Goodson Catholic Jacob Kershaw Rockwall Heath, TX Kye Karcher Walker Jacob Elsensohn Brother Martin
126 Ernie Perry, III Airline Cole Mire Dutchtown Kristian Scott Catholic Brennan Boyer Teurlings Catholic Matthew Krail Holy Cross John Michael Bourgeois Jesuit
132 Richie Clemento Brother Martin Christian Worley Catholic Nicholas Sauerwin Holy Cross Lucas Maneckshaw East Ascension Merritt Clinton Rockwall Heath, TX Chase Haydel Jesuit
138 Ethan Boudreaux Teurlings Catholic Wiley Boudreaux Southside Conlan Enk St. Paul Ty Duncan Brother Martin Grant Herbert Jesuit Landon Lord Rockwall Heath, TX
145 Kent Burandt Brother Martin Brandt Babineaux Teurlings Catholic Dalton Compton North Desoto Liam O'Connor De la Salle Elijah Gilmore Catholic Chase Rose Zachary
152 Luc Johnson Basile Anthony Hernandez Covington Jenson Bergeron Lafayette Gunner Guidry Holy Cross Hunter Sharon Teurlings Catholic Peyton Miller Sam Houston
160 Nick Digeralamo Holy Cross Rory Horvath Brother Martin Isaac Dees Caddo Magnate Arthur Schott Jesuit Aiden Lindseye Fontainebleau Lake Bates North Desoto
170 Landry Barker St. Paul Leif Clinton Rockwall Heath, TX Braedon Simoneaux Teurlings Catholic Hunter Addison North Desoto Gabriel Bonin East Ascension Sam Boulet Catholic
182 Jackson Calderaro Jesuit Thomas Domangue Catholic Jason Krail De la Salle Jackson Peak St. Paul Caden Robison North Desoto Billy Edmonston Live Oak
195 Danon Walker Airline Nicholas Miglacio Catholic Adam Landry Baton Rouge Samuel Torres Northshore Jacob Schexnaydre East Ascension Dominic Logiudice Jesuit
220 Griffin Ellis Jesuit Blayden Laidlaw Sulphur James Baldwin Dunham Kristofer Mesloh Parkway Blair Rousseau Catholic Gage Kelly Live Oak
285 Ryan Fobbs Erath David Russell Catholic Gabriel Milbern Walker Kole Hayes Teurlings Catholic Ethan Simmons Brother Martin Nathaniel Theiss St. Paul

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