16 Feb 2016

CHS Wrestling Team Finishes Sixth at State Meet

The CHS Wrestling team wrapped up the 15-16 season with a 6th place finish at the Division I state meet. The Bears were among 27 schools to compete at the Century Link Center in Bossier City this past weekend.  The Bears finished with a 16-6 dual meet record.

The Bears were led by state runners-up K.J. Wilson (285) and Jacob Fereday (160).  Wilson finished his high school career with 30-6 record on the season, while Fereday finished 52-12.  The 52 wins were the most individual wins among Bear grapplers this season.  Both were crowned City champions earlier this year. 

Finishing fifth at the state meet were Denver Denison (170) and James DeLee (220).  Denison worked through multiple injuries this season to post a 17-12 record.  DeLee completed his season with a 24-9 record.

Sixth place finishers at the state meet were Andrew Messina (152) and Nicholas Danna (182).  Messina finished 37-23, while Danna went 38-21.

Racking up 40 plus victories on the year were 126 pounder Daniel Gunn (45-14) and 138 pounder Davis Polito (43-15).  120 pounder Cameron Carpenter finished with an impressive 31-8 record, while Lance Blanchard (37-25) and Brent Torres (38-24) approached the 40 match win plateau.

The Bears won their twenty-seventh City title on the way to their sixth place finish at state, where Carpenter, Polito, Fereday and Wilson captured individual championships.  Gunn, Torres, Messina and Danna were runners-up at City, while Blanchard, Denison, and DeLee finished in third.  Evan Goldsmith earned fifth place honors at City.

A notable accomplishment hit by Jacob Fereday this year were his 52 wins, which ranks 15th all-time in most wins in a season.  Joey Fontenot holds the record with 58 wins in the 2011 season.

Fereday’s 95 career wins ranks him tied for 40th all-time in CHS wrestling history – six shy of assistant wrestling coach Ben DiPalma and three better than head coach Tommy Prochaska.  Trent Fresina’s 180 career wins ranks firs all-time.