Drake ends eight year championship drought for the Patriots
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division III, 285 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 No Photo
Name John Drake Trey Jeffries Brennan Kass Denarius
School John Curtis South Beauregard Church Point Brusly Basile Bossier
Seed 1 3 2 6 5 NS
Class 12 12 12 11 11 12
Final Record 9-2 6-2 9-2 9-4 6-12 8-7

Final records include Louisiana losses but all wins

Weight Class Synopsis

John Curtis senior John Drake may not have had enough mat time this season to pose a greater risk to Division I and Division II notable 285 lbs. opponents, but he had all he needed to "lock-up" the top seed in the Division III state championships.  His two losses were to eventual Division I state champion Gavin Soniat of East Ascension and Division I third-place winner Christian Mannino of Catholic (Drake defeated Mannino last season).  He really just needed two matches, both of which he got at the Brusly Invitational when, in the semifinals, he pinned South Beauregard's Trey Jeffries in 2:56, and then in the finals when he pinned Brennan Cass of Church Point in 3:18.  The only losses Jeffries and Kass had were to Drake in that event, and because Kass placed received the better seed.

The seeding of Kass and Jeffries, no matter which were second or third, meant that, barring any upsets, those two would meet in the semifinals.  They did, and it was Jeffries prevailing by a fall in 4:47.

Kass ended up in third after a tough 3-2 match with (6) Denarious Robinson of Brusly.  Jackson was ousted from the placement matches by unseeded Billy Broom, a senor from Bossier.  Broom lost in 4:44 to Basile's (5) Anphrony Guillory in the match for 5-th place.

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(1) John Drake (JC) defeated Billy Broom (BOS) via a 10-0 major decision
(5) Anphrony Guillory (BAS) pinned (4) Kennith Jackson, III (DLS) in 2:42
(3) Trey Jeffries (SB) pinned (6) Denarius Robinson (BRU) in 3:18
(2) Brennan Kass (CP) pinned Ryan Fobbs (ERA) in 1:13

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(1) John Drake (JC) pinned (5) Anphrony Guillory (BAS) in 4:52
(3) Trey Jeffries (SB) pinned (2) Brennan Kass (CP) in 5:29

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Championship Consolation Rounds

(2) Brenan Kass of Church Point defeated (6) Denarius Robinson of Brusly 3-2 to place 3rd
(5) Anphrony Guillory (BAS) pinned Billy Broom (BOS) in 4:44 to place 5th

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John Curtis' top-seed John Drake pinned South Beauregard's third-seeded Trey Jeffries in 2:25
Senior John Drake, after placing third, fifth and third in previous state championships, walked through the competition with a fall in 1:04, a 10-0 major decision and falls in 4:52 and 2:25 to win the Patriots' first individual championship since Spencer Lemoine in 2013.

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