2011-12 Season Newspaper Articles

St. Paul’s wins fourth consecutive District Duals

Wolves’ Arms and Campo remain unbeaten on the season

By Mike Pervel
St. Tammany News
Published on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:09 AM CST

St. Paul’s Chris Arms is in action competing against Mandeville’s Frankie Arena. Arms posted a 4-0 record in the District Duals and stands at 39-0 on the season. (Photos by Keren Davis) St. Paul’s Connor Campo has control of Fontainebleau’s Noah Greer during the District Duals. Campo registered a 4-0 mark and remains unbeaten at 39-0. (Photo by Keren Davis) St. Paul’s James Cavaliere works a move against MHS’ Collin Lockfield during Saturday’s competition. (Photo by Keren Davis)

The St. Paul’s Wolves continued their domination Saturday capturing their fourth consecutive District Duals crown, which was hosted by Covington High. The Wolves have taken the title in each of the four years since wrestling was established as a district sport.

St. Paul’s coach Craig Ketelsen said his wrestlers did an exceptional job defending their district title.

“I was pleased with our overall effort and intensity. It was a full team victory with 20 of our wrestlers competing in the 14-weight classes at some point during the dual meet,” Ketelsen said.

Ketelsen said the Wolves’ wrestling program has worked hard over the years to become a consistent, competitive bunch.

“I think it is a testament to the quality and commitment of our wrestling program. We continue to receive excellent support from the school and other sports, especially football,” Ketelsen added.

Ketelsen talked about the level of competition at this year’s District Duals.

“I was impressed with Mandeville’s talent level and Northshore’s depth.

Covington did a great job hosting the District Duals and it was a good competition,” Ketelsen said.

Next year’s District Duals will be hosted by the Fontainebleau Bulldogs.

St. Paul’s senior Chris Arms, competing at 170-pounds and junior Connor Campo (126-pounds) won their respective weight classes taking all four of their matches to remain unbeaten on the season at 39-0.

Arms, a Wolves’ team captain, who recorded four pins, said he was proud that his team was able to defend its district title.

“Every win is a good feeling. I always give it my best every time out on the mat. I just go out there and wrestle my best,” Arms said.

Arms talked about continuing his unbeaten streak.

“There was definitely some added pressure earlier in the season being undefeated. But at this point, I don’t think about the undefeated record anymore. I just go out and wrestle my match. Our team did well and we are happy with our performance,” Arms added.

Campo, who posted three first-round pins and won by a forfeit, said it’s all about remaining focused.

“There is a lot of pressure when you enter matches undefeated. You obviously don’t want to lose,” Campo said.

“We were pretty confident entering the meet. We wanted to prove to everyone how good we are as a team. Some of our Northshore matches didn’t go the way we wanted them to, but we were able to stay focused and win it,” Campo added.

Senior James Cavaliere wrestling at 160 also went undefeated winning his four matches to up his season mark to 31-4.

Dual Meet Results