November 9th Update
November 13th, 2019 | Written by: Editor | Photos courtesy of Chase Cox



Three tournaments were held on Saturday, November 9th, 2019.

The editor was unable to attend any of them but can report on what he thinks are some interesting results. 

Warrior Open

The 2019 Warrior Open was held at St. Michael the Archangel.  Based only on the top-four placers in each weight class it appears Shaw may have fared the best.  2019 Division II state champion Glenn Price placed first for the Eagles, as did 2019 Division II runner-up Raheem Bonnet.  Hayden Tassin and Todd Ritter placed second for Shaw.

A few teams did not have their full lineups, but of the Division I teams C.E. Byrd seems to have fared the best.  Demetri Teddie defeated St. Amant's Corey Brownell 5-4 in the first round, and defeated Shaw's Ritter in the finals.  Following Teddie's win, Jacob Yawn scored a fall in 1:03 of the 152 pounds final against Division II state champion Anthony Dodson of Live Oak.  Byrd's Cameron Vaughns placed second while J.W. Fuller and Logan Lewis placed third. 

 Many would consider Dodson's loss an upset.  Yet Dodson showed last season that he gets much better by the end of a season, though, as he lost 10 Louisiana matches until a 9-0 run after the Louisiana Classic.  One would be unwise to count him out of state championship potential.

East Ascension had two champions in Santos Ramos and two-time defending Division I state champion Trent Mahoney.  Brad Mahoney placed third for the Spartans.

Other winners were Ernie Perry, III, of Airline, three-time defending Division III state champion Alex Yokubaitis, Live Oak's Clayton Hill, Andrew Kleinpeter of Catholic and St. Amant's Abdiel Sanchez.  Rounding out the champions are Jarin Meyer and Axel Encalada-Arc, two of Coach Bill Bofinger's Baton Rouge Bulldogs.

Yokubaitis and Mayer won Outstanding Wrestler awards.

Airline placers, aside from the champion Perry, were Michael Salinas, who placed second, and Tanner Almond, who placed third.  Photos of the Airline placers are below:

[Left] Ernie Perry, III, with his championship bracket and medal; [Right] runner-up Michael Salinas, Perry and third-place finisher Tanner Almond

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Mandeville Open

The Mandeville Open was held on the Northshore and Brother Martin dominated it.  The Crusaders had eight champions: Mason Elsensohn, Jake Spellman, Logan Bertot, Chase Scott, Alex Duncan, Riley Horvath, Mason Massicot and Eli Hope won titles for the Crusaders.

Vincent Bruno of Mandeville, Reed Barnewold of Holy Cross, Christian Moore of Chalmette, Christopher Allen of Covington and Logan Ahlborn and Jake Stelly of Fontainebleau won the remaining championships.

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Raider 8

St. Paul handily won the Raider 8, outscoring runner-up Rummel 185 to 138.

For the Wolves, championships were won by Preston Tate, Sam Davidson, Landry Barker and Sam Avenel.  Winning for the home team Raiders were Jacob Baltz, Kobe Wise, Jacob Ramirez and Logan Aucoin. 

Brusly had three champions in Kaul Kayser, Austin Persinger and Aaron Couty.  Grace King had champions in Michael Foster and Mannan Rama.  Hahnville's Shannon Summers won for the Tigers.

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As it is early in the season not much of significance can be deduced by the results of the above three tournaments.  Seven state champions competed in them: Glenn Price, Logan Bertot, Alex Yokubaitis, Alex Duncan, Anthony Dodson, Calep Balcuns and Mason Massicot.  Aside from Dodson, Brusly's Calep Balcuns was injured after only 20 seconds of his finals match with Rummel's Jacob Ramirez.

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