CHS Wrestling Team Favored To Win City Tournament
There are a few things certain in life as Benjamin Franklin once said – “death and taxes.” If Franklin were around today, he would also include the CHS wrestling program’s dominance in the City tournament. The Bears have captured the City title 15 times since 2000 and a total of 27 times since its inception in 1970.
Number 28 is a good possibility with the Bears entering the prestigious Baton Rouge area tournament as the favorites. Live Oak, St. Amant and Brusly will provide stiff competition for CHS. Action gets underway on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m. with the finals scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the Catholic High gym.
Jacob Fereday and Cameron Carpenter return to defend their City titles from last season. Fereday won City at 160 pounds as a sophomore and Carpenter captured the City title in the 120 pound division as a junior.
Fereday (38-6) is the lone top seed for the Bears, wrestling in the 2017 City meet at 172 pounds. Carpenter (17-7) is a two-seed in the 134 pound division. Luke Romano is also a two-seed, taking his 33-12 record into competition at 108 pounds. Lance Blanchard (27-9) is a two, wrestling at the 140 level. Jeremy Flieg (26-12) joins a host of Bears as a two-seed and competes at 147 pounds. James DeLee wraps up the two-seeds for the Bears at 222 with a 16-5 record. Click here to read more about the top-seeded competitors from The Advocate.
The meet has a special place for the CHS coaching staff as three members are remembered for their prowess on the mat, winning individual City championships. Assistant coach Mitch Vidrine was the champ in 2015 at 138 pounds.Assistant head coach Ben Dipalma won the 135 pound title in 2000. Veteran head coach Tommy Prochaska won two titles – at 140 in 1991 and at 152 in 1992.
“We have many wrestlers that have an opportunity to capture individual titles,” said head coach Tommy Prochaska. “Their efforts will hopefully carry the day and put us in position to win City on our home mat. We anticipate a great crowd with Bear Nation supporting the guys and giving the team a jolt of enthusiasm in the Finals.”
Click here to read more about the 48 annual CIty Tournament from The Advocate.