That which the editor can glean in the first five weeks
December 6th, 2020| Written by: Staff writer



No doubt, this season is a tad different than others the Louisiana Wrestling News has covered.  It is December 6th and to date the LWN editor has attended four events.  Several possible events were cancelled due to COVID.  And the editor admits that he has not purchased tickets to a couple of events because he was not sure he was going to be able to attend them.  There is a lot left to learn in the realm of the rod-cone challenged.

Actually, not a lot, aside from that some wrestlers garnered what must be excellent out-of-state experience, can be gleaned from the first month of the 2020-21 season.

Out-of-State Events

Brother Martin and Holy Cross have travelled out-of-state for two events.  Both went to Thompson, Alabama for the Southeastern Duals on November 14th.  To stay within a one-day match limit, the eight participating teams were separated into two four-team round-robins.  Brother Martin won their quartet while the Tigers placed second to an always stalwart Thompson first team.

On December 5th Brother Martin placed second at the Stewart Schay Blackhorse Invitational in Germantown, Tennessee.  The Crusaders had champions in Dylan Moser, Mason Eisensohn, Ethan Castex, Quinn Williams and Rocco Horvath.

Also, on December 5th Holy Cross won the Huntsville Duals in Alabama.  The Tigers defeated the host team 34-29 and won eight of the 12 matches contested (they forfeited two weight classes).   

Individually, on November 21st Holy Cross' Evan Frost (photo left), competing for the Bayou Elite Wrestling Club, went 6-0 to win the WOW Kickoff Classic.  Frost started the bracket with the only first-round match and finished with a 5-4 win over Joseph Fernau of the IZZY wrestling club of Illinois.

On November 15th North Desoto and Evangel wrestlers took home a lot of hardware from a takedown tournament at Ouachita Baptist University (photo right) and on December 5th the Griffins won the TX-South Katy Championship.  North Desoto wrestlers Collin Bell, Isaac Dees, Cam Davis, Lance Ferguson and Hunter Hanson won championships.

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Louisiana Events

Catholic Duals

The LWN covered the quad-meet at Rummel with Brusly, John Ehret and Grace King, the Brusly 8'sh, the Brother Martin-Rummel dual meet and the Spartan Invitational.  Anything else is subject to the editor's interpretation of results found on-line.

Until the Catholic Duals on December 5th East Ascension looked like the team to beat in the Baton Rouge area.  Catholic decided otherwise, as they defeated the Spartans 41-33, St. Amant 46-24, Live Oak 53-30, Dutchtown 54-21 and Jesuit 39-31.  Jesuit finished second, followed by Live Oak, St. Amant, East Ascension and Dutchtown.

Worth noting is that Brad Mahoney (14-0) of East Ascension did not participate; Cole Mire (8-1) of Dutchtown lost his first match of the season to Catholic's Adam Callicot; Ethan Winchester (4-0) of Catholic will be one to be reckoned with at 120 lbs. as he is now 2-0 (8-4 and 8-6 SV) over St. Amant's Ty Didier.

North Vermillion Six

In Maurice, Louisiana on December 5th Rayne recorded four championships while host North Vermillion was the only other multiple winner.  The Yellowjackets champions were Daylon Dugas, Jakarion Fontenot, Ryder Hawly and Tre'Von Williams.  The Patriots champions were Zach Necaise and Michael Davis. Other winners were John Harmon of Lafayette, Aaron LeMaire of Teurlings Catholic, Wiley Boudreaux of Erath, Luke Lafleur of Acadiana, Brusly's Marc Martinez (15-0) and Comeaux's Morgan Burke.

Dale Ketelsen Tri

St. Paul was expected to win this, and they did not disappoint on November 24th.  They defeated Shaw 42-22 and Rummel 67-5. Shaw defeated Rummel 54-24, keeping in line with the editor's Division II predictions.

Worth noting individually are the following participants in that event:  two-time defending Division II state champion Glenn Price (4-0) of the Eagles defeated Division I runner-up Jacob Houser of St. Paul 9-2.  Previously Price had defeated Fontainebleau Division I third-place winner David Cuccia 11-0.  Also competing well early for the Eagles is two-time Division II runner-up Ashton Surrency.  Surrency (4-0) has defeated Brother Martin's Chase Scott 5-0 and Sean Cripple of St. Paul 16-2.

As for the current Division I favorite St. Paul, defending state champion Peyton Ward is undefeated (4-0) but not untested.  He defeated Shaw's defending Division III third-place finisher Michael Seal 6-0, but his main challenge came from Rummel's Jacob Ramirez.  Ramirez moved up a weight class to test himself against Ward before they both graduate.  Rummel great Blake Mateu moved up to compete with Steven Shields of Brother Martin in 2017, Live Oak's Cody Hill did the same with Brother Martin's Paul Klein in 2015, and East Ascension's Trent Mahoney asked that Brother Martin's Patrick Evans move up to 152 for a match in 2019.  The one challenged won each time, but they were close, and Ramirez gave Ward a match in an 11-8 loss.  There may be weight classes to avoid during the state championships, but during the season nobody "ducks" anybody.

Teurlings Catholic Quad

On December 5th, the Rebels defeated St. Michael 60-6 and Fontainebleau 63-18.

More should be known after the Zachary Big Horse this weekend and the Trey Culotta at Brother Martin and the Jacob McMillan at Lafayette the following week.

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