Soniat solves the Lanosga problem in 1:19
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division I, 285 Pounds
May 9th, 2021 | Written by: Staff writer

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


Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Podium No photo
Name Gavin Soniat Spencer Lanosga Christian Mannino Caleb Harris Bobby Simpson Osee Anderson
School East Ascension Jesuit Catholic Sulphur Byrd Zachary
Seed 1 2 3 4 5 6
Class 12 9 12 12 12 12
Final Record 20-2 11-2 14-3 12-5 7-2 7-3

Final records include Louisiana losses but all wins

Weight Class Synopsis

Jesuit freshman Spencer Lanosga was 8-1 entering the state championships.  The eight wins were by first-period falls.  The one loss was a 6-5 UTB match against Zachary's Ashton Freeman in the Louisiana Classic semifinals.  As the second seed, Lanosga recorded three more first-period falls to reach the finals.

East Ascension senior Gavin Soniat, the 2020 Division I runner-up, had Freeman in common with Lanosga.  Freeman defeated Soniat twice, once 3-2 in a dual meet and next via a fall in 7:53.  The last match, however, was in the Louisiana Classic finals.  As Soniat placed second and Lanosga placed third, Soniat got top-billing at the state championships.  He also used three first-period falls to reach the finals.

Third and fourth seeds Christian Mannino of Catholic and Caleb Harris had something in common re their respective two and three losses going into the state championships.  All five came from either Soniat or Lanosga.  Harris would add another name to that list, or rather Mannino would add it for him, as Mannino defeated Harris 4-3 to place third.  The other two seeded wrestlers were undefeated, but only in two matches for Byrd's Bobby Simpson and two for Zachary's Osee Anderson.  Those two kept the seeding of this weight class perfect as Simpson pinned Anderson in 1:52 to place fifth.

Oddly, despite everything I wrote about the 220 lbs. finals match and what I wrote about the Louisiana Classic 285 lbs. and 182 lbs. finals matches, this weight class was the fastest of the tournament.  There were 43 matches.  Five went the full six minutes.  The remaining 38 were falls that averaged 1:46 each.  The next fastest was 195 lbs. which had 22 falls that averaged 1:51 each.  But it also had 13 6-plus- minute matches. 

The point I am trying to make is that those 3-2 UTB matches consist of competitors who refuse to give-up, even under the heaviest pressure (bad pun intended).

Early Championship Rounds

R1: Logan Potter (COV) pinned Deven Clawsen (FNT) in 0:50
R1: (5) Bobby Simpson (BYR) pinned ayden lewis (DUT) in 2:35
R2: (5) Bobby Simpson (BYR) pinned Adam Bourgeois (BM) in 5:53
R2: (4) Caleb Harris (SUL) pinned Dustin Carlos (TER)in 0:30

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(1) Gavin Soniat (EA) pinned (8) Bryant Breksa (CHL) in 1:00
(4) Caleb Harris (SUL) pinned (5) Bobby Simpson (BYR) in 2:23
(3) Christian Mannino (CAT) pinned (6) Osee Anderson (ZAC) in 2:23
(2) Spencer Lanosga (JES) pinned (7) Bryan Kimball (DES) in 0:00.  (Yeah...that's fast.)

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(1) Gavin Soniat (EA)  pinned (4) Caleb Harris (SUL) in 1:30
(2) Spencer Lanosga (JES) pinned (3) Christian Mannino (CAT) in 1:52

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(3) Christian Mannino (CAT) defeated (4) Caleb Harris (SUL) 4-3 to place 3rd
(5) Bobby Simpson (BYR) pinned (6) Osee Anderson (ZAC) in 1:52 to place 5th

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Top-seeded Gavin Soniat of East Ascension pinned second-seeded Spencer Lanosga in 1:19
This one started off as if it might be a 3-2 UTB match as the first 1:15 were spent just tying-up with one another and trying Russian-ties to no avail.  But with about 45 seconds remaining Soniat caught Lanosga standing up a little too straight, and while he started what appeared to be a low percentage head-and-arm throw, Soniat stuck an ankle behind Lanosga's ankle, which unbalanced Lanosga and allowed the throw to work.  Soniat won the second Spartan championship with 41 second remaining.  More importantly to the Spartans as a team, the extra two points for the fall broke a tie with Brother Martin to give the Spartans sole possession of third place.

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