Crusader Wrestling - 1

Wrestling Pioneers

Wrestling came to Esplanade Avenue in 1966-7 when a team of three members competed in local and state competition. Junior Mike McMenemon earned runner-up honors in both district and state competition. The other grapplers were senior Ralph Gaubert and junior David Engert. Nowhere does the Yearbook list the coach's name.

Unfortunately, the team did not continue the next year. Wrestling became a permanent Crusader sport in the second year of Brother Martin (1970-1).

Wrestling 1966-7
Mike McMenemon, Ralph Gaubert, and David Engert
Charbonneau Era Begins
Ray Charbonneau
Ray Charbonneau
Ray Charbonneau took over the Brother Martin wrestling program in 1974. After four coaches in the first four years of the program, Ray brought much-needed stability during his 13 years at the helm. The upgrade started the very first year.

  • In the 1975 regional tournament, the Crusaders claimed fourth, the highest finish in school history.
  • Senior captain Scott Oswald won the regional championship in the 119 lb class for the third straight year. Junior Kurt Coste finished 2nd, junior Eugene Majeau 3rd, and junior Mike Casadaban 4th in their weight classes.
  • The squad ended fifth in state, also the best BM had yet done.
  • Oswald won state at 119 while Coste finished 2nd in the 98 lb class. Majeau and Greg LeBourgeois reached the semifinals.
Eugene Majeau
Eugene Majeau
Kurt Coste
Kurt Coste
Scott Oswald
Scott Oswald
Undefeated Wrestler
Michelli and Williams
P. Lindsey Williams had a great senior year on the mats in 1982-3. He pinned 31 of 35 opponents in an undefeated season to win the state championship in the 155-pound class. Joining him in the LHSAA winners' circle were juniors Kenny Spellman at 119 and Rene Colon at 132.
Rene Colon
Four Consecutive State Championships
The 1986-7 wrestling team won their fourth state championship in a row under Coach Ray Charbonneau.
  • The season started with a 107-106 win at the Brother Martin Invitational.
  • The Crusaders won their next 13 meets entering the Regionals.
  • BM won the Regional 180-122 over second place Jesuit. 12 Crusaders qualified for state.
  • Three Saders won state titles: Marc Devenport (112), Eric Anderson (155), and Brian Delatte (185).
  • The team easily outpointed second place Grace King 167 1/2 to 106.
  • Six seniors wrestled on all four state champion squads. In addition to the three state champs, this list includes Mark Bell, Daniel Buras, and Greg Schmidt.
Ray Charbonneau
Ray Charbonneau
Wrestling Heritage
Darryl Brue
Darryl Brue (right) in action.
He and Eddie Cerise were the first two BM state
wrestling champions (1972).
The Brother Martin wrestling coaches distribute a facts sheet to prospective wrestlers in the student body. Here are some points of pride of the Crusader grapplers (through 2007-8).

  • More state team championships than any other sport at Brother Martin.
  • LHSAA records for:
    • Most state champions in a single year
    • Most points scored in a state tournament
    • Largest margin of victory at the state tournament
    • Most finalists in a state tournament
  • 88 individual state champions
  • 59 individual state runners-up
  • 278 state place winners (1st-6th)
First Wrestling District Title in Six Years
The 1995-6 Brother Martin wrestlers won the first district championship since 1990. Mark Wisniewski and assistant Robbie Dauterive also developed the school's first individual state champions since 1991.

  • At the District meet, junior Jacob Gruwell placed first in the 130 lb class. Other winners were senior captain Mike Boudreaux (135), sophomore Hiram Greer (145), and junior Kevin Kern (160). Finishing second were sophomore Ryan Pastorek (103), senior Casey King (152), junior Brett D'Allesandro (171), junior Kenny Kiefer (189), senior Neil Waguespack (215), and junior Trey Culotta (275).
  • The Saders also claimed the Region IV championship. Greer and Culotta won their divisions while Gruwell and Boudreaux claimed second. All told, 13 BM grapplers qualified for the state meet.
  • While the team fell 5 1/2 points short at state at UNO, three Crusaders won titles: Greer, Culotta, and Gruwell.
Wrestling State Champions 1996
Jacob Gruwell, Trey Culotta, and Hiram Greer,
wrestling state champions for 1996
First Martin Wrestling Squad

Eddie Cerise
Eddie Cerise

Darryl Brue
Henry Gernhauser congratulates Darryl Brue after his victory.

The Brother Martin Crusader for January 29, 1971, contained this article on the Crusaders' first wrestling team since 1967 at St. Aloysius.

Coach Dennis Murphy, a former heavyweight champion wrestler, is helping prepare the young wrestlers for the remaining meets. The coaches are well pleased with the progress of the 30 or more boys out for this initial squad. Weight classes start at 95 pounds and go to 185 pounds, after which the weight class is unlimited. Eddie Cerise and Steve Mallerich are the leading Martin point getters with 27 and 23 points respectively. Any wrestler who gets 30 or more points during the season receives a letter. With a team record of two wins and seven losses, the Crusader grapplers are beginning to show improvement. In the first five meets they defeated squads from Walker High, tied Fortier, and were beaten by Kennedy on pins since the score was so close. The city meet will be held February 19-20 in New Orleans and the state meet, February 27-28 in Baton Rouge.

At the end of the year, the Yearbook sports editor wrote this.

The newest sport at the school to take part in inter-school competition is wrestling. In its initial season, the Martin grapplers posted a respectable 4-7-2 record and were paced by Eddie Cerise with 47 points. According to Coaches Barry Poche and V. J. Gianelloni, the other leaders on the Crusader squad were Steve Mallerich, Terry Maestri, Dennis Garcia, and David Gernhauser.
The team finished 11th in state.
Coach Barry Poche
Coach Barry Poche
 Terry Maestri
Terry Maestri (on top) moves for position against his opponent.
Coach V. J. Gianelloni
Coach V. J. Gianneloni
1980 Wrestling 3rd in State
The 1979-80 Brother Martin wrestling team finished 2nd in district, 2nd in regionals, and 3rd in state.
  • Coach Ray Charbonneau was ably assisted by Mike Merritt ('75).
  • Charbonneau viewed the season as a rebuilding project since only three starters returned from the '79 state championship squad.
  • Ray was elated at the job his young wrestlers did.

Seven grapplers qualified for state.

  • Sophomore Neil Roberts (98 lbs)
  • Junior Paul Palermo (105)
  • Junior Mark Wisniewski (119)
  • Junior Kent Webb (126)
  • Senior Mark Roberts (145)
  • Senior Kevin Scheyd
  • Junior Al Giraud (heavyweight)

At the tournament at Baker High School, Palermo, Webb, and Mark Roberts won individual state titles while Scheyd finished second.

1980 Wrestlers
1980 state qualifiers: Front: Kent Webb, Kevin Scheyd, Paul Palermo, Neil Roberts
Back: Mark Roberts, Al Giraud, Mark Wisniewski
Tops in the Southeast
The 1999-2000 Brother Martin wrestling team not only defended their state champion­ship, they also set scoring records and ended up as Wrestling USA magazine's best team in the Southeast.

The Crusaders finished first in every tournament and dual meet in which they competed

  • Robbie Dauterive's powerhouse scored over 70 points six times: Mandeville (71-6), Fontainebleau (72-7), Grace King (72-3), Borges (74-3), and Grace King again (77-4).
  • The first dual meet against Jesuit produced a "squeaker," 39-17. The Blue Jays fell the second time in their own gym by 52-16.
  • The tournaments in which the Crimson juggernaut rolled over all opposition inclu­ded the Sam Sara Invitational at Rummel, Blackhorse Invitational in Nashville, the Panther Invitational in Georgia, the Lee High Invitational in Baton Rouge, and the Mighty Lion Invitational in Lafayette.

The Crimson Knights set themselves up at the district tournament to defend their LHSAA title by qualifying all 14 wrestlers.

  • Twelve grapplers reached the finals of their weight class, with seven claiming indi­vidual championships: Adam Manguno (103), Aaron Theriot (125), Richard Dixon (130), Brian Spellman (135), Brad Higgins (160), James Berry (189), and Jason Culotta (275).
  • Lucas Gruwell (119), David Schmidt (140), Joe Gulotta (145), Chris McElrath (152), and Blake Henry (215) earned runner-up status.
  • Chris Zeringue (171) finished third, and Sang Nguyen (112) took fourth.

The Crusaders set an LHSAA record with 328 at the state tournament and a national record for points in a single season - 4,187.5.

Wrestling USA rated Brother Martin #27 in the nation.

2000 State Wrestling Champions

Standing (l to r): Asst. Coach Kenny Spellman ’84, Asst. Coach Ryan Hess, Stan Cooper ’01, Pat Mitchell ’02, Chris McElrath ’02, Joe Gulotta ’02, Blake Henry ’01, Ronnie Lampard ’02, Chuck Stall ’02, Head Coach Robbie Dauterive ’84; Sitting (l to r): Joel Martinez ’03, Adam Manguno ’01, Clif Street ’01, Aaron Theriot ’01, Richie Dixon ’01, Lucas Gruwell ’01, Dave Schmidt ’01

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1966-7: Wrestling Pioneers

1974-5: Charbonneau Era Begins

1982-3: Undefeated Wrestler

1986-7: Four Consecutive State Championships

Wrestling Heritage

First Wrestling District Title in Six Years

First Wrestling Squad

1980 Wrestling Third in State


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