Brother Martin edges Teurlings Catholic in tight dual meet

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It was a different day but the same electric type of dual for two state powers. By the end of the evening, the Brother Martin Crusaders once again had given the crowd what they wanted.

On Wednesday night inside Conlin Gymnasium, the host Crusaders edged Teurlings Catholic, 36-33.

The Rebels traveled down from Lafayette for the final major tuneup before the state finals next weekend. Lafayette is obviously not a short drive to New Orleans but many Rebel fans showed up to cheer on their team.

The dual meet started off at 138 pounds with senior Ty Duncan for the Crusaders and senior Ethan Boudreaux for the Rebels. Both wrestlers are ranked in the top five in the state. Boudreaux, a two-time state champion, dominated to win by major decision.

Kent Burandt from Brother Martin took victory by decision next at 145 pounds. Ty LeBlanc and Rory Horvath gave the Crusaders the next two matches by pining their opponents at 152 pounds and 160 pounds.

The Rebels responded with two pins. Braedon Simoneaux at 170 pounds was down the whole match before he turned it all around and caught Sam Riles on his back. Kyle Stephens at 182 pounds pinned Aidan Wieber as well.

In the upset of the night, KJ James of Teurlings pinned Evan Huling of Brother Martin at 220 pounds.

The rest of the dual teetered back and forth to set up the late drama. The Crusaders had to feel the effects of Déjà Vu as the scenario seemed to play out like their win over Jesuit in the same building one week prior.

Ultimately, the dual would be decided by the last match.

With the Rebels leading 33-30, the right wrestler for the job stepped up at the right time for Brother Martin. The sophomore state champion at 132 pounds, Richie Clementi, walked onto the mat knowing what was needed for his team to win. The Crusader did not waste any time as he took his opponent down and pinned him in the first period for six points and the team victory.

It was the third time the two powers have hooked up this season with the Crusaders winning twice in the evenly matched showdowns.

The two programs solidified their respective statuses as favorites in their respective divisions – Brother Martin in Division I and Teurlings in Division II.

Brother Martin 36, Teurlings Catholic 33
106–Alex Rozas (TC) TF over Anthony Oubre (BM) 18-2
113–Trey Trainor (TC) over Daniel Daspit (BM) 7-0
120–Brennan Romero (TC) over Quinn McDermott (BM) 8-2
126–Brennan Boyer (TC) over Hunter Chabert (BM) 4-3
132–Richie Clementi (BM) pinned Noah Bernard (TC) 1:07
138–Ethan Boudreaux (TC) MD over Ty Duncan (BM) 10-1
145–Kent Burandt (TC) dec. Brandt Babineaux (TC) 10-4
152–Tai LeBlanc (BM) pinned John Brandmeyer (TC) 5:27
160–Rory Horvath (BM) pinned Jace Bolden (TC) 1:14
170–Braeden Simoneaux (TC) pinned Samuel Riles (BM) 4:48
182–Kyle Stephens (TC) pinned Aidan Wieber (BM) :32
195–Gabriel Brewer (BM) pinned John Wayne Prejean III (TC) (3:52)
220–Kendra James (TC) pinned Evan Huling (BM) 4:48
285–Ethan Simmons (BM) pinned Noah Bernard (TC) 1:07

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Joshua Tapia

Wrestling Analyst

Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Joshua attended Brother Martin High School while competing in football, wrestling, and track and field. During his athletic career with the Crusaders, he was part of three consecutive team state championships in wrestling under Robert Dauterive. Josh continued wrestling on the college level at Briar Cliff University. After graduating in 2018, he…

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