SPORTS

The Weekly Citizen’s 2008-09 All-Parish Wrestling Team

Peter Silas Pasqua
Zach Eunice, Outstanding Wrestler

Zach Eunice

St. Amant

140 pounds

Outstanding Wrestler

Eunice had a nearly perfect season in 2008-09, winning all but one of the tournaments he entered. He capped a memorable career by winning the Division I State Championship at 140 pounds with a 6-2 decision over Jesuit’s Chad Johnson at the LHSAA state wrestling meet at the Ponchartrain Center.

Eunice, who won the Lee Invitational as a sophomore  and is the only wrestler from Ascension Parish to ever claim  that, placed second in that meet during his senior season to St. Paul’s Korey Miller. He defeated Brusly’s Ty Welch to capture his second consecutive Greater Baton Rouge City Championship.

Also a District 6-5A champion, Eunice finished the season with a 24-1 record.

Matthew Hamilton

Dutchtown

119 pounds

Freshman of the Year

Hamilton progressed as the season went on placing fourth at state. He finished the season wtih a record of 22-19 capturing the last win in matches over area wrestlers.

Earnest Brown

Andy Chapman

St. Amant

Coaches of the Year

Brown and Chapman led the Gators to one of their best seasons in 2008-09. St. Amant placed 11th at the Division I state meet.

The Gators also won the Tara Christmas Invitational, took third overall at the Greater Baton Rouge City Championships and fifth at the Lee Invite, each the program’s highest finish, while also capturing the Jambalaya Cup.

Austen Waguespack

East Ascension

103 pounds

Waguespack won the Greater Baton?Rouge City Championship defeating  Live Oak’s Cody Cormier 16-0 while also winning the District 6-5A and parish titles.

Waquespack placed second at the Spartan Invitational and third at the Lee Invitational finishing with an overall record of 39-7 and making All-Parish for the second consecutive season.

Dallas Chenevert

Dutchtown

103 pounds

Chenevert placed second in District 6-5A and second at the Jamabalaya Cup compiling a record of 30-21.

Ira Curtis

Dutchtown

112 pounds

Curtis placed second at the Greater Baton Rouge City Championships losing to St. Michael’s Ben Williford. The District 6-5A champion finished with a record of 18-15.

Alex LaValley

St. Amant

119 pounds

LaValley placed third at the Greater Baton Rouge City Championships, advanced to the quarterfinals of the?Lee Invitational and finished with an overall record of 19-13

James Rawls

East Ascension

119 pounds

Rawls makes the All-Parish team for the second consecutive season after winning the District 6-5A championships, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Lee Invitational and placing fourth at the City Chamipionships.

Austin Gravelle

Dutchtown

130 pounds

Gravelle, the 2007-08 All-Parish Freshmen of the Year, had another strong season as a sophomore going undefeated against parish competition and winning the District 6-5A championship, while placing second at the Greater?Baton Rouge City Championships and Catholic Invitational, third at the Dutchtown Invitational and Sam Sara, fifth at the State Meet and sixth at the Lee Invitational to finish with an overall records of 43-16.

Tre` Vaughn

St. Amant

135 pounds

Vaughn, the District 6-5A champion, placed second at the Greater Baton?Rouge City Championships compiling an 18-7 overall record making All-Parish for the third consecutive season.

Anthony Smith

East Ascension

135 pounds

Smith won the Greater Baton Rouge City Championship and the District 6-5A title, while placing  second at the Spartan Invitational and fourth at the State Meet and the Lee Invitational to finish with an overall record of 44-12.

Terry Palmisano

St. Amant

152 pounds

Palmisano was named outstanding wrestler at the Catholic Invitational. Palmisano, the District 6-5A champion, also placed second at the Greater Baton Rouge City Championships, fourth at State and fifth at the Lee Invitational to finish with an overall record of 30-9 making All-Parish for the second consecutive season.

Nelson Jointer

St. Amant

189 pounds

Jointer, a District 6-5A champion, won three matches at State and finished with an overall record of 19-9.

Randy Thackery

Dutchtown

215 pounds

Thackery was undefeated against parish competition and placed fourth at Sam Sara and fifth at the State Meet to finish with an overall record of 21-7 making All-Parish for the second consecutive season.

Robert Gray

East Ascension

285 pounds

Gray placed second at the State Meet and in District 6-5A, while taking third at the Greater Baton?Rouge City Championships and sixth at the Lee Invitational finishing with an overall record of 36-15.

Thomas Harvey

Dutchtown

285 pounds

Harvey won the Greater Baton Rouge City Championship and the District 6-5A title. Harvey placed second at Sam Sara and Ken Cole and fourth at the Lee Invitational to finish with an overall record of 27-8 making All-Parish for the second consecutive season.

Abbas Laymoun

St. Amant

285 pounds

Laymoun, who was St. Amant’s first state champion in 2007-08, placed third at the Lee Invitational, advanced to the semifinals of the Greater Baton?Rouge City City Championships and assured St. Amant the Jambalaya Cup making All-Parish for the second consecutive season.

Matthew Hamilton, Freshmen of the Year