2023 NHSCA Virginia Nationals attracts 46 Louisiana grapplers
March 23rd, 2023| Written by: Staff writer



[Entries below adjusted for final weight class placements.]

Forty-six Louisiana wrestlers from 15 schools travelled to Virginia Beach, Virginia for the 2023 National High School Coaches Association Nationals, to be held from Friday, March 24th  through Sunday, March 26th, at the Virginia Beach Sports Center.

The Jesuit Blue Jays are not resting on any 2023 Division I state championship laurels as they have 10 entrants, including Division I champions Bodi Harris and Spencer Lanosga, and runners-up Michael Barnett and Jackson Calderaro.  Lanosga will seek to defend the 2022 NHSCA Virginia Beach Nationals title he won last year.

St. Paul entered the second most wrestlers with seven.  OK, six really.  Mr. Barker, you must graduate now and cannot wrestle in the LHSAA 2023-24 season.  Lafayette has four entrants (well, two non-seniors), as do Acadians, Catholic and Teurlings Catholic with four apiece.  Chalmette has three, Sam Houston and Shaw have two each, and Brother Martin, De la Salle, Erath, Holy Cross, St. Thomas More and Sulphur have one apiece.

Lou Ferrigno as
The Incredible Hulk
William Perry
D1 4th @ 285
Jensen Bergeron
D1 3rd @ 152
What possesses Lafayette's Mr. Perry to want to compete is a quandary.  In matches he looks to be as angry and frustrated as the Hulk.  Not the CGI Avengers Hulk, but Lou Ferrigno of The Incredible Hulk of the 1970s.  On a podium he was unrecognizable to the editor for a month until, after having edited the podium photos of the Public-School Wrestling Championships early, the editor finally started writing the 285 lbs. page.  Perry showed the same looks at the state championships.  Perhaps he and fellow senior Jensen Bergeron just like being on a podium wearing hats.  You can't beat it with a stick, though.  (Yet who wears a hat and sunglasses indoors?  It is just wrong, isn't it?)

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The Louisiana field will contain several state champions and runners-up from last months LHSAA State Wrestling Championships.  Division I state champions include Bodi Harris and Spencer Lanosga of Jesuit, Nick DiGeralamo of Holy Cross and Landry Barker of St. Paul.  Michael Barnett and Jackson Calderano of Jesuit, Christian Worley and Kristian Scott of Catholic, and Conlan Enk of St. Paul were runners-up. 

Division II state champions include Alex Rozas and Braedon Simoneaux of Teurlings Catholic, and Tyson Roach of Sam Houston.  Runners-up include Teurlings Catholic's Brandt Babineaux and Brennan Boyer.

Representing Division III are state champion Ryan Fobbs of Erath and runners-up Blake Andre of Shaw and Liam O'Connor of De la Salle.

And one cannot forget Sam Houston's Girls state champion and Outstanding Wrestler Chevy Coleman.

Louisiana Wrestlers at the 2023 NHSCA Virginia Beach Nationals

Year Weight Name School   Year Weight Name School
N/A Girls 100 Chevy Coleman Sam Houston   10 182 Jackson Peak St. Paul
9 106 Alex Rozas Teurlings Catholic   11 106 Dominic Carollo   Jesuit
9 106 Anthony Oubre   Brother Martin   11 113 Tyson Roach Sam Houston
9 106 Max Belsome   Jesuit   11 126 Brennan Boyer Teurlings Catholic
9 106 Michael Barnett Jesuit   11 126 Christian Worley Catholic
9 113 Ozias Gray Acadiana   11 126 Keegan Spiers Jesuit
9 120 Robert Morse Jesuit   11 132 Reese Knight Catholic
9 126 Kristian Scott Catholic   11 138 Conlan Enk St. Paul
9 160 Braedon Simoneaux  Teurlings Catholic   11 138 Baylor Delaune St. Paul
9 160 Caleb Shartle St. Paul   11 138 Connor Butter Sulphur
9 182 Landon Olds Acadiana   11 138 Mohammed Gaber Chalmette
10 106 Blake Andre Shaw   11 145 Finley McGill St. Thomas More
10 113 Bodi Harris Jesuit   11 145 Leighton Evans Catholic
10 113 Rhett Nastasi St. Paul   11 170 Mohammed Altayeb Chalmette
10 126 Brayden Forman Acadiana   11 170 Patrick Matthews Jesuit
10 126 Jose Rincon Jesuit   11 182 Jackson Calderaro Jesuit
10 126 Jonathan Johnlouis Lafayette   11 182 James Nero Shaw
10 132 Cole Mire   St. Paul   11 285 Ryan Fobbs Erath
10 132 Cayden Richard   Acadiana   11 285 Spencer Lanosga Jesuit
10 132 Lucas Alleman  Lafayette   12 138 Liam O’Connor De la Salle
10 138 Brandt Babineaux Teurlings Catholic   12 145 Jensen Bergeron Lafayette
10 138 Leeland Webb Chalmette   12 170 Landry Barker St. Paul
10 152 Nick DiGeralamo  Holy Cross   12 285 William Perry Lafayette

Keep an eye on the sophomore 120 lbs. bracket, also, as Texas' Allen High School 6A UIL state champion Kelby Bernard is competing.  Bernard is the son of Lafayette Scrappers coach Glenn Bernard, the only other man I know with the confidence to wear a tux during the state finals.  [Photo left from the 2018 state championships.  Photo right from later in 2018 at the Trey Culotta.]

Teams Breakdown

School Entrants School Entrants
Acadiana 4   Lafayette 4
Brother Martin 1   St. Paul 7
Catholic 4   St. Thomas More 1
Chalmette 3   Sam Houston 2
De la Salle 1   Shaw 2
Erath 1   Sulphur 1
Holy Cross 1   Teurlings Catholic 4
Jesuit 10   TOTAL 46


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