CHS Grapplers Get Ready For State!
The Shreveport area is the host of the LHSAA state wrestling championships that will take place this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 16-17), at the Century Tel Center. Action kicks off at 8 a.m. on Friday. Semifinal action gets underway at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and the finals take place at 5 p.m. on day two of the tourney.
The Bears come into the tourney with 10 seeded wrestlers in the 14 divisions. Senior Jacob Fereday, the all-time winningest wrestler in Catholic High history, garnered the #1 seed in the 170 pound weight class. Luke Romano is the other #1 seed for the Bears, competing in the 113 pound division.
Other seeded wrestlers, along with their weight class, are listed below with their seeding in parentheses:
106 Hunter Goodson (4)
120 Peter Kelly (5)
126 Martin Helouin (8)
132 A.J. Sabine (7)
138 Kade Fouts (5)
145 Canon Hunt (7)
160 Macullen Mire (9)
285 Taaj Abdul-Salaam (8)
Of the seeded wrestlers, only Fereday and Fouts are seniors. Four other seniors will graduate. The future is bright for the Bears as coach Tommy Prochaska has 26 freshmen in the program to go with eight seeded underclassmen returning next year.
Thirty-one teams will compete for the Division I Championship, but Brother Martin is the favorite. “Brother Martin is loaded this year,” said veteran CHS Coach Tommy Prochaska. “Last year’s state champion, Holy Cross, is expected to challenge Brother Martin along with St. Paul’s, Jesuit and the Bears. East Ascension and St. Amant will be competitive as well. Our goal is to focus on each individual match and not look at the scoreboard.”
The last time the Bears won a state championship was in 2010, but they have a legitimate shot to leave with some hardware on Saturday despite Brother Martin being such a big favorite. The Bears were the state runners-up in 2012, and hope to build off of their City Championship and seeded wrestlers for momentum at state.