Wrestling Jays Bullfight to State Runner-Up Podium
The Jesuit wrestling team finished as the LHSAA state runner-up behind state champion Brother Martin and slightly ahead of last year’s champ, Holy Cross. Four Blue Jays took home individual state championships, and one earned a state runner-up trophy.
Division I Team Scores
Senior co-captains Adam Larriviere (138) and Paul Treuting (160) became first-time champions while senior Nathan Koenig (152) and junior Perry Ganci (220) joined the short list of back-to-back, two-time champs.
Taking state runner-up was junior Luke Eccles (132), while senior Eli Larriviere (145) earned a medal with a 3rd place finish. The six medalists and 4th-placers Sam Dreuil (106) and Thomas Arseneaux (182) represented Jesuit as the eight starters to advance to Day 2, which guaranteed them a top 6 spot on the LHSAA podium.
The Blue Jay team was in second place for the entire first day until the last round of matches, when Holy Cross scored a few consolation points to take the runner-up position. Jesuit, in third at the start of Day 2, trailed Brother Martin by 42.5 points. Since the Crusaders advanced 12 of 14 wrestlers to the semifinals, however, the second day became a battle for the runner-up trophy.
The semifinal six—Eccles, A. Larriviere, Koenig, Treuting, Arseneaux, and Ganci—performed at a premier level in the semis with only one loss. Brother Martin won half of its semifinal matches with six of 12 advancing to the first place match. Jesuit tallied the second-most finalists with its five, while Holy Cross and Airline advanced three each.
Arseneaux wrestled a heartbreaking double OT semifinal match that ended in his opponent’s favor, but he fought back in the consolations to earn 4th place and help his team win the runner-up battle.
Second of 29 competing Division I (D-I) teams earned Jesuit a spot on the LHSAA podium and a trophy. Furthermore, a runner-up finish leaves no doubt that Jesuit continues to be one of the three wrestling powerhouses in D-I.
2018 marks the fifth straight runner-up season for Jesuit and the third under head coach Sheridan Moran. For any powerhouse program, though, second is never a point of satisfaction.
Last year, Coach Moran clarified, the Blue Jays had 12 wrestlers advance to the second day of the tournament and place in the top six. This year, only eight did so.
With the runner-up trophy resting on the podium, Coach Moran addressed the student body at assembly on the morning of Feb. 19, 2018. After listing the eight placing wrestlers, he noted another clear distinction between this 2018 state tournament and last year’s. “Every member of the varsity team each won a match in the state tournament,” he said. “Without that, there’s no way that we would have brought this trophy home.”
After thanking God “for the opportunities he gave us to glorify Him,” Moran added, “…and I want to thank all of you [the students] for being a part of the Blue Jay Nation. We’ll continue to get better next season.”
On a satisfactory note, Jesuit is the only team in Division I to earn a Top 2 trophy for five straight years. In fact, the Jays are the only team to make the podium in both 2017 and 2018.
While in Bossier, Coach Moran closed his final speech to the team by reading out a poem that president John F. Kennedy always kept in his pocket:
Bullfight critics ranked in rows, Crowd the enormous Plaza full;
But he’s the only one who knows—And he’s the man who fights the bull.
The Jesuit wrestling team, led by five state finalists, certainly fought the bull this season. They faced injuries, battled back, and returned from Bossier City with a runner-up title.
Individual summaries from the 2018 state tournament in Bossier City, LA:
|Sam Dreuil||106||S. Dreuil (16-9) placed 4th and scored 19.00 team points.
3rd Place Match – Hunter Goodson (Catholic, BR) won by decision over Samuel Dreuil (Jesuit) (Dec 6-0).
|Tony Serio||113||Serio (24-22) won two matches and scored 6.00 team points.
Cons. Round 4 – Tyree Morris (St. Amant, 55-13) won by fall over Tony Serio (Jesuit) (Fall 0:52).
|Ben Dreuil||120||B. Dreuil (13-11) won two matches and scored 8.00 team points.
Cons. Round 4 – Landon Fletcher (Comeaux, 26-21) won by decision over Ben Dreuil (Jesuit) (Dec 10-3).
|Luke Battaglia||126||Battaglia (28-21) won two matches and scored 6.00 team points.
Cons. Round 5 – Demetri Teddlie (C.E. Byrd, 23-16) won by fall over Luke Battaglia (Jesuit) (Fall 4:13).
|Luke Eccles||132||Eccles (24-9) placed 2nd and scored 25.00 team points.
Semifinal – Luke Eccles (Jesuit) won by decision over Luke Cotton (Brother Martin, 34-6) (Dec 12-8).
1st Place Match – Trent Mahoney (East Ascension, 83-5) won by decision over Luke Eccles (Jesuit) (Dec 7-1).
|Adam Larriviere||138||Larriviere (16-5) placed 1st and scored 28.00 team points.
1st Place Match – Adam Larriviere (Jesuit) 16-5 won by decision over Dyllon Bernard (Comeaux, 35-6) (Dec 5-4).
|Eli Larriviere||145||Larriviere (17-3) placed 3rd and scored 20.00 team points.
3rd Place Match – Eli Larriviere (Jesuit) won by decision over Tucker Almond (Airline, 49-11) (Dec 2-1)
|Nathan Koenig||152||Koenig (36-4) placed 1st and scored 28.00 team points.
1st Place Match – Nathan Koenig (Jesuit) won by decision over Grant Hughes (St. Paul’s, 45-5) (Dec 3-2).
|Paul Treuting||160||Treuting (33-7) placed 1st and scored 26.00 team points.
1st Place Match – Paul Treuting (Jesuit) won by decision over Hunter Hawkins (St. Amant, 72-4) (Dec 9-5).
|Darren Ferrier||170||Ferrier (20-20) won two matchesand scored 6.00 team points.
Cons. Round 4 – Caleb Mickelson (Zachary, 37-14) won by fall over Darren Ferrier (Jesuit) (Fall 2:34).
3rd Place Match – Kenyon Martin (Zachary, 30-13) won by decision over Thomas Arseneaux (Jesuit) 34-10 (Dec 3-1)
|Jacob Kieff||195||Kieff (11-7) won three matches and scored 11.00 team points.
Cons. Round 5 – Kyle Boell (Fontainebleau, 44-7) won by fall over Jacob Kieff (Jesuit) (Fall 3:21).
|Perry Ganci||220||Ganci (37-3) placed 1st and scored 32.00 team points.
1st Place Match – Perry Ganci (Jesuit) won in sudden victory-1 over Wes Brady (Zachary, 31-6) (SV-1 3-1).
|Cyril Melville||285||Melville (5-16) won one match and scored 2.00 team points.
Cons. Round 3 – Matthew Algero (St. Pauls, 16-12) won by fall over Cyril Melville (Jesuit) (Fall 2:46).
Congratulations, Blue Jay wrestlers!