Winning an LHSAA wrestling title in Bossier City two weeks from now is the ultimate goal.
However, the 49th Baton Rouge City Wrestling Championship is anything but a consolation prize. The two-day tournament set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Catholic High offers the opportunity to claim local supremacy. The chance to wrestle the team title away from the host Bears is a storyline, too.
“We have a lineup with several new guys in it, but at this point nobody is inexperienced,” Catholic coach Tommy Prochaska said. “They have competed a full season and I think you’ve got some wrestlers and teams who come into this tournament specific goals. Most teams have made the final changes to their lineup and want to see how it works.”
Catholic has won the past three City titles. Division III Brusly was the last team to oust the Division I Bears in 2014. Two Ascension Parish-based Division I teams, East Ascension and St. Amant, lead the list of challengers along with Division II Live Oak. The two-day tournament concludes Saturday with finals set for 2:30 p.m.
“Pat (Mahoney) has the best team he has had in a while at East Ascension,” Prochaska said. “St. Amant has a couple of hammers in its lineup and a good group. Live Oak has changed its lineup in a way that I think will help them in this meet and at state. There are other teams, like Zachary, that have improved through the year.”
The strides Zachary has made under first-year coach Jean Paul Pierre, a former Brother Martin assistant, adds something to the City mix. Catholic has four top seeds, led by Jacob Fereday at 170 pounds. Camdyn Ingram, the top seed at 152, is one of three top seeds for LOHS. St. Amant and East Ascension each have two top seeds.
A year ago, St. Amant was second to Catholic, while EAHS and Live Oak were third and fourth. Fereday, Ingram, St. Amant’s Hunter Hawkins, Wes Brady of Zachary and East Ascension’s Jordan Campbell all won City titles a year ago.
Last Chance Qualifier
Local/area indoor competitors get one more chance to make a statement before the LHSAA’s Indoor Championships on Feb. 17. LSU’s Last Chance Qualifier begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House.
Zachary’s Sean Burrell ranks among the nation’s leaders in the boys 400 meters but will focus on the 60-meter hurdles at this meet. LSU football signee Kenan Jones of Berwick is again among the competitors to watch in the jumps events. Episcopal’s Graham Frazier (3,200) is another local runner to watch.
The list of girls watch includes St. Joseph’s Academy’s Lauren Hendry (3,200 meters), Plaquemine’s Aldrianna Dupree (60 meters), West Feliciana’s Kennedy London (60 hurdles, 60 dash) and shot put competitors Kristian Jackson of Zachary and Logan Lewis of Baton Rouge High.
City Wrestling Championship
106 pounds: 1, Clayton Hill, Live Oak. 2, Hunter Goodson, Catholic. 3, Anthony Krass, East Ascension.
113: 1, Luke Romano, Catholic. 2, Tyree Morris, St. Amant. 3, Devin Deranger, East Ascension.
120: 1, Peter Kelly, Catholic. 2, Corey Brownell, St. Amant. 3, David Kent, Brusly.
126: 1, Bayley Hebert, Live Oak. 2, Jaden Synder, St. Amant. 3, Martin Helouin, Catholic.
132: 1, Trent Mahoney, East Ascension. 2, Calep Balcuns, Brusly. 3, Jordan Griffin, Live Oak.
138: 1, Kade Fouts, Catholic. 2, Anthony Dodson, Live Oak. 3, Matthew Anderson, Brusly.
145: 1, Nakie Brown, St. Amant. 2, Lance Robinson, St. Michael. 3, Canon Hunt, Catholic.
152: 1, Camdyn Ingram, Live Oak. 2, Zion Marable, Dutchtown. 3, Brayden Wilson, Central.
160: 1, Hunter Hawkins, St. Amant. 2, Travis Hale, Zachary. 3, Macullen Mire, Catholic.
170: 1, Jacob Fereday, Catholic. 2, Kyle Chatman, East Ascension. 3, Caleb Mickelson, Zachary.
182: 1, Dane Harter, St. Michael. 2, Kenyon Martin, Zachary. 3, Brandon Young, Brusly.
195: 1, Gavin Bonilla, McKinley. 2, Robert Rabel, Dunham. 3, Chris Hart, Zachary.
220: 1, Wes Brady, Zachary. 2, Devon Clark, East Ascension. 3, Axel Encalade-Arce, Baton Rouge High.
285: 1, Jordan Campbell, East Ascension. 2, Anthony Ingram, Live Oak. 3, Caleb Jackson, Zachary.