NEW ORLEANS — Having already practically run away with the Division III wrestling state championship even before the finals began Saturday evening at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Brusly coach Jimmy Bible said he had a simple message for his competitors who were heading into the final round at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
“I told them, ‘This is all about you,’ ” Bible said. “ ‘You’ve done your part for the team, now go out and win it for you. Just go do what you have to do to win.’”
So they did.
Junior Trevor Schermer, won his third consecutive state title, taking the 132-pound weight class 13-1 over Bossier’s Oscar Telles. And junior Wyatt LeJeune won his first individual championship, edging South Cameron’s Kelby Comeaux 6-4. Together, they helped the Panthers win their second consecutive state title and their ninth in 10 years.
In other results, Parkway Baptists’ Marshall Hill defeated Redemptorist’s Grant Godso to win the 145-pound weight division. De La Salle’s Alex Martin defeated Koby Mancuso of Brusy to win the 152 pound class.
Perennial powerhouse Brusly had a commanding lead heading into Saturday’s finals session with 212.5 points. North Vermillion was second with 169, followed by Curtis and Evangel. But that didn’t give the Panthers justification to ease up. Bible said that when the team’s streak of consecutive wins ended at seven in 2011 in Bossier City, they didn’t like their second place trophy one bit.
“We didn’t even put the second place trophy in our trophy case,” Bible said. “We had it in our room for the whole year. We looked at it, and they didn’t like it too much.”
“It showed us that we had to work harder and keep focused,” said Schermer.
Schermer certainly had motivation to win on Saturday. Besides trying to carry on a school legacy, Schermer is trying to carry on a family tradition. His older brother, Austin, won four state championships as a Panther.
Trevor, whom Bible calls the team leader, is working to match that streak. With previous wins at 112 and 120 pounds, Schermer said he had to battle fatigue, cramping hands, as well as a midmatch delay over a scoring discrepancy to take Saturday’s match.
“I don’t really see any pressure,” he said. “My brother came in here and he won his four straight titles. I just feel like everybody is looking up to me. I try to push everybody to work hard.”
Among those he pushed was LeJeune, who suffered a disappointing loss in the final seconds of last year’s finals.
“We were drill partners all year long,” Schermer said. “I just wanted to push him and (remind) him how bad it felt to lose state last year.”
“This year feels a lot better,” he said. “My mind-set this year was, go out and wrestle my style and not worry about who was supposed to be better. ”
Clutching a giant placard showing his progress through the bracket and wearing his gold medal around his neck – and a huge smile – LeJeune certainly was happier with this year’s showing. “I’m very proud of myself,” he said.
Another proud winner Saturday was Thomas Jefferson’s Logan Griffin.
One of the first winners of the day, in the first round of matches in the 106-pound class, Griffin topped Prentice Spurlock of John Curtis to win his first wrestling state championship – and his school’s.
“He and I (met) three different times during the year,” Griffin said. “I beat him once. It helped me because, my coach told me to stick to a single A defense. That’s how I got one of my takedowns.”
Teammate Brent Matherne, a senior from Thomas Jefferson, won the school’s second state title a few minutes later, defeating Benjamin Kirkikis of Evangel 9-3.