St. Martin's Wrestling - Metairie, Louisiana

1980 - Coach: Keith Hosli

State Results - 102.5 Points, 7th of 14 Teams, Division II.

Notables:    Steven Kantrow became St. Martin's' third State Champion with a 12-11 victory over Brusly's Wayne Prejean at 132#s. A tad later, Martin Muller became the fourth with a 12-4 victory over (the late) Tim McCall of South Cameron at 138#s.  Gary Sutton placed second at 167#s and Robert Landry placed second at 185#s only due to a ridiculous call by the referee.  Randy Ramp placed sixth at 145#s.  It should be noted that two-time third-place finisher Jeff Martin was injured prior to the state tournament, compliments of the Reverend Richard Smith of Bonnabel.

Steven Kantrow, Co-Captain and State Champion at 132#s.  Co-Captain Jeff Martin on a typical wrestling day for him. 
Runner-up Robert Landry in the 1980 State Finals. Robert Landry in action in the state finals. Robert Landry in action in the state finals two seconds later.
Runner-up Gary Sutton in the 1980 State Finals. I trust that Gary agrees that these two photos represent highlights of that particular match.


[Left to right]  John Andry, Kirk Groh waving to someone, John Henry in the background, Greg Palmer, Martin Muller, Paul Pearce, Eric Groh (?) and Coach Keith Hosli.


Jack Gordon - despite this picture, Jack is very high on the list of those who should have been state champions.

Jack Gordon getting out of a predicament.


John Henry John Henry in action.
John Henry in action again, against what looks like a Brusly wrestler having a bad day.  The late Wayne Schmidt, a 2006 Louisiana Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee, is refereeing.


Randy Ramp Bill Colomb Greg "Bucky" Palmer


Jay Hutchens Paul Pearce


Martin Muller proving that the double-chicken-wing does work (vs. Jerry Schmidt of Brother Martin, and ref'd by Jerry's older brother Wayne). Martin Muller, State Champion at 138#s.  The hand symbol is from the Lafayette tournament that year when all of the Capitol kids kept saying "hang loose" with that gesture.

Martin Muller at the awards ceremony.  The late Tim McCall of South Cameron (runner-up) right, Robert Owens of Hahnville (third place) left. I only publish this picture because it is of myself looking at Gary Sutton after winning a free dinner at Burger King for the fastest pin at the Hahnville tournament.  I got the free dinner, but we must have irked our coaches something wicked, as we all had to walk back to the school from that Airline Highway Burger King.

I offer this photograph only because about five minutes prior to this match, Gilbert Joe of Jeanerette asked me to "go easy" on his little brother.


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