Parish wrestling teams finish inside the top 20 at Louisiana Classic

Kyle Riviere

The parish's 5A powers all competed in the Louisiana Classic wrestling tournament at Baton Rouge Community College this past weekend, and all three schools finished in the top 20.

As always, the tournament welcomed a large field.

Forty schools competed and when it was all said and done, St. Amant--fresh off of their victory in the St. Amant Duals tournament--finished with the highest mark in the parish at No. 14. Dutchtown finished not too far behind at No. 16, and East Ascension finished at No. 18.

The Gators' best performance in the Louisiana Classic came from Joshua Averett. Averett finished third in the 140-pound division.

In the consolation match, he out-pointed Airline's Antonio Lococo, 12-8.

As for Dutchtown, one of their wrestlers had the best individual performance of any parish performer.

Kaleb Faul finished second in the 162-pound division after making a run all the way to the finals. In the championship match, he fell just short as Brusly's Koby Mancuso edged him out, 3-2.

East Ascension's best individual performance came from Jacob Bernard. Bernard finished third in the 128-pound division.

In the consolation match, he was dominant--shutting out Madill's Tyler Ramirez by a score of 6-0.

Powerhouse Brother Martin ended up winning the tournament with a booming 340 points.

Holy Cross was a distant second with 217.5. Jesuit, Archbishop Rummel and St. Paul's rounded out the top five.