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Tigers prevail at Sam Sara


Holy Cross scored 184 points and placed six wrestlers in the finals of the Sam Sara Invitational Saturday afternoon.   They won all six finals matches, leading the Tigers to a 13.5 point victory over the host Rummel Raiders (170.5 points).  Rummel had seven finalists, and crowned three champions.  Fontainebleau placed third with 123 points, one champion, three runners-up and one third-place finisher.  Brusly was fourth with 88 points and Grace King rounded out the top five with 79 points.


Unseeded Chris Zea of Holy Cross took fourth place for the Tigers. Brusly's Trevor Schermer (top) was upset by Rummel's Rick LaCava in the finals.

Oddly enough, the Tigers and Raiders did not face each other in any of the finals matches, with Rummel's four losses coming from wrestlers from other schools.  In fact, the Raiders and Tigers only faced each other four times during the tournament, with Holy Cross winning two of the matches by way of falls, and Rummel winning by a fall and a technical decision

Two champions remained undefeated on the season with their victories: Christopher Marson of Denham Springs at 106 lbs. and Rick LaCava of Rummel at 132 lbs.  Two others tasted defeat for the first time: Rummel's Tyler Frame at 145 lbs. and Maycol Rizo of Grace King at 285 lbs.

Finals Summary*

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106 Christopher Marson, the sophomore phenom from Denham Springs, started the finals with a 6-1 decision over Rummel's Devyn Breaud.  Marson's record for the season is now 12-0.  As the Denham Springs team consists of only two wrestlers, Marson's wins have come via the five tournaments he has won.   Breaud is 8-3 at 106 lbs., and fared much better in this match than in his previous match against Marson.
113 Dylan Soileau became Holy Cross' first winner with a pin of Hahnville's Jordan Hernandez.  Soileau improved his record to 19-4, although two of those losses were due to medical or other disqualifications.  Hernandez is 7-3.
120 Returning Division II state champion Alex Nicosia claimed the next Tiger victory with a 10-3 decision over third-seeded Angelo Medina-Perez of Grace King.  Medina-Perez beat another returning state champion, Division III's Baret Sanchez of Brusly, 6-4 in a Sudden-Victory period in the semifinals.  Nicosia is now 15-2 on the season, losing only to two returning Division I state champions.  Medina-Perez is 6-2 at 120 lbs. this season.
126 Rummel's first championship came courtesy of two-time defending state champion Matt Calcote, with a 10-5 victory over Wyatt LeJeune of Brusly.  Calcote improved his record to 15-1, and also won the Trygg Memorial last week.  His only loss came in early November.  LeJeune, the third seed, is 11-5 for the season and reached the finals with a tough 5-4 victory over Holy Cross' Collin Guerra.
132 Rummel's Rick LaCava remained undefeated in 10 matches with a 5-2 decision over Brusly's returning Division III state champion and top seed, Trevor Schermer.  Schermer's at times unorthodox style did not faze LaCava, who scored two single-leg takedowns and an escape to Schermer's two escapes.  Schermer's record is 15-2, with his only other loss being at 138 lbs.  LaCava received one of the Outstanding Wrestler awards for his performance.
138 Thomas Jefferson's Brent Matherne proved why he was the #1 seed by pinning last week's Trygg Memorial Outstanding Wrestler winner Joe Kerry of Rummel in 4:10. Matherne pinned three of his opponents in a combined time of 9:50 while teching another 16-1.  Matherne's record is now 22-2 while Kerry's is 19-7.
145 Entering the finals match Rummel's Tyler Frame was 17-0, with the vast majority of his wins coming by falls and the rest via major or technical decisions.  For five minutes and 45 seconds it looked like he would improve to 18-0.  Redemptorist's Grant Godso, a returning Division III state champion who has only tasted defeat once this season, came close to scoring points at the end of the first two rounds, yet was behind 3-0.  First attempting a Miller's cradle, he flipped over and caught Frame on his back for a two point reversal and two near-fall points, winning 4.3.  Godso was awarded the other Outstanding Wrestler award.  Frame fell to 17-1 and Godso improved his record to 9-1.
152 Prior to the tournament St. Thomas More's Bryant Montero may have had a 7-5 record which did not merit his being seeded.  Perhaps the seeding committee did not know he was the runner-up at the Griffin Open and placed fourth at Central. Montero served notice in his first match at the Sam Sara, defeating top-seeded Austin Doyle of Holy Cross 5-4.  Montero just got better as he moved on, winning his semi-final match 17-3 and using a devastating cross-face cradle in the finals to pin Rummel's Cody LaCoste in 4:50.  LaCoste's record is a very respectable 8-3 now, while Montero's is 10-5 and now includes a tournament championship.
160 Holy Cross' Brice Duhe was seeded second behind De la Salle's returning Division III state champion Alex Martin, but was able to effectively counter Martin's takedown shots en route to an 8-2 victory.  Duhe's record improved to 13-5 after the victory while Martin's fell to 16-4.
170 Rummel's Michael Darwin won his first tournament of the season after pulling-off a tough 1-0 win over third-seeded Ethan Eisenhardt of Fontainebleau.  Each finalist had pinned the wrestlers they faced prior to the finals.  Darwin's record moved to an impressive 18-1 on the season.  Eisenhardt showed much improvement, however, having previously lost to Darwin 9-4, and his record now stands at 12-6. With apologies, no photos available
182 Top-seeded Porter Dazet improved his record to 16-2, but not easily, winning 4-2 in a Sudden Victory period over third-seeded Brendan Allen of Covington.  The Sam Sara is Dazet's second tournament championship, having also won the St. Michael Warrior Open.  Allen's record is now 6-2.
195 The fifth Tiger championship was delivered by Daniel Relayson.  Relayson met Fontainebleau's Daniel Priola in the finals, pinning him in 5:00.  His 18-2 record also includes a championship at the Mandeville Open.  Priola, the second seed, is now 12-4, with three of his losses coming from Relayson. With apologies, no photos available
220 Holy Cross's sixth champion was Michael Yeatman, who improved to 15-2 with a 1:07 pin of Fontainebleau's third-seeded Garrett Kugelmann.  Kugelmann is 5-4. With apologies, no photos available
285 Grace King's Maycol Rizo lost his first match of the season, succumbing to a pin by second seeded Christian Ponson of Fontainebleau.  Ponson is 14-1 this season, and won every match of the tournament via a pin. With apologies, no photos available

* Records listed do not include forfeits or byes.

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