Trahan does not let misguided seeding get in the way of his third Division III championship
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division III, 160 Pounds
May 9th, 2021 | Written by: Staff Writer



Weight Class Synopsis Quarterfinals Semifinals 3rd and 5th Finals

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Podium Mr. Otzenberger was about two seconds late to get on the podium before RomaPics started taking photographs.  They did not allow him to step on the third-place tier.  No photo
Name Andrew Trahan Grayson
Christian Otzenberger Baylor McCoy Giovanni
School Brusly Hannan Calvary Baptist Basile De la Salle Kaplan
Seed 2 1 3 NS 4 5
Class 12 11 11 11 11 11
Final Record 19-3 9-1 11-3 3-2 15-12 11-8

Final records include Louisiana losses but all wins

Weight Class Synopsis

OK, Grayson Pennison of Hannan was a defending Division III state champions and he was undefeated at 7-0.  In those seven matches he won the Brusly Invitational, the only tournament he entered. He was the top-seed at 160 lbs.  His hardest matches were against Division III 4th-place winner Luke Fontenot of Basile and 5th-place winner Giovanni Cusimano of De la Salle.

On the other side, Brusly's Andrew Trahan was a two-time defending Division III champion, a Jacob McMillan Memorial champion, a Brusly Invitational champion and a Louisiana Classic champion.  Sure, in his 19 matches he had three losses.  They were to soon-to-be two-time Division II state champion Jacob Ramirez, soon-to-be two-time Division I state champion Peyton Ward of St. Paul and, at the time, the best 152 lbs. wrestler at the time, Rayden Ingram of Live Oak.  He beat Division II runner-up Luke Robertson of De la Salle, Division II state champion Joshua Vincent, Division I fifth-place winner Jaden Snyder of St. Amant and Division I fourth seed Hayden Wood of Parkway.

Trahan was seeded second.

The rest of the seeding was fine, and only one unexpected wrestler made it to the podium.  Pennison used falls in 3:52 and 1:07 to advance to the finals.  Trahan did the same with falls in 0:52 and 3:51.  Calvary Baptist’s Christian Otzenberger placed third, as he was expected to do.  But he was supposed to win third over fourth-seeded Cusimano.  Unseeded Baylor McCoy saw to that, and the unseeded Basile Bearcat placed fourth after a 10-1 MD loss to Otzenberger.  McCoy beat Cusimano 7-4 in the consolation finals, so the Cavalier wrestler was forced to wrestle for fifth against fifth-seeded Kagen Schexnayder of Church Point.  This was the second meeting between Cusimano and Schexnayder.  Cusimano won their quarterfinals match in 3:52.  The fifth-place match only took him 2:06.

FYI, Trahan gave Ramirez all the Raider wanted until he tired in the third period of his first match of the season.  Ingram only beat him by five points a week later.  And while Ward won 10-2, Ward was primed and in top form.

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(1) Grayson Pennison (HAN) pinned Mason Dolan (StM) in 3:52
(4) Giovanni Cusimano (DLS) pinned (5) Kagen Schexnayder (KAP) in 3:52
(3) Christian Otzenberger (CVB) pinned Dontae Dominguez (CP) in 4:42
(2) Andrew Trahan (BRU) pinned Shreve Gage (StL) in 0:52

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(1) Grayson Pennison (HAN) pinned (4) Giovanni Cusimano (DLS) in 1:07
(2) Andrew Trahan (BRU) pinned (3) Christian Otzenberger (CVB) in 3:51

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(3) Christian Otsenberger (CVB) defeated Baylor McCoy (BAS) 10-1 MD to place 3rd
(4) Giovanni Cusimano (DLS) pinned (5) Kagen Schexnayder (KAP) in 2:06 to place 5th

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Brusly senior Andrew Trahan won his third consecutive Division III championship via a 12-8 win over top-seeded Grayson Pennison of Hannan
Pennison started off like a defending state champion with a takedown for a 2-0 lead.  Trahan finished like a two-time defending state champion, escaping and then taking Pennison down for a 3-2 first period lead, and never trailing again.  Trahan outscored Pennison 5-3 in the second period and 4-3 in the third.  Half of Pennison's points came from escapes and a penalty point.  Trahan scored four takedowns, a reversal and two escapes for his 12 points.

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