St. Paul, Teurlings Catholic and Basile lead after Friday
February 27th, 2021| Written by: Staff writer



The biggest individual upset was at 152 lbs. in Division I when #7 Jake Romig of Holy Cross defeated #2 Luke Battaglia of Jesuit in an 18-13 point-fest. 

Another upset potential exists at 132 lbs. and once more has the name Jace Chenevert attached to it.  After a second-place finish at the Louisiana Classic, in which he defeated St. Paul senior Carter Duet 12-9 in the second-round prior to other upsets that put him in the finals, Chenevert was seeded #6.  He won his first match in 0:58 and his second in 0:51.  In the quarterfinals he faced third-seeded Landon Toups of Catholic.  Toups was 2-0 against Chenevert this season, scoring decisions of 11-3 and 5-3.  This time it was Chenevert coming out on top with a 7-2 quarterfinals win.  Chenevert's next match - Carter Duet and the right to compete in the finals.  (Photo-right is Chenevert defeating Live Oak's Andrew Lusby in the 2020 Brusly 8'is.

Division I in Brief Division II Briefer Division III Briefest Glen Bernard wanted a Photo

There were individual match surprises, of course, but the mid-season favorites to win team championships are on pace to do just that.  St. Paul, Teurlings Catholic and Basile will be the teams to catch on Saturday.  The top-five teams in each division after the conclusion of Friday's matches are as follows:

Division I Division II Division III
Place Team Points
1. St. Paul 168
2. East Ascension 145.5
3. Holy Cross 136.5
4. Brother Martin 135.5
5. Catholic 132.5
Place Team Points
1. Teurkings Catholic 126
2. North Desoto 123
3. Shaw 109
4. Rummel 96.5
5. Rayne 94
Place Team Points
1. Basile 115
2. De la Salle 92
3. Hannan 89
4. Brusly 71
5. St. Louis 59

Division I in Brief

OK - East Ascension in second place is a little surprising.  The editor thought the Spartans had a chance to win if they scored several upsets and did not make any mistakes - at all.  One upset puts a third-seed against a seventh-seed, rather than a second-seed, in the semifinals.  But they had some lower seeds fall early, and despite being in second place after Friday, they only have six semifinalists and only three are seeded higher than their opponents.  If they sweep their Saturday matches...?

Brother Martin did not have a very productive last couple of consolation rounds as they only scored two points and dropped to fourth overall.  In those rounds Holy Cross, currently in third, gained 16 points.  That was only one better than the 15 points scored by St. Paul.  The 111 points scored by East Ascension, who was tied for second with Brother Martin before the last consolation rounds, put them in second by themselves.

St. Paul has nine semifinalists and are favored in five of those matches.  As mentioned earlier, East Ascension has six and is favored in three of their semifinals matches.  Brother Martin is favored in five of their seven semifinals matches while Holy Cross is favored in four of their seven.

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Division II Briefer

This division appears to be between Teurlings Catholic and North Desoto.  The Rebels, with 126 points, will bring a three-point lead into Saturday's matches.  Shaw is 17 points behind them in third place.  The Rebels have 13 semifinalists whereas the Griffins have nine.  The outcome may be decided in the semifinals rounds as Teurlings Catholic will face-off against North Desoto at 106 lbs., 132 lbs., 152 lbs., 182 lbs. and 195 lbs.

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Division III Briefest

The Bearcats have a 23-point lead over De la Salle and have 10 semifinalists.  Eight Cavalieres are in the semifinals as are seven Hannan Hawks, who are in third, trailing De la Salle by three points. 

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Glen Bernard wanted a Photo

Christopher Massey of Jesuit pushed #3 Landon Toups of Catholic, but Toups prevailed 3-1. In Round-Two Romig defeated Dutchtown's Ethan Reyna in 3:05 NOMMA's Bryan Leite takes down Rayne's Garett Louviere, yet  Louviere prevailed 8-3.

#6 Daniel Thomas of St. Louis upset #3 Garrett Davis of Dunham 7-4 in the Division III quarterfinals, albeit the both look "upset" here. Three-time Division III state champion Isaac Cortez was on the last two Bearcat teams to win team titles, albeit he is only a spectator for their chance for a "three-peat." And now Comeaux and Lafayette Scrappers coach Glenn Bernard gets his photo.  With Bernard is Huntingdon College head wrestling coach Matt Oliver.

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