BT Claims Catholic Duals Trophy
The Blessed Trinity varsity wrestling team has claimed the Catholic Duals Championship trophy after four long years. BT’s head wrestling coach, Richard Barden, started the Catholic Duals four years ago in an effort to build both community and competition between the four metro-Atlanta Catholic high schools: Marist School, Our Lady of Mercy, St. Pius X and Blessed Trinity. The Marist War Eagles won the tournament’s 1st annual event and continued to win the next three years.
“Most people think of this as just another dual competition,” said Coach Barden. “Our wrestlers do not think that way! We have really wanted that trophy back here at BT where it originated. When I planned out this year’s schedule, I knew we needed to peak at the right time to have a chance to win the Catholic Dual Championship and bring the trophy home In order to accomplish this, I made sure we wrestled some very tough competition early in the season to make sure we could win the tough matches.”
The plan paid off when the Titans avenged the last four years by beating Marist in the 1st match of the evening, 45 -24. They then went on to thump Our Lady of Mercy 66-12.
“The only team that stood in the way of winning the championship and the trophy was St. Pius X, our friendly arch rivals,” commented Barden. “To make sure there were no doubts, we defeated Pius 77-6.”
JV Takes It to the Mat
Blessed Trinity’s JV wrestling team entered the Woodland JV Tournament against many AAAA and AAAAA schools on January 6, expecting to gain experience and confidence, but not expecting to emerge victorious. However, the wrestlers stepped up to the mat and posted an unbelievable win streak through the brackets. The JV wrestlers entered the final matches 20 points down to the favored Woodland. The Titans placed 10 of 12 wrestlers and had 5 individual champions to pass Woodland in team points and win the championship.