December 2nd, 2017| Written by: Editor



5th ANNUAL Border Wars

* Update: 10:40 a.m.: The scores indicated below were only after the first four rounds of the Pool Rounds.  Expect team placement to change after Round 5 is completed.

With three of last season's four best Division I Louisiana teams participating in the Fifth Annual South Walton Border Wars on Friday, it is not surprising to see a Louisiana team leading after Friday's Pool Rounds.  What is surprising is that it is not the 2017 Louisiana Division I champion Holy Cross Tigers.  Nor is it the 2017 Division I runner-up Jesuit Blue Jays.  Instead, it is the 2017 fourth-place finishing St. Paul Wolves who start Saturday's championship rounds with a five point lead.

That lead, by the way, is not over Holy Cross or Jesuit.  The Wolves are 11.5 points ahead of Jesuit and 21.5 points ahead of Holy Cross.  Their five-point lead is over the Trojans of Soddy Daisey High School of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, just northeast of Chattanooga.

Unfortunately, at the end of Friday evening the results of the fifth round of the Pool Rounds was not available on TrackWrestling.  But it may be safe to say that team championship hopes remain for the Wolves, Trojans, Blue Jays and Tigers.  Cambridge High School of Georgia is 11.5 points below Holy Cross, and are 33 points behind St. Paul's.

Florida wrestlers get the first photographs on the Friday recap of this event:

Photo 1: 132 lbs. Ethan Pickren (SW) defeated Matthew Blalock (TAT) 7-0
Photo 2: 138 lbs. Saeid Ejmai (RDG) pinned David Phelps (GBR) in 1:42
Photo 3: 152 lbs. John Maddox (MAR) pinned Christian Hejke (MOS)
Photo 4: 285 lbs. Brody Deloach (PAC) pinned Nai Rousseau (RDG)

A sample of the three Louisiana-based teams:

Photo 1:126 lbs. Brandon Stein (StP) pinned Ethan Lassere (DAP) 
Photo 2: 145 lbs. Grant Hughes (StP) defeated Grant Stanish (CLY) 2-1

Photo 1:160 lbs. Nathan Koenig (JES) pinned Aziah Gudinez (FWB) in 1:20
Photo 2: 170 lbs. Paul Treuting (JES) defeated Trevor Hart (WAK) via an 11-2 Major Decision

Photo 1: 160 lbs. Matthew Gerrets (HC) pinned Blake Lynn (WEW in 2:26 
Photo 2: 182 lbs. Spencer Rayes (HC) pinned Ryan Hatcher (VIL) in 1:37

Wrestling is slated to start at 10 a.m. on Saturday

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