10 Feb 2008

Wrestling Team Claims State Title

Catholic High captured the state wrestling title, for the first time in 33 years, on February 9th and ended a 25-year reign of Jesuit and Brother Martin in New Orleans. CHS is the only school outside the New Orleans area to win a state wrestling title in Division I.

Catholic High was tied with Jesuit as the Bears approached their final matches. CHS needed one of its three remaining wrestlers in the finals at 145,152 and 171 to win an individual title to give the Bears the state championship. Second-seeded Trent Fresina defeated No. 1 Bernie Dupuy of Rummel 6-4 at 152 and the result gave the Bears 214 points, surpassing Jesuit’s 210.

The team placed 11 out of 14 wrestlers in the top 6 in each weight class. Individual state champions for the Bears were Blake Savoie ‘ 112, Alex Hurst ‘ 119 and Trent Fresina ‘ 152.

State runners-up included Robert Town ‘ 130, Benjamin Carroll ‘ 145, and John Luckett ‘ 171. Luis Alexander (135) placed third and Samuel Knight (125) and Michael Love (189) placed fourth.

Trent Fresina was named Outstanding Wrestler for the meet.

Tommy Prochaska, a 1992 graduate of Catholic High, serves as head wrestling coach. CHS has won two state wrestling titles ‘ one in 1975 and 2008.

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