46th Ken Cole Invitational - 145 pounds
Babineaux locks-up D2 #1 seed with second win over Compton
April 14th, 2023 | Written by: Staff writer



(1) Brandt Babineaux
Teurlings Catholic
2nd (2) Dalton Compton North Desoto
3rd Austen Shook Rummel
4th (3) Ian Theriot Southside
5th (4) Preston Curtis John Curtis
6th (8) Lane Turnley Kaplan

TC's Brandt Babineaux's only two losses of the season came from Brother Martin's Kent Burandt in a dual meet and in the LACL finals.  He had won four tournaments prior to the LACL, and in the LACL he defeated North Desoto freshman Dalton Compton 3-1.  Prior to that loss Dalton had only lost to one Louisiana wrestler.  That was Brother Martin's Ty Duncan, who defeated Compton 11-3 MD and 4-0 in the Cinco Ranch Big 12 in mid-November.  That was at 138 lbs., though, and Compton moved up to 145 lbs. in late December, possibly to give 138 lbs. to his elder brother Dylan, a junior.  After the LACL Babineaux loss Compton won four matches, including ones over Rummel's Austen Shook, Zachary's Chase Rose and  De la Salle's Liam O'Connor to place third.  He had a much harder time against Shook than he did at the LACL, in which he won 12-4 MD.  This time the score was 7-5.  In the semifinals he was ahead of Southside's #3 Ian Theriot 10-0 before scoring a fall early in the second period. 

Babineaux's toughest match until the finals was against a North Desoto non-scorer, Toby McCleod.  The TC sophomore was ahead 10-0 when he finally scored a fall in 5:56.  He cruised into the finals after two more fast pins.

In the finals Compton scored first via an escape in the second period, but Babineaux tied the match 1-1 after a little over a minute remained, and with 30 seconds left took a two-point lead with a takedown.  Compton narrowed the margin to one-point with an escape with 12 seconds later, and he tied the match when Babineaux, who had been cautioned for stalling with 14 seconds remaining, was called again, giving Compton his tying point with three seconds remaining.  Babineaux, however, scored the SV takedown after 28 seconds had gone by, virtually sealing his #1 seeding for the state championships. 

After losing to Compton Shook won his next four matches and placed third over the #3 Theriot.  Fourth-seeded Preston Curtis of John Curtis placed fifth with a 12-6 decision over #8 Lane Turnley of Kaplan, who defeated Parkway's Peyton Plunket prior to his loss to Theriot.


(1) Brandt Babineaux (TC) pinned (4) Preston Curtis (JC) in 0:49
(2) Dalton Compton (ND) pinned (3) Ian Theriot (SS) in 4:38

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Third-Sixth Place

Austin Shook (RUM) defeated (3) Ian Theriot (SS) 14-4 MD to place 3rd
(4) Preston Curtis (JC) defeated (8) Lane Turnley (KAP) 12-6 to place 5th

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(1) Brandt Babineaux (TC) defeated (2) Dalton Compton (ND) 5-3 SV


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