St. Paul’s positioned well through Division I state wrestling quarterfinal round

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BATON ROUGE – After coming close a year ago, falling 5 1/2 points short to Brother Martin in the LHSAA Division I wrestling championships in Bossier City, the Wolves are wrestling closer to home and are getting closer to possibly winning a first-ever Division I state title.

The Wolves grabbed an 18 1/2 point lead through the quarterfinals and the first consolations in the morning and early afternoon session of Division I competition at the 2021 state championships at the Raising Canes River Center Friday.

The Wolves pushed 13 of 14 wrestlers through to continue competing with another consolation round set for Friday evening.

That includes nine of 14 wrestlers in the semifinals, the most in the class.

East Ascension is in a surprising, solid spot in second place, two points ahead of Division I powerhouse and defending champion Brother Martin. Holy Cross is fourth with Catholic of Baton Rouge fifth and Jesuit sixth.

The Spartans have six wrestlers in the semifinals, the Crusaders placed seven in the Final Four and have all 14 of its wrestlers still competing and the Tigers have seven in the semifinals as well. Catholic has five in the semifinals and all 14 wrestlers still alive in the round of four or consolation matches.

St. Paul’s coach Matt Pinero is pleased with where his team is but not satisfied.

“Honestly, I haven’t looked at the team points yet.” Pinero said. “I am just focused on what we can control. I thought we had a great effort, even in the matches we lost. I feel like we were competing hard and that’s really what we were focusing on. I was really proud of the way our guys wrestled in the quarterfinals. We have to keep working hard. We had a good day one last year and fell a little short. We can’t be satisfied.”

The second round of consolations will follow Friday evening, following the Division II and Division III first two rounds and consolations.

Division I Team Scores through morning and afternoon sessions
1. St. Paul’s 153.0
2. East Ascension 134.5
3. Brother Martin 132.5
4. Holy Cross 121.5
5. Catholic, BR 109.5
6. Jesuit 84.5
7.Sulphur 77.0
8. Zachary 69.5
9. Parkway 67.5
10. Dutchtown 64.5
10. St. Amant 64.5
12. Airline 63.0
13. Live Oak 61.0
14. Chalmette 57.0
15. Hahnville 43.0
16. Comeaux 41.0
17. Baton Rouge 34.0
18. C.E. Byrd 30.0
18. Fontainebleau 30.0
20. Destrehan 28.0
21. Central BR 27.0
21. Southside 27.0
23. Covington 25.0
24. Lafayette 22.0
25. Mandeville 17.5
26. Acadiana 15.0
27. Terrebonne 8.0
28. Sam Houston Hs 6.0
29. Grace King 4.0
30. John Ehret 2.0

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