Brother Melchior PolowyWrestling Coach, 1944-68
Holy Cross High School
Between the time he organized the first wrestling team at Holy Cross in 1944 and his retirement from coaching in 1968, Brother Melchior led the Tigers to a 23-1 record in state championship meets. His Holy Cross team met and defeated Newman in the first wrestling dual meet reported in Louisiana. The New Orleans Athletic Club sponsored the state’s first prep wrestling tournment and the Tigers won it, claiming their first state title. Except in 1951, when Holy Cross did not compete, and in 1968, when East Jefferson edged Holy Cross by two points, the Tigers never lost a state meet under his direction. Brother Melchior died in 1997. The state wrestling championship trophies in each division bear his name.
[Bio courtesy of the New Orleans High School Sports Hall of Fame, Ye Olde College Inn]