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 in the championship brackets up to the semifinals, 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 Rummel (66.5).
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.”