Host Rummel leads after first day of Trygg-Sara Memorial
December 1st, 2023| Written by: Staff writer



The host Rummel Raiders lead after the first day of the Trygg-Sara Memorial.  With 78 points the 2023 Division II third-place finishers lead Fontainebleau 78-60.  Shaw, Brother Martin and De la Salle are in a tight race for third, with 48, 47 and 45 points, respectively. 

Place Team Points       Place Team Points
1 Rummel 78   14 Walker 18
2 Fontainebleau 60   15 Covington 17
3 Brother Martin 47   16 Hahnville 14
T-4 Shaw 45   17 Fisher 13
T-4 De la Salle 45   18 Riverdale 12
6 Jesuit 36   T-19 Haynes 10
7 Destrehan 33.5   T-19 Kenner Discovery 10
8 Belle Chasse 33   21 Pearl River 8
9 Lakeshore 31   22 Chalmette 7
10 Holy Cross 27.5   23 Salmen 6
11 St. Paul 20   24 Thomas Jefferson 4
12 John Ehret 19.5   25 Bonnabel 3
13 John Curtis 19        

Important matters need be mentioned first, and nothing could be better than to see Mrs. Stephanie Sara, the wife of the late Sam Sara, behind the main table running the event.  Mrs. Sara ran countless state championship tournaments and was inducted into the Louisiana Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2008, three years after her husband's induction.

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Next, of course, means explaining the balloons.  The revelry was for Fontainebleau senior Asher Wilson, who won his 100th match Friday evening.  Wilson is 19-2 this season (including two wins Friday night at Rummel), with tournament wins at the Rumble on the River, the Lakeshore Open and the Bulldog Brawl.  He placed second at the Spartan Invitational, falling to Sam Houston's Caleb Lavine 5-1 and lost a 15-12 match to Rummel's Jake Brandstetter in a dual meet. 

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In the corner seats are Norman Drake and John Kendrick of Curtis, Eric Desormeaux (the only coach to win state championships in all three divisions) and Ben Heyob of Holy Cross, A Haynes coach I do not know and two-time Bonnabel state champion John Fogarty, who should know he can make that face and might wonder what effects it might have on his Wildcat wrestlers.

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Yes, I know who some of these kids are, but not all so I should be fair and name none of them.

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This young lady from Pearl River High School was a pleasure to meet.  I only know her as Dakota as she has not emailed me her last name to give her proper credit for taking the remaining photographs, but she has earned the right to use one of my cameras and better lenses should she care to on Saturday.


The kids were not at Rummel for their health, so I should try to decipher, if I recognize them, some pertinent results.

Brother Martin junior Trey Trainor, who is 4-0 and has D1 state championship experience, was for some reason not seeded.  But he prevailed over the fifth and fourth seeds to make the semifinals at 120 lbs. 

There will be a rematch in the 126 lbs. semifinals between Walker's Kye Karcher, who place fifth at 120 lbs. in the 2023 D1 state championships, and Fontainebleau's Samuel Favaza, who won the D1 106 lbs. final.  Karcher won their first match in the finals of the Lakeshore Open.

Sure, there are probably some other noteworthy upsets, and I apologize that I do not know enough about some of the kids competing to recognize those matches.  This is only the second event I have been to this season, and half of my motive for going was to let people know that an A.I. programs was not publishing articles on the Louisiana Wrestling News website.  And a Rummel mother was correct in that the other half of why I was there was because Rummel is only five miles from my house.


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