What one can discern from Wednesday's and Thursday's dual meets
January 6th, 2022| Written by: Staff writer



First, for those who missed it, the question is "What is 88."  The polite question is "What is 29?"  The answer was "It was the age my mother turned today?"  If you responded incorrectly, well she is a retired schoolteacher and, well, is 88.  Run.  Run fast.  Run far!

Please keep in mind that she fronted the money to start the Louisiana High School Wrestling Archives in 2006 and the beginning of the Louisiana Wrestling News in 2021 (before we bought the triplex in 2015).

As seeding for the Louisiana Classic approaches matches become very important.  Most of the higher seeds have been determined, in the minds of the seeding committee members, one hopes.  Minor alterations may occur after this weekend’s events: the Brusly Open, the Battle of New Orleans, the Greg Lavergne Duals, the St. Amant Duals, the Big Cat Brawl and the Big Sam Duals.

Wednesday, though, had some interesting match results.  The biggest, doubtless, was the Jesuit vs. Teurlings Catholic rematch from the Beast on the Bayou finals on December 29th at Shaw.  There, Teurlings Catholic defeated the Blue Jays handily, 51-24.  On Wednesday night at De la Salle Jesuit avenged that loss, defeating the Rebels 39-33.  Seven of the matches on Wednesday provided the same results in their weight classes did the week before.  For example, at 126 lbs. TC gained six points via a forfeit on Wednesday, and last night they received six points via a fall.

Two matches between the same wrestlers resulted in reverse decision.  On December 29th Jesuit's Arthur Schott defeated TC's Owen de Boisbanc 7-7-4.  Last night de Boisbanc avenged the loss via a 7-3 win.  Reversing a fall he suffered on the 29th, Jesuit's Joseph Barnett returned the favor by pinning the Rebels' Kole Hayes.  (Get used to Jesuit winning at 285 lbs. as Spencer Lanosga should return to the mats on Saturday or Wednesday.) 

Jesuit gained additional points by Bodi Harris, who pinned TC's Brennan Romero this time, as opposed to his 7-4 win at Shaw.  The Blue Jays also got a fall at 113 lbs. by John Michael Bourgeois.  On the 29th Bourgeois was pinned by TC's Ashton Sonnier, who did not participate in this match.  TC lost three points at 195 lbs. as Eric Levert of the Rebels only managed a decision against Blue Jay Dominic Loguidice, while at Shaw Levert scored a fall over Jackson Calderano.  Jackson Ballay sat out at 145 lbs., but the Blue Jays still recorded a fall at that weight.  Putting Loguidice in netted the Blue Jays three points.  But TC gained three points as Winn McConnell only managed a 5-3 decision over Reid Bourgeois, while he scored a fall on the 29th when Bourgeois did not participate.

Jesuit's forfeit at 170 did not make a difference. 

Jesuit put up a better team, albeit not necessarily a stronger one, this time.  The difference means a stronger team can win a dual meet, while a better one will gain more points in a tournament. 

I still cannot see the strongest possible Jesuit team beating the strongest possible TC team, but it would be a close match.  Ashton Sonnier has only lost two matches all season.  They were both to Brother Martin freshman Richie Clement, and they were close affairs (3-0 and 4-2).  In his other 13 matches he has eight falls, two TFs, a MD and two regular decisions - and those were over very high-quality opponents in Dutchtown's Cole Mire and Southside's Landon Reaux.

Brennan Boyer of the Rebels move up to 126 lbs.  At Shaw he was at 120 lbs. and pinned Chase Haydel of the Blue Jays.  Last night, Haydel scored a fall.   Evidently Coen Begnaud was not available to compete at 126 lbs. last night.

If Sonnier had wrestled last night then TC +6 and JES -6.  If Boyer had wrestled at 120 lbs. last night then TC +6 and JES -6.  If those two things had happened the Rebels would have won 45-27.

Please do not take my reflections in the wrong way - since I started wrestling "all was not right in the world" unless Jesuit won the Division I state title.  And of the four decisions in the dual meet, the largest margin of victory was four points, and that was achieved against the same opponent who previously beat him 7-4.  Two decisions were by two points and one by a single point.  Had those matches gone Jesuit's way and Sonnier and Boyer competed at 113 and 120, Jesuit would have won as they did, 39-33.

The two squads are very close,  TC will not win 10 out of 10 against the Blue Jays.  But they will win six of those 10.  I have to give a slight not to ranking TC over Jesuit re dual meet strength.

Luckily, such a thought means absolutely nothing.  Both teams have several wrestlers who should go very deep into the Louisiana Classic brackets, there is no dual meet state championship to be decided and the two schools are in different divisions at the state championships.  So, the reader has spent however long reading this for nothing, which is time the reader will never get back.  And the only graphic on this page is a photograph of my mother!  (I need to celebrate a lot of other peoples' birthdays by not renovating the apartments!)

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No photographs, no conjecture, just relevant matches and/or scores from other dual meets

Wednesday Night

Jesuit 52-De la Salle 18

106 lbs. - Bodi Harris (JES) defeated Dylan Duvernay (DLS) 11-4.  Duvernay should be a toss-up with TC's Brennan Romero for the fifth spot at the Louisiana Classic (LACL).

Brother Martin 47-Holy Cross 18

126 lbs. - Ty Duncan won his match via a fall, but it should be noted that this is the first time Duncan has competed on the varsity squad this season.  I do not know if Duncan has taken the spot from Hunter Chabert via prowess on the practice mats or an injury to Chabert.  Duncan, though, should fill the spot nicely.  He has wins over Gunner Guidry (HC), Caleb Andrews (BC), Christopher Bacot (PKY), Watts Goodson (CAT) and Lucas Maneckshaw (EA).  That is a good understudy to have, if that is the case,

152 lbs. - Nick DiGeralamo (HC) thwarted a fireman's carry attempt by Ryan Corca (BM) and used it to score a fall in 2:13,

220 lbs. - Senior Julian Tapia (BM) emerged from the shadows by taking 2021 Division I runner-up Cole Baiamonte (HC) to an Ultimate Tie-breaker round, losing 2-1.  Aside from that, Tapia is undefeated against Louisiana competition.

Shaw 44-Rummel 30

Catholic 39-Rummel 32

East Ascension 54-Hahnville 30

Plaquemine 12-Broadmoor 12

Thursday Night

North Desoto 60 - Haughton 12

160 lbs. - Hunter Addison (ND) over Charlie Yocum (HAU) 11-8

170 lbs. - Hunter Hanson (ND) over Jason Zahn (HAU) in 1:16

These two matches may not affect LACL seeding but should prove to be factors when the Division II state championships are seeded.

Hannan 54-Covington 12

160 lbs. - Preston Gautier (HAN) over Landon Carroll (COV) 7-6

Airline 53-Benton 30

Basile 57 - St. Louis 18

Basile 69 - South Beauregard 6

Hannan 52-Mandeville 18

Mandeville 39-Covington 21

Belle Chasse 35-Fontainebleau 34

Lakeshore 48-Belle Chasse 36

Fontainebleau 42-Lakeshore 30



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