WATSON – Live Oak picked up a big early season win with a tight 40-37 victory over Catholic, knocking off the Division I power for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
The Bears started out fast by picking up four of the first five matches, one of which came via forfeit. The Eagles rallied by winning six matches with two forfeits.
Three of Live Oak’s victories came via pins.
“Catholic is always a great measuring stick to see where we’re at this early in the season,” Live Oak coach Chris Collier said. “That’s why we always start the year off with them. This is only the second time in the history of our program that we’ve been able to beat them.
“They’re a good team that you want to set your measuring stick by,” Collier said. “Catholic has been the (Baton Rouge) city champs the for years, for us being where we’re at I think it’s a great win for the program.”
Adam Callicott opened the match for Catholic with a 2-0 victory over Lathan Hirschey in the 106-pound class with Ethan Ourso winning a forfeit following.
Live Oak reached the scoreboard with Clayton Hill’s 2-0 victory over Mike McKey in the 120-pound matchup.
Catholic was able to put some distance between itself and Live Oak with back-to back-wins from Hunter Goodson and
Luke Romano in the 126 and 132-pound divisions, respectively.
Goodson won his match against Jordan Chenevert, 6-4, and Romano won his match 8-3 against Rayden Ingram.
“The big match at 132 between Ingram and Goodson was a great, tight match,” Collier said. “We just didn’t have a few things fall our way.”
Live Oak picked up steam with Bayley Hebert’s 8-0 victory over Martin Helouin in the 138-pound class and Anthony Dodson’s pin of Hunter Freeman in the 145-pound class.
Hebert’s victory over Helouin was just the latest in a long line of matches between the two with Hebert being able to rely on lessons learned in previous meetings.
“He fought pretty hard and was tough on the bottom, but he didn’t get any points anywhere else,” Hebert said. “You have to learn from your past matches more than anything. You can’t just put those aside and forget about them.”
Said Collier, “It was tight the whole way through. Bayley Hebert came through big for us. He had a close match against a guy he had been back and forth with last year. He really came through big there.”
Catholic stopped Live Oak’s momentum with a pin from Canon Hunt of Jack Manchego when the Eagles responded with a pin from Camdyn Ingram against AJ Sabine.
Catholic then picked up a 16-1 victory with Andrew Evans besting Nawab Singh and George Dial pinning Luis Almonte. But Live Oak was able to make up the ground with two forfeit wins and Austin Cook pinning Hayden Brown in the 220-pound division.
“The biggest thing for us is everybody getting on the same page and buying in,” Collier said. “We’re not exactly where we want to be yet, we still have a couple of hiccups. There are going to be some guys that need to make a few sacrifices this year.
“With a big win like this I think guys are going to see that if we start taking care of the little things,” Collier said, “then it will take care of the big picture of us getting the state championship and city championship that we’ve been gunning for the past 10 years.”
Live Oak 40, Catholic High 37
106 - Adam Callicott (CHS) dec. Lathan Hirschey, 2-0
113 - Ethan Ourso (CHS) won via forfeit
120 - Clayton Hill (LOHS) dec. Mike McKey, 2-0
126 - Hunter Goodson (CHS) dec. Jordan Chenevert, 6-4
132 - Luke Romano (CHS) dec. Rayden Ingram, 8-3
138 - Bayley Hebert (LOHS) dec. Martin Helouin, 8-0
145 - Anthony Dodson (LOHS) pin Hunter Freeman
152 - Canon Hunt (CHS) pin Jack Manchego
160 - Camdyn Ingram (LOHS) pin AJ Sabine
170- Andrew Evans (CHS) dec. Nawab Singh, 16-1
182 - George Dial (CHS) pin Luis Almonte
195 - Michael Solar (LOHS) wins by forfeit
220 - Austin Cook (LOHS) pins Hayden Brown
285 - Karson Jones (LOHS) pins forfeit.
St. Michael Warrior Open
Weight Class Placement Win/loss
160 - Camdyn Ingram - Champion (5-0)
120 - Clayton Hill – Runner-up (2-1)
132 - Rayden Ingram – Runner-up (3-1)
195 - Austin Cook – Runner-up (3-1)
126 - Jordan Chenevert – Third (4-1)
145 - Anthony Dodson - Third (3-1)
138 - Bayley Hebert - Fourth (2-2)
170 - Nawab Singh - Sixth (3-2)
152 - Jack Manchego – Conso. Champion (3-1)