Clay still wears the bear best in Division II
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division II, 132 Pounds
May 9th, 2021 | Written by: Staff writer

Weight Class Synopsis Quarterfinals Semifinals 3rd and 5th Finals

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Name Tyrick Clay Lance Ferguson Hudson Sharon Alex Eschette Gabe Meija Cameron
School Carencro North Desoto Teurlings
Lakeshore Belle Chasse Rummel
Seed 1 2 3 4 NS 6
Class 12 11 9 12 11 9
Final Record 12-0 17-2 12-3 18-8 6-8 12-11

Final records include Louisiana losses but all wins

Weight Class Synopsis

Some people needed to be convinced that Carencro's Tyrick Clay should be the favorite at 132 lbs. in Division II. 

Sure, he did not step onto a mat in competition-mode until January 16th, and prior to this event he wrestled only eight matches.  Yet he won all eight of them, and he faced some good competition.  One was against Lafayette's Jensen Bergeron who placed 5th in Division I at 138 lbs.  Another was against Teurlings Catholic's Jaxson Sinclair, who placed third in Division II at 138 lbs.  Actually, aside from his last regular season match he had only competed at 138 lbs.  So what?  In those eight matches and his first three at the Raising Cane's River Center, he went into the second period a total of...NEVER.  His average match length for those 11 matches was 1:22.  He is a defending Division II state champion senior.

Plus, this is the kid who wore the bear costume on top of the 2020 Ken Cole podium.  Who can beat that?

North Desoto's Lance Ferguson looked to be "that."  He entered the tournament with a 13-1 record, and his only loss was to St. Amant's Jace Chenevert.  Ferguson placed third at the LACL, at which he defeated the soon-to-be Division I runner-up Carter Duet of St. Paul, as well as the soon-to-be Division III runner-up Cade Hontiveros of Hannan.  Teurlings Catholic freshman Hudson Sharon (8-2) and Lakeshore senior Alex Eschette (15-6), the third and fourth seeds, had potential but did not have the quality wins or resumes of Clay or Ferguson.  Sharon gave Ferguson a tough 6-3 semifinals match, but Eschette was another victim of a Clay pin in under one minute.

Sharon and Eschette , as well as sixth-seeded Cameron Gandolfi of Rummel, stayed true to their seeding also.  Sharon, just a freshman, defeated the senior from Lakeshore via a 10-2 Major Decision to place third.  Gandolfi fell to Belle Chasse's unseeded junior Gabe Meija via a 19-4 Technical Fall in the match for fifth.



(1) Tyrick Clay (CAR) pinned (8) Gabe Meija (BC) in 0:50
(4) Alex Eschette (LKS) pinned (5) Joseph George (RAY) in 3:07
(3) Hudson Sharon (TC) pinned (6) Cameron Gandolfi (RUM) in 2:36
(2) Lance Ferguson (ND) pinned (7) Lincoln Palmer (NV) in 0:51

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(1) Tyrick Clay (CAR) pinned (4) Alex Eschette (LKS) in 0:50
(2) Lance Ferguson (ND) defeated (3) Hudson Sharon (TC) 6-3

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(3) Hudson Sharon (TC) defeated (4) Alex Eschette (LKS) 10-2 MD to place 3rd
(8) Gabe Meija (BC) defeated (6) Cameron Gandolfi (RUM) via a 19-4 TF to place 5th

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Top-seeded Tyrick Clay of Carencro won his second Division II state championship via a 14-4 major decision over second-seeded Lance Ferguson of North Desoto  
Giving up a stalling point in the first period is not a sign of good fortunes ahead.  Giving up two, well, in this case, that meant a 14-4 major decision loss is coming one's way.  Without the stalling points the two would have been tied 2-2 after the first period.  Ferguson's points were scored by reversals in the first and third periods, but his demise was allowing Clay to ride him for the entirety of the second period as well as giving the Carencro wrestler three nearfall points.  The two traded reversals in the final period, but then Clay scored another one and tacked on three more nearfall points as the match ended.   

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