Bears in tough battle for third at Alabama's Hoover Invitational
January 9th, 2016| Written by: Editor



Catholic of Baton Rouge is in a tight race for third place honors after the first day of the Scott Rohrer Hoover Invitational, taking place this weekend at Hoover High School in Hoover, Alabama.  The Bears were in fifth place with 222 points after four of the five pool rounds were completed on Friday.  That total is only one point behind Oak Mountain and 10 points behind Central Phenix City, which is currently third.  Right behind Catholic is Arnold High School of Fort Walton Beach with 218 points.  Vestavia Hills, Alabama, the South Walton Border Wars champions and which placed third in the Trey Culotta, is leading with 286 points, followed by the host team from Hoover with 245 points.

Central Phenix and Arnold should be familiar to Louisiana fans who kept track of the Deep South Bayou Duals.  Central Phenix placed sixth in the championship bracket while Arnold placed 14th.

After the first four pool rounds Catholic's Daniel Gunn (126 lbs.), Davis Polito (138 lbs.), Andrew Messina (152 lbs.), James DeLee (220 lbs.) and K.J. Wilson (185 lbs.) were undefeated and should advance to Saturday's championship bracket.  Cameron Carpenter (120 lbs.), Brent Torres (145 lbs.) and Denver Denison (170 lbs.) are still eligible for the championship bracket after suffering only one loss apiece on Friday.

For those familiar with the Pickrens of Arnold (formerly of South Walton High School), freshman Ethan is the #1 seed at 106 lbs. and went 3-0 on Friday, while older brother William, a junior at 120 lbs., went 2-0 as the #2 seed.

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