Brusly did not win a championship Saturday at the 43rd annual Baton Rouge City Wrestling Tournament, but the Panthers gave coach Jimmy Bible more than he expected.
BHS finished second to Catholic-Baton Rouge, which captured its 11th consecutive city championship.
Catholic amassed eight first-place finishes for a final score of 327 points. BHS notched 200 points for second.
Live Oak and Dutchtown entered the event as leading prospects for runner-up. Live Oak finished third (196), followed by Dutchtown (186) and East Ascension (132).
Brusly’s runner-up spot surprised Bible.
“For our team, this year, as young as we are, they did a fantastic job,” he said. “This was supposed to be a two-dog race for second, and we weren’t the two dogs in the fight, so for us to come up and get second speaks volumes.”
Two-time state champion Trevor Schemer emerged the lone winner in the city meet when he topped Catholic’s Matthew Mire in the 134-lb. category.
“It was a very active match,” Schermer said. “The first time we wrestled, I stayed on my knees and he was on his feet and I kept taking him down.
“For this match, he changed his style and it was a way better match,” he said. “It’s pretty much what I expected – Catholic was very good and came out ready to bang everybody.”
The win over Mire marked only one of two championship-round losses for Catholic. The other came when Cody Hill of Live Oak won on an 11-4 decision over Brennan Taylor in the 128-lb. classification.
Brusly advanced 12 wrestlers in the meet. Freshman grappler Blaze Olano, entered the tournament unseeded and reached the finals.
“I’ll admit … it kind of surprised me,” he said. “I’m confident that I’ll go further. I’m working hard and I’ve got to make everything fall into place.”
Olano lost by pinfall to Catholic’s Brandon Luckett at 2:57 in Round 2 for second place in the162-lb. finals.
Baret Sanchez finished runner-up to Catholic’s Mitch Napoli on an 11-5 decision in the 115-lb. championship match.
Wyatt LeJeune took second after finishing on the short end of an 8-5 decision against Catholic’s Phillip Nauta in the 122-lb. championship bracket.
Koby Mancuso finished runner-up in the 154-lb. class after a 1-0 loss to Kevin Moran of Catholic.
Dillon Prejean and Donald Johnson finished fourth for Brusly.
Prejean lost by pinfall to Live Oak’s Brody Bonura at the 3:39 mark in the 172-lb. division.
Donald Johnson took fourth in the 222-lb. bracket after a pinfall loss in 17 seconds against Catholic’s Myles Nash.
The city meet marked the last stop for Greater Baton Rouge area squads before the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships Feb. 15-16 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
“We have a lot of work to do in two weeks, but we’re going to lace up the boots and go after it,” Bible said.
1, Catholic 327. 2, Brusly 200. 3, Live Oak 196. 4, Dutchtown 186. 5, East Ascension 132. 6, Zachary 128.5. 7, St. Michael 118.5. 8, Baton Rouge High 70. 9, Central 45. 9, Episcopal 45. 11, St. Amant 36.5. 12, Dunham 34. 13, Plaquemine 29. 14, Parkview Baptist 28. 14, Redemptorist 28. 16, McKinley 26. 17, Woodlawn 17. 18, Denham Springs 13. 19, Tara 10.5. 20, Walker 10. 21, French Settlement 7. 22, University Lab School 5.5 23, Baker 0. 23, Broadmoor 0. 23, Istrouma 0.
OTHER CHAMPIONSHIP WINS
108: Alex Betteridge, East Ascension, pinned Colt Olinde, Live Oak.
140: James Claitor, Catholic, major dec. Seth Bosarge, Live Oak, 9-0.
147: Grant Godso, Redemptorist, dec. Brandon Cowell, Dutchtown, 5-3.
172: Matthew Moreau, Catholic, pinned Travis Goodman, Dutchtown, 5:08.
184: Christian Pittman, Catholic, dec. Donnie Berg, St. Michael, 8-6.
197: Caleb Sutton, Catholic, UTB Blake Brock, Live Oak, 4-2.
222: Christopher Wright, Zachary, pinned Brandon Thongsavanh, Dutchtown, 3:47.
287: Conor Karwath, East Ascension, SV Ty Simpson, Zachary, 6-4.