Wrestling
 
 
EventDateTimeLocationResult
Wrestling: Parent Meeting8/18/20166:00 PMHuddle 
Wrestling: Parent Meeting8/23/20166:00 PMHuddle 
Wrestling "Wall of Champions" Dinner SET-UP10/21/20165:30 PMWrestling Room 
Wrestling: Dinner of Champions10/22/20166:00 AMHoly Cross Student Center 
Wrestling "Wall of Champions" Dinner10/22/20166:00 PMWrestling Room 
Wrestling Team Pictures10/26/20162:30 PMArena 
Wrestling Inter Squad "Blue & Gold Dual" @ Holy Cross10/26/20166:00 PMArena 
Wrestling K - 7th Bayou Elite @ Holy Cross "Battle for the Belt"11/5/20169:00 AM 1st Place
Wrestling K - 7th Bayou Elite @ Holy Cross "Battle for the Belt"11/5/20169:00 AM 1st Place
Wrestling Junior High 8th & 9th Grade @ Holy Cross "Battle for the Belt"11/5/20169:00 AM 1st Place
Wrestling Varsity @ Archbishop Rummel High School "Rummel Invitational" 11/5/20169:00 AM  
Wrestling Varsity @ Jesuit High School "Blue Jay Open"11/12/20169:00 AM 1st Place
Wrestling Junior High/Middle School Wrestlers @ Brother Martin "BM JH"11/12/20169:00 AM Cancelled
Wrestling Varsity @ Brusly High School "Brusly 8"11/12/20169:00 AM 3rd Place
Wrestling Junior Varsity @ Brother Martin High School "B.M. JV Open"11/12/20165:00 PM Cancelled
Wrestling District Dual @ Archbishop Rummel "Holy Cross vs. Rummel"11/16/20166:00 PM HC 69 RUM 12
Wrestling Junior High/Middle School Wrestlers @ Rummel "Rummel Open"11/19/20169:00 AM Cancelled
Wrestling District Dual Meet @ Archbishop Shaw "Holy Cross vs. Shaw"11/30/20166:00 PM HC 72 SHAW 6
Wrestling Dual Meet @ Chalmette High School "Holy Cross @ Chalmette"11/30/20166:00 PMChalmette High School HC 50 Chal 27
Wrestling Varsity @ Santa Rosa Beach Florida "South Walton Border Wars"12/2/20166:00 PM 1st Place
Wrestling Varsity @ Archbishop Shaw "Rauch Memorial Duals"12/3/20169:00 AM 3rd Place
Wrestling Varsity @ Santa Rosa Beach Florida "South Walton Border Wars"12/3/20169:00 AM 1st Place
Wrestling Junior High/Middle School Wrestlers @ Jesuit "Jesuit JH"12/3/20169:00 AM Cancelled
Wrestling Varsity Tri Meet @ Holy Cross "Holy Cross vs. St. Paul vs. John Curtis"12/7/20165:30 PMStudent CenterHC 63 STP 8, HC73 JC 6
Wrestling Varsity @ Thomas Jefferson High School "Jefferson Open"12/10/20169:00 AM  
Varsity Wrestling: Las Vegas Holiday Classic 12/16/20169:00 AMLas vegas Convention Center 
Wrestling TBA12/16/20169:00 AM  
Varsity Wrestling: Las Vegas Holiday Classic12/17/20169:00 AMLas Vegas Convention Center 
Wrestling Varsity @ Baton Rouge River Center "Deep South Bayou Duals"12/29/20169:00 AM  
Wrestling Varsity @ Baton Rouge River Center "Deep South Bayou Duals"12/30/20169:00 AM  
Wrestling Junior High @ Archbishop Shaw "Junior High District Duals"1/7/20179:00 AM  
Wrestling Varsity @ Baton Rouge Community College "Louisiana Classic"1/13/20172:30 PM  
Wrestling Varsity @ Baton Rouge Community College "Louisiana Classic"1/14/20179:00 AM  
Wrestling Varsity @ Live Oak 'Live Oak Duals"1/20/20179:00 AM  
Wrestling Varsity @ Comeaux High School "Ken Cole Invitational"1/20/20172:30 PM  
Junior High 7th - 9th Wrestling: BMJH1/21/20179:00 AMBrother Martin 
Wrestling Varsity @ Comeaux High School "Ken Cole Invitational"1/21/20179:00 AM  
Pep Rally honoring Basketball, Wrestling and Soccer Teams1/23/20171:50 PMStudent Center 
Wrestling District Dual @ Holy Cross "Holy Cross vs. Brother Martin"1/25/20176:00 PM  
Wrestling Junior High 8th & 9th @ Holy Cross "Battle for the Belt Part 3"1/28/20179:00 AM  
Wrestling K-7th Bayou Elite @ Holy Cross "Battle for the Belt Part 3"1/28/20179:00 AM  
Junior Varsity Wrestling: Rummel Invitational1/28/20179:00 AMArchbishop Rummel 
Wrestling District Dual @ Holy Cross "Holy Cross vs. Jesuit"2/1/20176:00 PM  
Wrestling Varsity @ Shreveport "LHSAA State Meet"2/10/20179:00 AM  
Wrestling Varsity @ Shreveport "LHSAA State Meet"2/11/20179:00 AM  
Wrestling Trophy Presentation and Bell Ringing2/16/20179:20 AMBell/Gazibo 
Bayou Elite Wrestling Parent Meeting K-8th2/16/20176:00 PMStudent Center-Huddle 
Wrestling Junior High @ Brother Martin "Junior High State"2/18/20179:00 AM  
Set- up for USA Wrestling Folkstyle Tournament 3/10/20176:00 PMStudent Center 
USA Wrestling Folkstyle Tournament3/11/20177:00 AMStudent Center 
Wrestling: Free Style (Event Time TBD)5/13/201712:00 AMGreco State 
Eric DesOrmeaux 95’, Dean of Men 8-12, Head Wrestling Coach
Hometown: Meraux, Louisiana
Mr. DesOrmeaux not only fills the difficult role of Dean of Men, but also must fill the rather large shoes of Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee, Brother Melchior Polowy, as the Head Coach of the Tiger wrestling program. He has been in education for the past 16 years and enters his 10th year as an integral part of the Holy Cross Administration. He is a graduate of Holy Cross School, where he received the Holy Cross Man Award, the Tiger Award, and the Catholic Leadership Award. Following his time at 4950 Dauphine, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education (Social Studies) from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Education from the University of New Orleans. Coach DesOrmeaux also enters his 10th year as the head coach of the famed Holy Cross wrestling program. Mr. DesOrmeaux was named Metro Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2009 as well as Louisiana Wrestling Coach of the Year 2009. He was recently named NWCA Wrestling Coach of the year for Louisiana after winning the 2013 State Division II State Championship.
Dylan Azinger, Varsity Coach
Hometown: DeWitt, Iowa
Coach Azinger is entering his second year teaching at Holy Cross School. Coach Azinger was a 4 time national qualifier and 2 time all American at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He comes to HC from The University of Central Missouri where he worked as an assistant wrestling coach.
Landon Williams, Varsity Coach
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
In high school Williams wrestled for Davenport Assumption high school in Iowa. During his time there he was a 3 time Iowa high school state place winner capping off his time at Assumption with a 47-0 senior season finishing 1st in the state at 160 pounds. Williams also was a two time caption for his high school team. During his wrestling career at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, Coach Williams was a 3 time all American and 2 time NCAA DIII National Champion. Ending with a record of 135-15 Williams helped lead his team to 4 Iowa conference championships, 4 NWCA National dual championships, and helped the Wartburg wrestling team make history being the only team to win 4 straight NCAA division 3 National team championships. Coach Williams was a caption of his college team both his junior and senior year. During Coach Williams’s free time he is very passionate about running the Bayou Elite Wrestling club, where he provides a premier wrestling club in the New Orleans and Louisiana area. His mission he teaches to his Kindergarten- 12th grade athletes is to grow as an individual in all aspect of life, and to live a championship lifestyle on and off the mat.
Stephen Kleamenakis ’11, Varsity & Middle School Coach
Hometown: Kenner, Louisiana
Captain and four year letterman in football and wrestling at Holy Cross. 2X All District football player and 2X All Metro Wrestler with a high school record of 152-15. Coach Steven was a four time placer, 2009 finalist, 2010 and 2011 Louisiana State Champion. Coach Steven attended Wartburg College and graduated in 2015. While at Wartburg Stephen was a member of the 12, 13, 14 National Championship teams.
Richard Dixon, Head Junior High and Assistant Varsity Coach
Richie Dixon will begin his sixth year as a full time coach at Holy Cross School. Richie is a 2005 Brother Martin graduate and three time state champion. He was the 1999 LHSAA 125 lb. State Champion, 2000 LHSAA 130 lb. State Champion, 2001 LHSAA 130 lb. State Champion, 2001 Most Victories; 132 career high school victories, Nokia Sugar Bowl athlete of the month February 2001, National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dave Shultz High School Excellence Award State of Louisiana, 2004 NJCAA Region XIII 141 lbs third place finish, 2005 NJCAA Region XIII 141 lb. third place finish, 2005 NJCAA All-American 8th place finish.
Clay Kreiling, Middle School Coach
Hometown: Versailles, Missouri
Coach Clay is in his second year of coaching the middle school team at Holy Cross. He was a 1999 graduate of Versailles High School where he was a varsity letterman in wrestling and track. After 8 years of military service, he moved to New Orleans to complete his undergraduate work at the University of New Orleans and his graduate work at Tulane University. Coach Clay is also a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Rob Kahn with multiple tournament championships to his name.
Steven Rando, Middle School Coach
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Coach Rando was a graduate of Rummel High School 1986. While in high school he was a three sport varsity letterman in Football, Wrestling, and Track. Coach Rando was an all-metro pole vaulter and Track team captain in his senior year. Father of junior captain and state champion Jake Rando, Coach Rando holds a Bronze level USA wrestling certification and has been involved in coaching youth wrestling for many years.
Jorge Lauriano , Middle School Coach
Hometown: Luling, Louisiana
A Riverdale High School graduate class of 1982, Coach Lauriano was 3rd in State in 1982. He is in his 1st year of coaching at Holy Cross. Coach Lauriano is the father of middle school wrestler Dylan Lauriano who is entering his 3rd year at Holy Cross.
Rich Clementi, Middle School Coach
Hometown: East Brunswick, New Jersey
Coach Rich wrestled for East Brunswick High School in New Jersey before joining the military. He then spent 11 years in the UFC competing in more than 80 professional mixed martial arts fights. Founder of the Gladiator Wrestling Club, he brings 25 years of grappling experience to the mat.

Louisiana Interscholastic State Champions: 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968

Louisiana Division I State Champions: 1983, 1988

Louisiana Division II State Champions: 2009

Louisiana Division III State Champions: 2011

Louisiana Division II State Champions: 2013

Individual State Champions (238) Individual State Runner-Ups (201)

Full State Champion List

Brother Melchior Polowy, CSC: 1911-1997

(From Bill Bofinger's Book "Ready....Wrestle")

Brother Melchior Polowy, a long time Holy Cross High School faculty member and wrestling coach, dies in November of 1997 from pneumonia at Dujane House in Notre Dame, Indiana. He was 86 years old. His death marked the ending of an era for Brother Melchior, who spent more than 50 years of his life at Holy Cross, from 1939 to 1942 and from 1943 to 1996. He taught religion, English, German and physical education, but he is best remembered as the wrestling coach for the all-boys school for almost 30 years.

Brother Melchior was born in Chicago and was a baker by trade. During his mid-twenties he entered the religious life to become a Jesuit Brother. After a leave of absence because of a family illness in 1938, he returned and chose to enter the Community of the Holy Cross at St. Joseph's Novitiate in Rolling Prairie, Indiana. He took his vows in 1939.

Brother Melchior and William B. Schriever of the New Orleans Athletic Club (NOAC) almost single-handedly put high school wrestling on the map in Louisiana. Together they organized the first Interscholastic Wrestling championships that were held at the NOAC in 1945. Brother Melchior was the chairman of the Louisiana Interscholastic Wrestling Committee. "He was truly a legend in this area and the father of wrestling in the state of Louisiana," Holy Cross principal Terry McGaha said.

Brother Melchior's Holy Cross wrestling teams won 22 state championships from 1945 to 1968, failing to win only when they did not enter a team in 1951 due to Brother Melchior being ill. He was recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, honored by the Louisiana Coaches Association, and inducted into the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame. His picture hangs in the Louisiana Superdome. "Everybody in every high school knew who he was, whether you went to Holy Cross, or Holy Angels, Mount Carmel or Jesuit," said David Tibbetts, a New Orleans firefighter who graduated from Holy Cross in 1973 and wrestled on Brother Melchior's teams for four years.

Brother Melchior retired from coaching in 1971 and relinquished his direct work with students in 1987. But he remained at Holy Cross until January of 1986 when illness forced him to move into the Brothers' infirmary in Indiana.

Brother Melchior was an imposing physical presence in his younger days. Even in his silence there was a certain amount of intimidation. And when he spoke you knew he meant business. Yet he had a sense of humor that was often corny - the students would laugh at his jokes whether they were funny or not.

In his later years Brother Melchior was still a memorable presence. He roamed the Holy Cross campus at the edge of the Mississippi River in the Lower 9th Ward in a golf cart with his beloved German shepherds. You could see him riding around with his dogs like a security guard and sometimes he'd have a student or two with him - you could see they considered this an honor.

In spite of his rugged, mountain-man look, he was truly a gentleman and a good role model. not too many years ago about 75 former wrestlers honored him. On a cold and foggy night he entered the cafeteria with the Holy Cross Alma Mater playing in the background. He greeted each man with remembrance and a broad smile, then he gave the most eloquent inspirational speech on the values of loyalty, commitment and dedication. He loved the word "dedication," perhaps because he was a truly dedicated man.

Brother Melchior was caring, as evidenced by his compassion for animals, especially his German shepherds. He had endless gratitude to the alumni who had given him Ludwig, Gretchen and Lisle to him with utmost respect and trust.

During the last four years of his life Brother Melchior faced imminent death on five occasions. When given the choice to fight for his life no matter what the odds, he emphatically responded, "I want to live." He felt that God's work for him on earth could be done if he lived. Even in his 86th year he experienced the value of his precious life not only for himself, but moreover for others through his presence and his prayers.

Brother Melchior was a role model for young men; he was a man of wit and humor; he was eloquent and, although he was a man of few words, he possessed great wisdom which was only superceded by his self discipline. He was a man who perceived everything and almost never judged others...at least not verbally.

As a great man among men, Brother Melchior was consummately religious. His devotion to God and to prayer and his dedication to the Holy Cross family was saintly in nature.

In the summer of 1998, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association voted to honor Brother Melchior for his dedication to the sport of wrestling. Starting in 1999, the Brother Melchior Trophy is given to the coach of the teams winning the state championships in Divisions I, II and III.

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Mission Statement

Holy Cross Wrestling will settle for nothing less than greatness. It is the overriding objective of this coaching staff to produce a Division I state power. To be consistently ranked in the top ten in the state, to produce Freestyle and Greco All Americans, and to be competitive with the best teams in the state in dual competitions. Holy Cross Wrestling will accomplish these objectives by attracting highly motivated wrestlers with like vision willing to pay the price required in fulfilling these objectives. To field a team of Christian wrestlers with a singleness of purpose totally committed to propelling Holy Cross School to the highest level of LHSAA wrestling, and making an impact on the community along the way.

Along with achieving the highest level of wrestling success we intend to develop Christ-centered leaders with a heart to impact the culture in which they live. The sport of wrestling will serve as our platform in developing men who understand their position as ambassadors, recognize their ministry as messengers of truth, and who are proactive in spreading the message of the Holy Cross Man through the sport of wrestling. A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make hard decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. In the end, leaders are much like Tigers... they don't group; you find them one at a time. To develop such leadership is the goal of Holy Cross Wrestling.

Philosophy

It is the ambition of Holy Cross Wrestling to produce champions on and off the mat. It is the belief of this coaching staff that the chief end of man is to bring honor and glory to his God, Family, and School. It is to this end that our program will strive. It will be our primary objective to mirror our beliefs in all that we say and do, knowing that we are committed to a higher purpose. To achieve a high level of success in any endeavor is to be totally committed to excellence. This will be attained if we care more than others think is wise. Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible...

Desire - Devotion - Dedication - Determination - Discipline

These are to be the basic tenets of the Holy Cross Wrestling philosophy. These are the essential ingredients required in developing a nationally ranked team. This program seeks highly talented athletes who possess a heart for God, commitment to family, and are willing to embrace these codes of belief as so required in the pursuit of excellence. It is upon this very philosophical framework that our program will be established. We expect every wrestler on this team to make wrestling a priority in union with his academics and spiritual life. We expect each wrestler to "count the cost"! To be willing to sacrifice the unimportant for the important, the short term for the long term. As a coaching staff, we are intent on making sure that each of our wrestlers succeeds in these priorities. Commitment will be the brand of this program. To be committed is to stand fast in the face of adversity when feelings pull one way but principle pulls the other. Ultimately, it is not by might, nor by power, but by spirit we will succeed. .. That is the Holy Cross Way.

Holy Cross School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its policies.