BOSSIER CITY — Brother Martin placed 13 of 14 wrestlers in the finals on the way to capturing a Division I state championship at the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA State Championships at Century Link Center in Bossier City.
The Crusaders accumulated a massive 319½ points to capture the title. The pile of points came from six finals appearance and state titles by Connor Hoffman (106), Daniel Croy (126), Patrick Evans (145), and Mack Brown (285).
Brother Martin coach Robert Dauterive was proud of his team but would have like to celebrated a little closer to home.
“I think my team wrestled a great tournament," Dauterive said. "I’m proud of them. We battled some tough teams here. This tournament would have been much better in Baton Rouge or New Orleans. This isn’t the atmosphere to have a state tournament. I hope it gets rectified and don’t have wait another year. It belongs in South Louisiana. That’s where most of the wrestling fans are.”
Jesuit and Holy Cross made the state runner-up a battle with 233 and 222½. The Blue Jays placed five wrestlers in the Division I finals and brought home individual titles by Adam Lariviere (138), Nathan Koenig (152), Paul Truety (160) and Perry Garci (220).
The Tigers lighter weight classes occupied three final appearances and won a title by Michael Lundin (120) helped them reach second.
St. Paul Wolves finished fourth with 190.5 points and competed in one of the finals.
Catholic-Baton Rouge was fifth at 167½. The Bears' Luke Romano (113) and Jacob Ferriday (170) won titles.
Other Division I champions included East Ascension’s Trent Mahoney (132), Darrell Evans from Airline (182) and Gavin Bonillo from McKinley (195).
Four time defending state champions Teurlings Catholic sharing the Division II state title with hometown Parkway as both teams tied with 244½ points.
Teurlings tied the title with the final 285-pound match as Miles Santiago took the title for the Rebels. The Rebels captured one other title by Colton Sonnier (113).
Coach Kent Masson said, “We knew coming into that it was going to go down to final points of the tournament. We never expected it to end in a tie. We knew extra points were going to come into play. I think both team, us and Parkway, wrestled extremely well. To come through this was something extremely special.”
Live Oak has captured third place in Division II with 171½ points. The Eagles took home two titles by Clayton Hill (106) and Camdyn Ingram (152).
Rayne took fourth place with 153.0 points and four titles by Cooper Simon (126) ,Morgan Manuel (132), and Tyler Carrier (195).
Shaw held the fifth spot with 149.0 points, with a title by Eduardo Garcia (170)
Other Division II winners were Blake Martin for Rummell (120), Richard Mark III from North Desoto (138), Carencro’s Taylor Cray (145), Taylor Cray from Carencro (145), Darren Harter from St. Michael the Archangel (182), and Daniel Monroe from Haughton (220).
In Division III, St. Louis dethroned defending two-time state champions De La Salle by a score of 209.0 to 204½. St. Louis accumulated two individual titles with Alexander Yokubaitis (113) and John Patrick Broussard.
State runner up De La Salle Caveliers competed in four finals but did not win any.
Ouachita Christian finished third while Basile was fourth. The Eagles collected 179 points and four state titles from Sam Pitts (126), Mickey Gourdy (132), Matthew Matherne (145), and Matthew Webre (160)
The Bearcats sit closely in fourth with 173½ points and took home a title by Alex Meneir (106) and Isaac Cortez (182).
Brusly finished the tournament in fifth with 110 points in Division III with one third-place finish and four fourth-place finishes.
Other Division III champions are North Vermilion’s Jourdan Theall (120), Brandon Turner(170) from South Plaquemines, and Robert Rabel (195) from Dunham.