Crusaders win sixth consecutive Trey Culotta Invitational
December 23rd, 2016| Written by: Editor



Brother Martin won their sixth consecutive Trey Culotta Invitational team championship at the Bobby Conlin Gymnasium on Friday afternoon (December 23rd).  The Crusaders were led by champions Daniel Varnado, Luke Cotton, Steven Shields and Patrick Evans.  Vestavia Hills of Alabama placed second and Airline placed third.

Behind four individual championships, and the fact that the 10 remaining Crusaders wrestlers all placed at least sixth, Brother Martin won their sixth consecutive Trey Culotta Invitational team championship.

With four champions of their own, Vestavia Hills recorded their highest finish since placing second in 2013. Third place Airline had champions in Matt Salinas at 195 lbs. (left), Christian Walden at 160 lbs. (right) and a third-place finisher in Darrell Evans at 182 lbs. (center)

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Final Team Scores

Place Team Points Place Team Points
1 Brother Martin 514.5 8 Belle Chasse 162
2 Vestavia Hills 469.5 9 Comeaux 158
3 Airline 321.5 10 Rayne 149
4 St. Paul's 307.5 11 Houston 117.5
5 Catholic 305 12 Hahnville 89.5
6 Teurlings Catholic 249.5 13 Dunham 39
7 East Ascension 219.5 14 Unattached 0

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Individual Champions

106 lbs. 113 lbs. 120 lbs. 126 lbs. 132 lbs. 138 lbs. 145 lbs.
Daniel Varnado
Brother Martin
Cooper Simon
Luke Cotton
Brother Martin
Steven Shields
Brother Martin
Jared Thieler
St. Paul's
Patrick Evans
Brother Martin
Jack Stoves
Vestavia Hills
152 lbs. 160 lbs. 170 lbs. 182 lbs. 195 lbs. 220 lbs. 285 lbs.
Peter Dazzio
Vestavia Hills
Christian Walden
David Fereday
Sidney Mitchell
East Ascension
Matt Salinas
James Edwards
Vestavia Hills
Jacob Edwards
Vestavia Hills

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LEFT: Daniel Varnado, wrestling at 106 lbs. for Brother Martin, won the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler Award (the weight of the trophy obviously causing Varnado to lean to the right).  Varnado pinned every one of his opponents in the Friday pool round in under a minute.  In the Championship Bracket Tournament on Saturday, Varnado scored one first period fall (1:17), another fall in less than 60 seconds fall (0:33), and finished the tournament with a fall in 1:12 over Teurlings Catholic's Colton Sonnier.

RIGHT: Dunking the Outstanding Wrestler Award was a bad idea in the first place, and luckily, even on Garrett Legendre's shoulders, Varnado could not do it.

For winning the 285 lbs. weight class, Jacob Edwards of Vestavia Hills was awarded the Trey Culotta Award by Mrs. Culotta.

[Finals photos and a few consolation ones will be available later.]

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