The history of Holy Cross High School wrestling is unparalleled in Louisiana annuls.
The Tigers have won a state-best 27 team state wrestling championships. Brother Melchior Polowy, who was a founding father of the sport in Louisiana, was the architect of 22 of those titles between 1945-68. Each year, the state wrestling champions in each Division are presented with a trophy bearing the name of Brother Melchior.
Now, Holy Cross is taking a steep step to recognize its rich heritage in the sport with the construction of the Wall of Champions at the Gentilly school to celebrate the 238 individual state wrestling titles earned by its wrestlers in the history of the program.
Holy Cross will hold a Wall of Champions Dinner this Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Holy Cross Student Center. Tickets are $100 per person.
Head Coach Eric DesOrmeaux, who graduated from Holy Cross in 1995, said it is a labor of love.
“This is something we have been working for a long time,” DeSormeaux said. “We realized recently that we have the most individual state titlists in the nation and felt we should do something. Our alumni director recently created an athletic Hall of Fame and we wanted to piggy-back on that. This will be a tribute to the great success. We have alumni coming in from everywhere to be here for this celebration. We really want our current wrestlers to meet the greats of the past. Harold Brent, Class of ’58, won the 145-pound state championship that year. He is coming to practice Friday and will do 100 push-ups to show our guys about conditioning.”
For more information, contact DesOrmeaux at [email protected] or call (504) 942-3100.