Louisiana Classic - 220 pounds
Ellis wins Jesuit's third title
March 31st, 2023 | Written by: Staff writer



(1) Griffin Ellis
2nd 3rd 4th
(3) Blayden Laidlaw
(4) James Baldwin
(2) Kristofer Mesloh

Blue Jay senior Griffin Ellis' only loss was to Baton Rouge's Eli Latilois in the finals of the Zachary Big Horse.  Prior to that he won the South Walton Border Wars.  Ellis' only challenge on his way to the finals was from Division III Dunham's James Baldwin in an 8-5 semifinals match.

Parkway's second-seeded Kristofer Mesloh had two losses to Louisiana wrestlers, but won titles at the Riot on the Red, the Lone Survivor and the Brusly Division II.  Blayden Laidlaw of Sulphur, seeded third, had three losses, but all were to out-of-state competition.  Laidlaw's prowess showed in his 4:00 semifinals fall over Mesloh.

Laidlaw also showed a lot as he was ahead of Ellis 4-3 heading into the third period of the finals.  Ellis won the final two minutes 5-2, though, to exit the mat with an 8-6 championship, the third for the Blue Jays.


(1) Griffin Ellis (JES) defeated (4) James Baldwin (DUN) 8-5
(3) Blayden Laidlaw (SUL) pinned (4) Kristofer Mesloh (PKY) in 4:00

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Third-Sixth Place

(4) James Baldwin (DUN) defeated (2) Kristofer Mesloh (PKY) 5-2 to place 3rd
Blair Rousseau (CAT) defeated (6) Gage Kelly (LO) 3-1 SV to place 5th 


(1) Griffin Ellis (JES) defeated Blayden Laidlaw (SUL) 8-6


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