December 1st and 2nd Recap
December 8th, 2023| Written by: Staff writer



Riot on the Red Jennings/McCrory/Petitjean Duals Ronnie Suarez SPOT District 5A Black Horse Catholic Duals Mandeville Open

There was a lot of wrestling all over the state on Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd.  Some might think I did not notice that, but I could retort with how many of my readers have seen how the fence on the driveway has grown and how I have been making aspidistra elatior just plain cry. 

I noticed a few things.  St. Paul, with their runner-up finish at the Border Wars, appears to be a much stronger team than I gave them credit for earlier this season.  So is Rummel after they dominated the Trygg-Sara Memorial over a seasoned Fontainebleau team.  Holy Cross, sans defending Division I state champion Nick DiGeralamo, is about where I expect them to be.  As a fairly young team, they should mature quite a lot over the next six weeks.  As for Brother Martin, they are going to be tough to judge until their January 3rd dual with Holy Cross.  Should they win the Trey Culotta, of course, they deserve credit but they will not be facing their main Louisiana competition in that event.

Shaw looked very good in placing third, just six points behind Fontainebleau, in the Trygg-Sara Memorial. 

[FYI - I have finished editing Trygg-Sara finals photographs but have semifinals and third-place matches photos yet to edit.  Learning that sumatriptan is basically a miracle drug has caused the process to be delayed,  ]

Brusly Pink Panther

The young ladies of Baton Rouge dominated the Brusly Pink Panther Invitation on Saturday, scoring 150 points - more than twice scored by runner-up South Beauregard with 71 points.  Chalmette placed third, followed by Riverdale and host Brusly.  The Bulldogs did enter a full team, but they had three champions and seven runners-up, averaging 10 points per scoring wrestler.   South Beauregard had only five wrestlers and a 14.2 average, and Chalmette's 10 entrants averaged 5.5 points, but team championships are exactly that, and Baton Rouge entered a full team. 

Caitlyn Wynn, Lea LeDuff and Olivia Maize won individual titles for Baton Rouge.

Champions Walker's Toni
Jarreau and
Ectrus Barber
St. Amant placers
Kyleigh Pearson
(2nd) & Mikayla
Byington (1st),
Central placers
Taylor Bucknell (3rd),
Taylor Taliaferro (3rd) &
Sherry Jugssuijinda (4th)
Haughton placers
Emma Dickson (3rd)
& Mia Merlini (4th)
with Charlea Cilba
and Natalie Davis
Natalie Davis
giving awards
Top: Pink Panther
2022; Bottom:
Pink Panther 2022

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Riot on the Red

Brother Michael and Joseph Gilreath won Riot on the Red championships for the third-place Evangel Eagles on Saturday,  Parkway won with 307 points, easily outdistancing North Desoto with 184 points and Evangel with 164 points.  Caddo Magnate and Texas' Bishop Gorman took fourth and fifth.

Devin Viers, Brayden Lobrano, Joshua Tell, Larry Davis, Dylan Mesloh and Ethan Plunkett won championships for the Panthers.

Jennings/McCrory/Petitjean Duals

St. Thomas More defeated the Rayne White team 66-15 to win the Jennings/McCrory/Petitjean Duals held at Rayne on Saturday.  The Cougars earned their place in the championship dual by defeating Vandebilt Catholic 69-12, Haughton 69-6, Comeaux 72-3 and St. Louis 59-15.  The Rayne White team defeated Teurlings Catholic 69-12, Terrebonne 48-36, South Beauregard 47-35and North Vermillion 48-36 for the right to meet St. Thomas More in the final match.

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Ronnie Suarez SPOT District

For the first time the editor can remember, not just one but two teams outscored Sulphur High School at the Ronnie Suarez SPOT District 5A Championships on Saturday.  Acadiana won the event with 192.5 points.  The Rams were followed by Lafayette with 180.5 points and Sulphur with 171.  Sam Houston and Comeaux placed fourth and fifth.

For the Rams, Ozias Gray, Brayden Foreman, Cayden Richard, Neimiah White and Cayden Wiggins won championships.

I am giving a "Shout Out" to Sam Houston's Chevy Coleman for winning the 106 lbs. weight class.  OK, so now I have learned she also won that weight class last season.  In 2021, though, the weight class was won by some Sam Houston kid named Tyson Roach.  The 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID, but in 2019 the event was won by a Southside kid named Landon Reaux.  Miss Coleman is party to a pretty prestigious group of wrestlers.

Champion Acadiana Rams Southside finished
in sixth place

Stewart Schay Black Horse

East Ascension travelled to Tennessee last weekend to participate in the Stewart Schay Black Horse Invitation in Germantown, Tennessee, just outside of Memphis.  The Spartans placed third behind Summit and Blackman high schools of Tennessee.  The Teurlings Catholic Rebels also went, placing eighth in the 28-team field.  Sam Houston sent three wrestlers and finished 16th.

Faring best for the Louisiana teams were Sam Houston senior Tyson Roach, East Ascension senior Jacobi Clement and Teurlings Catholic sophomore Alex Rozas, who both won championships.  Clement had four falls and a close 11-9 semifinals win over the #1 seed.  Rozas, as is his wont, ran-off five technical falls in his championships.  Bronco junior Caleb Lavine placed for Sam Houston as did Rebel junior Daniel Daspit.  Adding to Clement's win were third-place finishes by Aiden Krass, Joshua Wakefield and Brayden Stewart.

was also recognized as the Outstanding Wrestler of the event as he pinned his first four opponents in the first period and recorded a fall in just under five minutes in the finals.  This was the fourth time this season that Roach has won Outstanding Wrestler honors.

Warrior Gulf Coast Clash Spartan Black Horse

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Catholic Duals

Dutchtown won the Catholic Duals by one point over Hoover, Alabama, 39-38, on Saturday.  Griffin sophomore Dylan Eppinett won only one of his five matches.  It two others he was pinned, but his other two matches, and most importantly, his last one against Hover's Landon Sanders, were lost via technical falls.  He the young man been pinned, the score would have been tied.  Dutchtown would still have won due to criteria, but I doubt Eppinett knew that.  What he probably though was that if he lasted six minutes or long enough for a loss via a technical fall, his team would win. 

Mandeville Open

Jesuit won the Mandeville Open on Saturday, scoring 178.5 points to outdistance runner-up Hannan's 120 points.  Fontainebleau and Mandeville tied for third place, followed by NOMMA in fifth.

Gage Griletta, James Roniger, Erich Smith and Oliver Burgau won championships for the Blue Jays who were not in Florida. 


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