Waguespack claims Spartan Invitational Championship title

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Austen Waguespack wrestles Teurlings Catholic’s Mark Carrier in the 112-pound championship finals of the Spartan Invitational Wednesday evening. Waguespack won the title 8-6.

East Ascension’s Austen Waguespack overcame an early deficit to defeat Mark Carrier of Teurlings Catholic 8-6 in the championship finals of the 112-pound weight class at the Spartan Invitational Wednesday evening at EAHS’ gym.

Waguespack was trailing 5-1 at the end of the first round before a one-point escape and a two-point takedown with 10 seconds left in the second round cut it to 5-4.

Carrier went ahead 6-4 with 30 seconds remaining in the match before Waguespack had a two-point takedown in the closing seconds and near fault points to claim the title.

“This is my last year at my home meet. I had to win it,” Waguespack said. “I got near fault points at the very end. Once everything cleared out, the referee finally gave me the points and that is what allowed me to win.”

Thomas Turner of East Ascension also advanced to the championship finals in the 135-pound weight class falling to Brother Martin’s Jason Puente 8-4.

East Ascension placed fourth overall in team standings behind Brother Martin, St. Paul’s and Catholic. St. Amant was 12th and Dutchtown finished 19th.

“We have been working hard for this year for a long time,” East Ascension head coach Pat Mahoney said. “We finished with 14 guys last year and now have 44. The football coaches are really helping us out pushing the kids to compete. We won the JV tournament and we haven’t brought a trophy home in five years.

“We have hard workers and a good balance of experience and youth and that makes a difference. When you have that many guys in a room, they can push each other and with good leadership, it is a blessing. (Waguespack) is really focused this year and (Turner) is a lot tougher and more confident. Both went to camps this summer and are focused on winning.”

St. Amant’s Chris Boyter pinned Hahnville’s Cameron Fremen in 4:11 of the 119-pound consolation finals for third place.

East Ascension’s James Rawls forfeited to Live Oak’s Cody Cormier in the 125-pound consolation finals, while teammates Zac Roy was pinned by Zachary’s Trevor Limmer in 2:43 of the 145-pound consolation finals and John Karver fell to Brother Martin’s Garrett Dawson in 2:26 of the 215-pound consolation finals.

Dutchtown’s Austin?Gravelle fell to Teurlings Catholic’s Philip Miller in 5:02 of the 135-pound consolation finals.

Waguespack opened the meet by pinning Belle Chasse’s Shoma Nakano in 1:44 and Holy Cross’ Anthony Gettys in 1:44 before winning a 14-4 major decision over Comeaux’s Dylan Ortego to advance to the finals.

Turner opened the invite by pinning St. Paul’s Daniel Johnson in 2:20 and South Plaquemine’s Jesse Phan in 1:22 before dropping Gravelle in 5:55 to advance to the final.

Boyter lost a 19-4 technical decision to St. Paul’s Connor?Campo before coming back to pin Woodlawn’s Steven Delouise in 1:17, Live Oak’s Dylan Currera in 1;42 and St. Paul’s James Graham in 43 seconds.

Rawls won a 9-4 decision over St. Paul’s Dominic Lovenetti before falling to Cormier in 5:35. After pinning St. Amant’s Alex LaValley in 1:25, he won a major decision 14-4 over South?Plaquemine’s Alec Phea and pinned Teurling Catholic’s Trent Hebert in 57 seconds.

Roy was pinned by St. Paul’s Korey Miller in 2:28 to open the meet before he pinned Belle Chasse’s Jack Rogers in 46 seconds and won a forfeit match over Brother Martin’s Tyler Richardson.

Karver fell to Brother Martin’s Garrett Dawson in 3:58 before pinning Zachary’s Blaine Manchester in 58 seconds and winning a forfeit match over Live Oak’s Jake Krousel.

Gravelle won  decisions over Live Oak’s Garrett Minard  8-1 and Holy Cross’ Roy Mistretta 8-2 before falling to Turner and pinning St. Thomas More’s Garrett LeBlanc in 44 seconds.

Dutchtown’s Aaron Carbo pinned Parkview Baptist’s Tristy Wheeler at 112 in 2:54 before losing a 7-2 decision to Ortego but came back to pin South Plaquemine’s Daniel Parker in 3:30 before forfeiting to Catholic’s Matt Kron.

St. Amant’s Jacob Lindekugel won a 4-2 decision over Teurlings Catholic’s Will Landry at 152 and a forfeit match over Tara’s Jacques?Jackson before losing to St. Paul’s James Cavalier 11-6.

St. Amant’s Brett Howell won a forfeit match over Teurlings Catholic’s J.T. Hebert at 160 and pinned Catholic’s Ben Jumonville in 5:04 before falling to St. Paul’s Reagan Reed in 1:35 and losing a 4-3 decision to Zachary’s Shawn Kimble.

East Ascension’s Adam Alfred pinned Teurlings Catholic’s Stephen?Salopek in 5:40 at 171 before falling to Catholic’s Joey Fontenot in 3:32, winning a forfeit match over Dutchtown’s Joey McCaffery and falling to Istrouma’s Jason?Rucker in 35 seconds.

Also competing for East Ascension were Daniel Rashala, Keith Fort, Matt Chenevert, Scott Bosworth and Adam Thompson, while Gabe Fontenot, Austin?Jones, Kyle Brown, August Gonzales, Brennan Howell and Jamal Laymoun competed for St. Amant and Ryan Davis was a Dutchtown competitor.

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East Ascension’s Thomas Turner wrestles Brother Martin’s Jason Puente in the 135-pound championship finals of the Spartan Invitational Wednesday evening. Puente won the title 8-4.