CHS Wrestling, No Division I Title, But Still Plenty to Celebrate
While the CHS wrestling team did not claim a title at the Division I state meet in Bossier City, there was a a lot for the Bears and staff to celebrate . The fourth place finish at the Century Tel Center put the Bears ahead of all Baton Rouge area teams – St. Amant, East Ascension, Zachary, Baton Rouge High, Dutchtown, Central and Walker – by amassing 180 points, just 4.5 points out of a tie for third.
The Bears picked up a state runners-up finish from Luke Romano at 120 pounds. Romano, a senior, wrapped up a stellar career that saw him win a state title last year as a junior at 113 pounds. He also has a resume’ that shows an individual City title and two City runners-up finishes. “We will miss Luke’s leadership and steadiness in our program,” stated 22- year coach Tommy Prochaska. “Luke gave us three great years in the lower weight divisions and has been a constant for us.” Romano finished with a 39-16 mark in ’18-’19.
Also graduating is A.J. Sabine at 152 pounds. Sabine wrapped up his career with a fifth place finish on Saturday. Like Romano, Sabine was a runners-up at the City meet and a member of the team championship as well. Sabine won an individual title at the Brusly Eight earlier in the season. “A.J. is a young man who has come a long way in our program. He was committed to the team and a steady performer for the Bears in the middle weight classes, his 39-12 record speaks for itself,” said Prochaska. Also placing at the state meet were Connor Finucane (third at 285); fourth place finishes from Hunter Goodson (113) and Christian Mannino (220); fifth place finishes from Peter Kelly (132), A.J. Sabine (152) and Ian Wyble (160). Macullen Mire took home sixth place at 182 pounds for the Bears.
Ethan Ourso (106) and Canon Hunt (145), returners in 2019-2020, captured individual City championship belts with Ourso earning Outstanding Wrestler honors. With Martin Helouin (second at City at 126 pounds), Brian Hibbard (third at City at 195 sounds), Andrew Evans (40-26 in the 170 pound division) and Tyler Toussant (26 wins at 138 pounds), Catholic High wrestling has a bright future for next season. “We graduate two outstanding wrestlers in Romano and Sabine, but return 12 starters from the state meet and many others who started for us at different times this season,” noted Prochaska. “We finally got our lineup squared away in the final two meets of the season, but that allowed so many of our kids to gain wrestling experience for the future. It will be exciting to watch our staff work with and develop some of our younger wrestlers in the off-season.”
Check out the top six scorers in the Division I standings courtesy of The Advocate.