Before Brother Martin took the mat in The Deep South Bayou Duals semifinals match with highly touted Altus, Oklahoma, Crusaders head coach Robbie Dauterive reminded his team that they had not lost in over two years. A dual match winning streak of close to 50 was on the line, and so was a chance to repeat as Bayou Duals champions.
In a display of wrestling dominance, Brother Martin not only disposed of Altus in convincing fashion 46-8, but continued the momentum into the finals, crushing Thompson, Alabama 51-15 for a second straight Bayou Duals Championship.
“To be honest with you, I thought that we would win this tournament, I was confident,” said Brother Martin coach Robbie Dauterive. “The last time we lost was two years ago right here (2012 Bayou Duals semifinals to MacArthur, Oklahoma). I didn’t expect to win by this much, no I didn’t.”
Pins by Matthew Montalbano (285) and Luke Cotton (106) set the tone, and a sudden victory by Stephen Shields (113) gave Brother Martin a commanding start. Pins by Taylor Gambil (126) and Paul Klein (132) gave the Crusaders a 27-3 lead.
Brother Martin’s wrestler at 182 Yehia Riles, who was celebrating his 18th birthday, was named the Tournament’s Upper Weight Class Most Outstanding Wrestler for going 4-0.
The Crusaders have little time to rest on their laurels. They leave New Year’s Day for Atlanta, Georgia where they will compete in the Prep Slams National Tournament.
Holy Cross was knocked off by Thompson in the semifinals 38-30, but rebounded to defeat Altus 33-28 in the 3rd Place Match.
Jesuit finished 6th and was paced by Guy Patron, Jr. who went 8-0 at 195.
Rummel finished in 8th place but had a pair of wrestlers Josh Rameriz at 160 and Joe Kerry at 170 finish with perfect 9-0 records.
Shaw finished the tournament at 4-3 and won the Pool D consolation bracket.