Host Raiders dominate the Trygg-Sara Memorial by 48 points
December 2nd, 2023| Written by: Staff writer



The Rummel Raiders had five finalists and won four championships at the Trygg-Sara Memorial tournament Saturday at Rummel.  Runner-up Fontainebleau had an opposite finals record, winning one of their five finals matches.  Shaw placed third, followed by Brother Martin and De la Salle.  (Just a side note to Division II, the Raiders looked really good.)

Rummel Raiders
Fontainebleau Bulldogs


Place Team Points       Place Team Points
1 Rummel 214   14 Holy Cross 39.5
2 Fontainebleau 166   T-15 Covington 35
3 Shaw 160   T-15 Hahnville 35
4 Brother Martin 125   17 John Ehret 32.5
4 De la Salle 123   18 Chalmette 30
6 Jesuit 103   19 Fisher 22
7 Lakeshore 102.5   20 Salmen 15
8 John Curtis 93   21 Haynes 14
9 Belle Chasse 81.5   22 Kenner Discovery 13
10 Walker 72   23 Pearl River 8
11 St. Paul 71   24 Thomas Jefferson 4
12 Destrehan 61.5   25 Bonnabel 3
13 Riverdale 42        

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Weight Class Champions

106 Pounds 113 Pounds 120 Pounds 126 Pounds
Liam Richie
Noah Confident
Brother Martin
Dylan Duvernay
De la Salle
Kaiden Triche
132 Pounds 138 Pounds 144 Pounds 150 Pounds 157 Pounds
Dylan Stubbs
Asher Wilson
Mason Scholl
Cameron Gandolfi
Brock Gross
Belle Chasse
165 Pounds 175 Pounds 190 Pounds 215 Pounds 285 Pounds
Kaleb Sanders
William Coles
St. Paul
Taylor Mahoney
James Nero
Gabriel Millbern

Brother Martin's 113 lbs. champion Noah Confident was recognized as the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.  Confident, a junior, won his first two matches via falls in 3:34 and 1:38.  He defeated Jesuit's Grant Carroll (who placed third) 8-0 MD and then outscored Lakeshore's 2023 Division II 3rd-place finisher Bryce Latino 7-6 in the finals, scoring the winning two points late in the third period, despite what the TrackWrestling match summary might say.  Confident is 12-2 (Louisiana losses only).  His losses were to 2023 Division II runner-up Daniel Daspit of Teurlings Catholic and 2023 Division I runner-up Michael Barnett of Jesuit.  Both losses were 2-0 affairs. 

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Preston and Brandon did not know if I was taking photos of all of the placers or just the champions, and they politely turned and gave me the shots.  What was I going to do?  Scar them for life by not publishing them?
157 Pounds
3rd Place
190 Pounds
2nd Place
Preston Curtis
John Curtis
Brandon Crespo
The sizes of the first photo on the left are important.  When I first looked at the icons of the championship photos in Windows Explorer, I saw the one to the left.  With my eyes, which, as most of you know, really psuque, I thought it was somebody's mother accepting some kind of award.  To apologize to Walker's Gabriel Millbern, I offer the photo next to it of me in 1972.  I had hair of-or-like that until my eighth-grade year.  As my mother worked at St. Martin's I often stayed around the St. Martin's Lower School playground until she was done with administrative work at the Upper School.  More than once a custodian would yell "You can't go in there!" when I started to enter the boy's bathroom.  At the right-extreme end of my lifetime bell-curve is the photo Kim Karcher (oddly, a Walker parent) took of me photographing the finals.  That was a kind thought on her behalf, but she did not have to Photoshop so much "distinguished" into my hair.

Notes from a failing memory...

Kaiden Triche of Rummel and Walker's Kye Karcher wrestled an excellent 120 lbs. finals match, won by Triche 6-4.  Triche held a 4-0 lead before Karcher came back to tie it with a takedown in the beginning of the final period.  Triche managed a reversal shortly thereafter, which was the difference in the match score, but both of them have to respect each other's "game" should they meet again. 

At 138 lbs., Fontainebleau senior Asher Wilson earned his 100th victory, which was heralded with balloons and, again, revelry.  He met Shaw's Giovanni Malta in the finals and Malta took the lead with a takedown 55 seconds into the first period.  I do not recall exactly how, but Wilson started coming out from the bottom and realized, which Malta did not, that he was slowly putting Malta on his back.  Sans a reversal, Wilson scored a fall.  I do not think either wrestler knew why the match was stopped until the referee told them.  Lesson learned by Malta no doubt.  He is not alone in that category, though. 

In 2014 Jesuit's Ben D'Antonio pinned himself and finished fifth at the Ken Cole.  After that he won the first of his two Division I championships, as well as the 2015 Ken Cole.  Note the shirt and take heart. 

Riverdale's Taylor Mahoney is 12-1 with his only loss coming from possible Division I favorite Jacobi Clement of East Ascension.  Mahoney won the Bulldog Brawl and placed third at the Spartan Invitational before winning this event.

Shaw's James Nero is 11-0 and won the Spartan Invitational before this event.

Walker's Gabriel Millbern is 17-1 with his only loss coming from Live Oak's 2023 Division I state runner-up Gage Kelly.  After placing second at the Warrior Open due to the loss to Kelly, Millbern has won the Lakeshore Open, the Griffen Open, he Spartan Invitational and this event. 


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