HEADWAY: Griffins’ Gravelle falls to Pinero in championship finals of Classic

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Austin?Gravelle wrestles Rummel’s Mark Pinero in the 135-pound championship finals of the 37th annual Louisiana Classic Saturday evening at Exerfit. Gravelle placed second after falling in 3:01.

BATON?ROUGE?– Dutchtown’s Austin Gravelle advanced to the championship finals of the 135-pound weight class at the Louisiana Classic but ultimately fell to Rummel’s Mark Pinero Saturday evening at  Exerfit.

Gravelle became the first wrestler from Dutchtown to advance to a title bout in the 37-year old tournament formerly known as the Lee Invitational.

Pinero took a 7-0 lead before pinning Gravelle with 53 seconds remaining in the second round to claim the championship.

“It is fun to see these guys work hard and experience success,” Dutchtown head coach Rodney Sutherland said. “It was a really good team effort for the whole weekend. It is so tough with team points but overall everybody wrestled real hard and real tough. I am real pleased with the effort but we still have a whole lot of room for improvement.”

“As good as Austin is, we can still improve. Pinero is a tough wrestler but he is not unbeatable. This isn’t state and our goal is to be a state champion for him and several of our guys. We just have to get ready and get better everyday.”

Dutchtown was the high finisher among Ascension Parish schools, placing 18th with 50 points. St. Amant was 21st with 31 points, while East Ascension was 29th with 20.5. The Griffins also had Zach Hill (285 pounds) take fourth.

Catholic won the team title with 284 points, followed by Rummel’s 167.5 and Comeaux’s 161.

Gravelle opened the meet by taking a 13-2 decision over St. Michael’s Michael Morris before pinning East Ascension’s Zach Roy in 52 seconds and North Vermilion’s Matthew Deshotel in 2:45. A 16-7 decision over Jesuit’s Gregory Schwing put him in the finals.

Hill pinned Hahnville’s Thomas Jones before winning a 7-4 decision over Parkview Baptist’s Jamel Johnson and 4-1 decision over Sulphur’s Travis Stegall. After losing a 5-3 decision to Airline’s Deangelo?Brooks in the championship semifinals, Hill defeated St. Michael’s Stephen Scardina 11-5 before dropping a 10-0 decision to Rummel’s Justin Arnett in the consolation finals.

East Ascension’s Austin Waguespack opened the meet by winning a 7-2 decision over Zachary’s Jared Daigle and pinning Jesuit’s Trevor Coker in 2:46 but lost a 13-1 decision to Airline’s Matt Rabinowitz in the 112-pound championship quarterfinals.

St. Amant’s Alex LaValley pinned Holy Cross’ Craig McGehee in 3:04 at 125 pounds before falling to Shaw’s Raymond Savoy in 3:19. LaValley then pinned Parkview Baptist’s Brandon Lee in 2:02 and won an 11-8 decision over St. Paul’s Richard Stewart before falling to Mandeville’s Kevin Clark in 2:31. 

East Ascension’s Thomas Turner won a 17-2 technical fall over McKinley’s Richard Simmons before taking a 9-7 decision over Teurlings Catholic’s Joseph LeBlanc at 140 pounds but lost 6-2 to Sulphur’s Travis Trahan. Turner then defeated Mandeville’s Taylor Farrel 12-2 before falling to Lafayette’s Michael Bruno in 4:30.

St. Amant Jacob Lindekugel pinned Tara’s Grant Hollis and Hahnville’s Blake Fabre at 152 pounds before falling to Mandeville’s Elijah Levee in 5:07 and losing 6-2 to Fontainebleau’s Nick Eisenhardt.

East Ascension’s Dyllan Salsman pinned Dutchtown’s Aaron Carbo in 1:33 at 103 pounds before falling to Comeaux’s Jacob Dale in 3:52  but came back to pin Denham Springs’ Austin Elrod in 47 seconds.

St. Amant’s Jeremy Huff pinned Zachary’s Nat Hass in 1:45 at 171 pounds before falling to Fontainebleau’s Christian Verges in 1:02 and Parkview Baptist’s Doug Skelton in 2:55.

Dutchtown’s Trevor Setoon pinned John Ehret’s Craig Burns in 14 seconds before falling to John Curtis’ Dariyan Riley in 1:01 and losing 21-8 to Jesuit’s Junior James at 189 pounds.

St. Amant’s Jamal Laymoun pinned Riverdale’s Trevor Taylor in 2:58 before falling to Redemptorist’s Justin Arnett in 1:12 and Holy Cross’ Jordan Berges in 3:22 at 285 pounds.

Dutchtown’s Dallas Chenevert pinned Hahnville’s Cameron Fremen in 1:29 at 119 pounds before losing to St. Michael’s Hank Boudreaux by technical fall.

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Dutchtown’s Zach Hill wrestles Airline’s Deangelo Brooks in the 285-pound championship semifinals of the Louisiana Classic Saturday afternoon at Exerfit.