Grapplers Win Fourth Consecutive City Championship
In their home gym, Catholic High fended off stiff competition and scored 250 points to capture another City Championship. The Bears won their fourth City title in a row, fifteen of the last sixteen and twenty-eighth in the forty-nine City Championship meets.
Head coach Tommy Prochaska has led the Bears to seventeen of those twenty-eight titles and knows how important winning the City Championship is to the program. “Our wrestlers know the importance of this meet and the rich tradition it brings. It is awesome that our guys carry that as motivation when they get on the mat to compete,” said Prochaska. “There are so many that have come before them that they do not want to disappoint. Winning the title in our gym makes it more special to the guys,” he added.
The Bears had five wrestlers capture individual titles in their respective weight classes: Luke Romano (113), Peter Kelly (120), Martin Helouin (126), Kade Fouts (138) and Jacob Fereday (170). Hunter Goodson was the runner-up at 106 and Macullen Mire was the runner-up at 160.
Now the focus turns to the Division I State Championship, held in the Shreveport area at the Century Tel Arena on February 16 and 17. The Bears will face stiff competition in Brother Martin and Holy Cross, but have been hardened by traveling to out of state meets and competing against the best in the region and state. “Our attention turns now to taking a look back at what we did at City and learning how we can get better in the next week and a half. We have a tremendous coaching staff led by assistant head coach Ben DiPalma, and our guys will be in great physical and mental condition,” noted Prochaska.
Catch the recap in The Advocate.