Reaux defies another third-period deficit for Southside's first state championship
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division I, 106 Pounds
May 9th, 2021 | Written by: Staff writer

Weight Class Synopsis Early Championship Rounds Quarterfinals Semifinals Consolation Rounds 3rd and 5th Finals

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Podium None Available None Available None Available None Available None Available None Available
Name Landon Reaux Dylan Moser John-Michael Bourgeois Grant Grizzaffi J.W. Fuller Anthony Perez
School Southside Brother Martin Jesuit Catholic C.E. Byrd Chalmette
Seed 1 NS 5 2 4
Class Sophomore Junior Sophomore Sophomore Senior Junior
Final Record 20-2 21-1 11-7 14-5 6-2 21-8

Final records include Louisiana losses but all wins

Weight Class Synopsis

Brother Martin junior Dylan Moser brought a perfect 18-0 record into the state champions and was accordingly designated the top-seed at 106 lbs.  He won the Stewart Schay Black Horse in Tennessee and followed that with championships Zachary Big Horse and the Trey Culotta.  Until December 30th his closest match was a 3-0 win in the Black Horse semifinals, and he later dominated that opponent (Alex Ropski of Christian Brothers) 7-1 in the Trey Culotta finals.  On December 30th at a quad-meet with Teurlings Catholic, Jesuit and Southside, he ran into two of his hardest matches of the season.  One was a 5-3 win over Teurlings Catholic junior Ashton Sonnier, who would go on to win a Division II title.  The other match was against  sophomore Landon Reaux of Southside.  Reaux tasted his first defeat of the season earlier that day in a 6-5 match with Sonnier.  Reaux later, though, pushed Moser to an extra period, in a 7-5 SV loss.  Moser wrestled a lot of matches, but one weekend he did miss was that of the Louisiana Classic.  He might want that one back.

Seeded second was Byrd senior J.W. Fuller.  That was a hard one to understand as Fuller was only 1-0 during the year and placed only 6th in the 2020 state championships.  Southside's Landon Reaux was seeded third.  He probably should have been seeded second as he had a 15-2 record, with his only losses coming from Sonnier and Moser.  He avenged his loss to Sonnier in the Louisiana Classic finals.  He also won the Jacob McMillan Memorial and the Acadia Inferno.  But if the expectation was for Reaux and Fuller to meet in the semifinals, all worked out as needed.   Fuller defeated Reaux 6-4 SV in the fourth round of consolations in 2020.  Not this time, though.  Reaux and Fuller met in the semifinals and the Sharks' sophomore outscored the Yellowjacket senior via a 20-8 major decision.

 Chalmette sophomore Anthony Perez was the fourth-seed, followed by Catholic's Grant Grizzaffi in fifth and East Ascension senior David Bourgeois was seeded sixth.  Freshman Tyler Roach of Sam Houston was the seventh seed.  Colin Enk of St. Paul was seeded eighth. 

The middle of the bottom of the bracket had a couple of young'uns to watch next season.  John-Michael Bourgeois of Jesuit dispatched his first opponent easily, but then had his hands full with Sam Houston freshman Tyler Roach.  Roach busted out a 10-3 lead in the first period, but the Blue Jay sophomore whittled away at the points until he was ahead 12-10 with 1:20 remaining.  Roach reversed Bourgeois to tie the match with 27 second left, but Bourgeois manage another reversal before time ran out for a 14-12 victory.  Roach fell to Grizzaffi before the placement matches, but the unseeded Bourgeois used a 12-4 major decision, a fall in 2:10, A fall in 3:59 over Perez to make the consolation finals, and then eked out an 8-7 win over Grizzaffi to place third.  In this match it was Bourgeois taking a 6-2 lead into the third period only to have Grizzaffi tie the score 7-7 with a takedown with a minute left.  The TW video stops in the second period, but it is a safe bet Grizzaffi let Bourgeois escape immediately after he scored the takedown, as he did not want to give Bourgeois a chance for a last-second escape.  In this scenario a Grizzaffi takedown would most probably win the match.  Bourgeois, however, did not let that happen and the unseeded sophomore who entered with the 5-6 record entering the event ended his season 11-7 and a Division I third place medal.

Fuller ended his high school career as a winner, defeating Perez 11-6 to place fifth.  Perez Grizzaffi in the quarterfinals and lost to Moser, as expected, in the semifinals, but he did not foresee Bourgeois in the wrestlebacks.  Nobody else did, either, but expect Perez to be a formidable challenge to anyone in the 2021-22 season.  Expect the same from Grizzaffi, and Roach, and now that his true identity has been revealed, John-Michael Bourgeois as well.

Early Championship Rounds

R2: (8) Conlan Enk (StP) pinned Colton Owens (DES) in 2:11

R2: John-Michael Bourgeois defeated (7) Tyson Roach 14-12

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(1) Dylan Moser (BM) pinned (8) Conlan Enk (StP) in 1:26
(4) Anthony Perez (CHL) defeated (5) Grant Grizzaffi (CAT) 8-7

(3) Landon Reaux (SS) pinned David Harrison (FNT) in 1:28
(2) J.W. Fuller (BYR) pinned John-Michael Bourgeois (JES) in 4:08

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(1) Dylan Moser (BM) pinned (4) Anthony Perez (CHL) in 0:56
(3) Landon Reaux (SS) defeated (2) J.W. Fuller (BYR) 20-8 MD

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Consolation Rounds

C2: Luke Appe (HC) defeated John Blanchard (ZA) 6-4

C3: (7) Tyler Roach (SH) pinned Matthew Gallman (PKY) in 2:50

C3: David Bourgeois (EA) pinned Ronnie Leslie (COM) in 0:38

C3: Lathan Herschey (LO) pinned Logan Olsen (AIR) in 2:31

Colton Owens (DES) pinned Luke Appe (HC) in 4:10

CSF: (4) Grant Grizzaffi (CAT) defeated (2) J.W. Fuller (BYR) 8-7

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Championship Consolation Rounds

John-Michael Bourgeois (JES) defeated (5) Grant Grizzaffi (CAT) 8-7 to place 3rd
(2) J.W. Fuller (BYR) defeated (4) Anthony Perez (CHL) 11-6 to place 5th

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(3) Landon Reaux of Southside defeated (1) Dylan Moser of Brother Martin 7-6
The finals started by pitting Reaux, who came back in the third period to win the Louisiana Classic over Ashton Sonnier of Teurlings Catholic, against the undefeated Moser, who gave Reaux his only un-avenged loss of the season.

Tied 2-2 after the first period. Moser opened-up a 5-2 lead to start the third period with Reaux on bottom.  Reaux took 11 second to score a reversal and tie the match at 5-5.  Moser escaped with 49 seconds remaining.  Reaux needed a takedown to win and, apparently, Moser is not the stalling type.  Moser held off a good single-leg shot with a whizzer until the two went out-of-bounds.  With 16 seconds remaining Reaux shot a deep double-leg and was able to get his head on Moser's side and bring the Crusader to the mat, scoring the go-ahead takedown points with nine second remaining.  The two went out of bounds and Reaux had to keep Moser in check for two more seconds to secure the title.  He did that, giving the Sharks their first state championship and earning Reaux the Division I Outstanding Wrestler award.

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