Brother Martin sits atop the team standings after the first day of competition in the Louisiana Classic Wrestling Tournament at the Baton Rouge Community College Bonne Sante’ Wellness Center.
The Crusaders rolled up 160 points through three rounds in the championship bracket, plus two rounds in the consolation brackets.
St. Paul’s stood in second place with 117 points, followed by Jesuit (96.5), Holy Cross (91), St. Amant (75.5), Catholic of Baton Rouge (71) and Archbishop Rummel (66.5).
The only No. 1 seed from the Baton Rouge area, St. Amant’s Clint Brownell at 154, kept his unbeaten streak against Louisiana wrestlers alive at 37 and will face Griffin Mason of Jesuit in the semifinals.
Brownell, who has come back from a broken ankle suffered in November, sees the semifinals as a preview of the Division I-5A tournament in February. The other semifinal match sends Brad Albarado of Shaw against Joey Foret of Holy Cross.
Brownell narrowly defeated Foret in a tournament earlier in the season.
Catholic High has three wrestlers in the semifinals, Davis Polito at 140, Jacob Fereday at 162, and K.J. Wilson at 287.
Brothers Grant Rabel (184) and Mason Rabel (222) are the two Dunham Tigers in the semis. Jordan Averett of St. Amant is also alive in the 184-pound division, taking on Dakota Brogdon of Covington.
Brusly has two wrestlers left in the championship bracket, 134-pounder Austin Franklin and Richard Hunter at 172.
Hunter, the third seed, pinned three opponents to set up a semifinal match against second-seed Kole Miller of Comeaux.
“I lost to (Miller) 5-2 at Deep South (Duals),” Hunter said, “He got a take-down in the first round and I tried to make that last little push in the third round, but unfortunately I couldn’t make it. I’m looking to get a win this time.”
St. Amant’s Sage Nugent goes against top-seeded Pierce Williams of Brother Martin in the other 172-pound semifinal.
Brother Martin will have nine wrestlers in Saturday’s semifinals, followed by St. Paul’s with six and Holy Cross with five.
Josh Ramirez of Rummel ran his season’s record to 41-0 with three convincing wins, including a 16-second pin of St. Paul’s Josh Mascaro in the semifinals.
The tournament’s other undefeated wrestler, Rodrigo Diaz of Lafayette High, recorded three pins and now stands at 33-0 on the season. The 222-pound semifinals will pit Diaz against Mason Rabel of the Dunham School, while second-seeded Jacob Clapp of Brother Martin faces Stephen Cloud of Hahnville on the other side of the bracket.
“This is a good tournament. Everyone here is really good and ready to wrestle,” Clapp said. “All three of my matches were definitely good up to a point, and I’m just happy I wrestled well today.”
The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds are still alive in all but two weight divisions. Collin Ballas of Shaw at 140 defeated Nate Koenig of Jesuit at 140 after second-seed Brock Bonin of Teurlings Catholic forfeited a second round match to Koenig.
Colten Sonnier of Teurlings Catholic pinned second-seed Michael Lundin of Holy Cross to reach the semifinals in the 108 pound division.
“I don’t think we wrestled very well tonight,” Brother Martin coach Robert Dauterive said. “I don’t think the focus was there. We’ll have to wrestle a lot better tomorrow.”