Sheffie finishes perfect in an imperfect season
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division III, 182 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 Shad Sheffie Cameron Mire Wade Rist Christian
Carlos Flores Daniel DeLarosa
School St. Michael Kaplan Hannan Basile Thomas Jefferson Haynes
Seed 1 2 4 5 3 NS
Class 12 12 10 10 11 12
Final Record 23-0 12-3 12-7 6-3 6-3 6-7

Final records include Louisiana losses but all wins

Weight Class Synopsis

When thinking of the 11 non-top-seeded young men in this weight class, images of the Spartans at Thermopylae, Tennyson's "Light Brigade" at Balaklava, the Australian infantry at Gallipoli and Ajax's men who did not know what Deadpool could do with only 12 bullets come to mind.  All were gallant foes (well, maybe not Ajax's men so much), but they were ill prepared their opponent.

That would be St. Michael senior Shad Sheffie.  Or defending Division III state champion and 19-0 Shad Sheffie.  Or the kid who either pinned or scored a technical fall over 17 opponents before 4:01 had elapsed.  (Division I runner-up Steven Driggers made it six minutes in an 8-4 match and Sheffie teched Live Oak's Logan Pertuis, but no time was listed; two other Sheffie technical falls ended in under 4:00.) 

This was no ordinary COVID-plagued Division III record.  Aside from Driggers Sheffie also pinned or teched Division I 3rd-place winner Austin Reason of Central and nine other Division I opponents, Division II state champion Reid Bourgeois of Teurlings Catholic and four other Division II opponents and the Division III 195 lbs. champion and runner-up Baylor Waggoner of Basile and Trace Morrow of Summerfield.  He won the Live Oak 4, the Spartan Invitational and the Jacob McMillan Memorial, yet an unfortunate extra 30 minutes at a doctor's office for a "just to be really safe" test kept him out of the Louisiana Classic.  With all of the matches lost due to COVID Sheffie still put together a season others would envy.

Oddly, or by design if one believes 11 coaches could agree to conspire to something of this nature, not one of the other wrestlers faced Sheffie during the season.  Kaplan's Cameron Mire had a loss to Baylor Waggoner of Basile but only one other loss, and that was to a Division I opponent.  He had wins over fifth-seeded Christian Bergeron at the Brusly Invitational and versus fourth-seeded Wade Rist of Hannan in the finals of that event.  Rist's record was marred by some tough names including Shaw's Jude Monaco, Blain Cascio of St. Paul and Christian Moore of Chalmette.

Bergeron upset Rist in the quarterfinals 6-5 but he two met again for third place in a match won by Rist 4-1.  Bergeron placed one spot better for the defending champion Bearcats than he was seeded.  "Crashing" the podium party with a sixth-place finish was Haynes senior Daniel DeLarosa, who overcame his quarterfinals loss to Mire with a pin in 4:16 followed by a 6-4 Sudden Victory win over sixth-seeded Graham Conrad of St. Louis to make the final placement match against third-seeded Carlos Flores of Thomas Jefferson.  Flores, however, won that match in 2:14.


(1) Shad Sheffie (StM) pinned Blake Bradley (JC) in 0:48
(5) Christian Bergeron (BAS) defeated (4) Wade Rist (HAN) 6-5
(3) Carlos Flores (TJ) pinned (6) Graham Conrad (StL) in 5:04
(2) Cameron Mire (KAP) pinned Daniel DeLarosa (HAY) in 4:47

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(1) Shad Sheffie (StM) pinned (5) Christian Bergeron (BAS) in 1:12
(2) Cameron Mire (KAP) pinned (3) Carlos Flores (TJ) in 3:47

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(4) Wade Rist (HAN) defeated (5) Christian Bergeron (BAS) 4-1 to place 3rd
(3) Carlos Flores (TJ) pinned Daniel Delarosa (HAY) in 2:14 to place 5th

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Top-seeded Shad Sheffie of St. Michael maintained his spotless record with a fall in 0:24 over second-seeded Cameron Mire of Kaplan.  In doing so, however, he eschewed the publicity that would have arisen from any photos of his match.  The video showed that Sheffie just grabbed and lifted one of Mire's legs.  He tried to stack Mire, but when that did not work he settled for a cross-face cradle to earn the 0:24 pin.

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