Replay: Brother Martin fights off Holy Cross in battle of state wrestling titans
NEW ORLEANS – If anyone has any chance at unseating Brother Martin as the champion of Division I wrestling, it is Holy Cross.
Based on what unfolded Wednesday night in Gentilly, the Tigers will put up a challenge although it will be a tough road to navigate.
Defending state champion Mack Brown pinned freshman Cole Baiamonte at 285 pounds in the final match of the night to lift the Crusaders to a hard fought 32-25 dual meet victory over the Tigers in a match streamed live at CrescentCitySports.com.
Holy Cross started quickly as brothers Evan and Jacob Frost posted victories at 106 and 113 points and defending state champion Michael Lundin also won at 126 to give the Tigers an early 10-3 edge.
Brother Martin battled back to win the next five matches, including wins by defending state champions Connor Hoffman, Daniel Croy and Patrick Evans to build a 21-10 lead. The Crusaders were penalized a point for unsportsmanlike conduct before Holy Cross battled back, winning three of the next four matches.
Included in those wins was a victory by Alex Duncan, who won by a technical fall (22-7) over Logan Lacoste of Holy Cross at 138 pounds while Mason Massicot was solid in a 12-7 win over Mason Macaluso at 160 pounds.
A third Frost brother, Cameron Frost, won at 170 pounds before Caden Mumme was victorious at 182.
Ryan Doody then scored a big pion over Kyle West, an opponent he split with a year ago, to pull the Tigers within a point, setting the stage for Brown’s heroics.
Also scoring a pin for Brother Martin was Cameron Frederick at 195 pounds, who defeated Logan Heffner.
The Crusaders won eight of the 14 matches contested. Brother Martin coach Robert Dauterive enjoyed the win and the experience.
“This is the best atmosphere that you can get for a high school dual meet,” Dauterive said. “Credit goes out to Holy Cross. I told my kids in the locker room that those guys came after you and they are going to continue to come after you. If every dual meet was like this, my job would be a joy. It was a lot of fun tonight. My highlights were Alex Duncan at 138. That was huge him getting a tech fall. Patrick was just a hammer at 152. I was really impressed with Mason Massicot.”
Dauterive reserved the highest praise for another of his wrestlers.
“The hero of the night has to be Cameron Frederick,” Dauterive said. “Cameron lost to that kid twice last year. He’s put up a lot of work in the last few weeks and he came up huge tonight.”
In a feature match, Evans moved up to 152 pounds to beat Holy Cross star Brady Butler 11-6 while in another showdown, Croy handled Caruso Signorelli, who finished second in state last year, by a 14-3 margin.
Holy Cross head coach Nick Michael was pleased with his team despite the loss.
“My young guys, they really pulled through,” Michael said. “There a few matches we circled that were matches that would determine this dual and my guys did a good job in those matches. They did some good, positive things. It was good to see Doody come out and battle. He’s had a lot of injuries. He missed the state tournament last year. The Frost brothers are really something, they really are. They not only push themselves, they really set the tone for the team.”
Brother Martin hosts the Crusader duals this weekend before going to a tournament in New Jersey next week while Holy Cross wrestles next in a tournament at Santa Rosa, FL beginning Friday.
“We need more matches,” Dauterive said. “This performance, I don’t know if it’s going to cut it up there (New Jersey). We just need to work.”
Brother Martin is the defending state champion and has won six of the last seven Division I state championships. Holy Cross finished third in Division I last year after unseating Brother Martin as champions two years ago.
Brother Martin 32, Holy Cross 25
106—Evan Frost (HC) dec. Eric Devenport (BM) 9-1
113—Jacob Frost (HC) dec. Ethan Castex (BM) 6-1
120—Connor Hoffman (BM) cec. Dylan Lauriano (HC) 13-7
126—Michael Lundin (HC) dec. Logan Bertot (BM) 10-4
132—Daniel Croy (BM) MD Caruso Signorelli (HC) 14-3
138—Alex Duncan (BM) TF Logan Lacoste (HC) 22-7
145—Riley Horvath (BM) dec. Russell Salomon (HC) 13-8
152—Patrick Evans (BM) dec. Brady Butler (HC) 11-6
160—Mason Massicot (BM) dec. Mason Macaluso (HC) 12-7
170—Cameron Frost (HC) MD Coly Franowich (BM) 10-2
182—Caden Mumme (HC) TF Jason Evans (BM) 22-7
195—Cameron Frederick (BM) pinned Logan Heffner (HC) :56
220—Ryan Doody (HC) pinned Kyle West (BM) 5:14
285—Mack Brown (BM) pinned Cole Baiamonte (HC) 1:42
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