14 Feb 2017

CHS Grapplers Look To The Future With Confidence

The CHS wrestling team traveled to Bossier City this past weekend to compete in the 2017 LHSAA Division I State Wrestling Championships at the CenturyTel Center. The Bears entered the meet coming off a Baton Rouge City championship title. The Bears were in fourth place after day one of the championships, but suffered some close losses and finished eighth overall, a half point out of sixth.  

Junior Jacob Fereday was the state runner-up in the 170 pound division and is just forty-one wins shy of becoming the winningest wrestler in CHS history. Jude Franklin (120), Lance Blanchard (138) and James DeLee (220) reached the semifinals and finished fourth. Luke Romano placed 5th at 106 and Cameron Carpenter was 6th at 130.

“The future of CHS wrestling looks very bright as the team will return nine starters for next year,” stated veteran  CHS coach Tommy Prochaska.  “Two freshmen and two sophomores found their way into the starting lineup and will be back. We will have five juniors returning with one of those being a program staple in Fereday.  We are excited about our young wrestlers and look forward to their development in the next year.”

Hopefully the state wrestling tournament will return to the south. Prochaska feels that the meet has a good chance of being hosted by the CajunDome in Lafayette or the River Center in Baton Rouge.  “There are a large number of programs that wrestle in the southern part of Louisiana. It makes geographic sense for the tournament to be in the south.”  Hopefully we will see the tournament, held for so long at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, return to the south where the sport has a more enthusiastic following.