Brusly sets tone early on way to another title

Brusly High continued its run of wrestling dominance by winning its 10th Division III state title in 11 years at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s State Wrestling Tournament that ended Saturday night at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

It started with the Panthers winning the first eight weight classes. Those win helped Brusly put the finishing touches on the title, finishing with 343.5 points. De La Salle (176.5) was second and North Vermillion (165) took third.

Austin Franklin won the 106-weight class and Kendon Lee won the 113. Franklin defeated Ouachita Christian’s Matthew Matherne while Lee defeated Thomas Jefferson’s Logan Griffin.

Lee, a freshman, said he did not expect to win an individual state title this season but hard work helped him get it.

The Panthers’ most notable winner was senior Trevor Schermer, who won at 152, notching his fourth individual title. Schermer and his older brother, Austin, who graduated in 2012, are now the only brothers to each win four individual titles in a career.

Other BHS individual champions were Baret Sanchez (120), Wyatt LeJeune (126), Noah Landry (132), Toby Hebert (138), Koby Mancuso (145) and Dillon Prejean (195).

Diondre Dorsey of Brusly (160) and Dunham’s Kirk Wilson (285) were notable runner-up finishers in Diivision III.

Obviously, Saturday’s team title was familiar territory for Brusly coach Jimmy Bible.

“It’s something we look forward to every year,” Bible said. “This year, we have a real good team. We’re looking to come out and do some good things, some big things, break some records, things like that. The kids responded. They wrestled real well.”

Saying Brusly wrestled well seems like a bit of an understatement, which Bible corrected.

“We’re on a pretty big roll right now,” Bible said.