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Interscholastic League Championships
Varsity Wrestling Tournament
Benjamin Franklin High School
Preliminaries & Quarters - Tuesday, April 14, 1931
Semis - Thursday, March 16, 1931
Finals - Monday, April 20, 1931
Preliminaries in Scholastic Mat Tourney Slated Today
Democrat and Chronicle,
Tuesday, April 14, 1931
Full Text: Copyright
© 1931 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Reproduced with the permission of Gannett Company Inc.
About 60 wrestlers are expect to vie for eight city interscholastic mat
championships in a three-day tournament at Benjamin Franklin High School,
starting this afternoon. The preliminary matches, weighing-in, and registration
details are scheduled to begin at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Men from East, West,
Tech, Monroe, Franklin, and Charlotte highs are expected to vie for the
Tech High, undefeated in the interscholastic league this year and winner of the
most individual crowns last season, is out to repeat. Frank Reddy, 160-pound
champion, Jerry DePrez, 175-pound titleholder, and Frank Spronza, 147-pound
star, will lead the attack of Coach Hobart Hoff's Shopmen.
De Prez Brothers Even
Reddy and De Prez probably will get plenty of opposition in the defense of their
crowns. Jerry will have to eliminate his brother, Gene, of West High, for the
175-pound championship. Jerry won over his younger brother last year in the
finals and beat him twice in dual matches, but Gene has shown a big improvement
in strength and finesse this year. Gene defeated Jerry in the last Tech-West
contest and hopes to gain the title this year.
Claude Wright of Coach "Pete" McKay's East High outfit, newcomer to the
wrestling sport this season, is expected to furnish Reddy with most of his
opposition. Joe Caccamise, who lost out in the finals of the 118-pound division
last year, is favored to gain the supremacy, with Sam Polis, winner of the city
amateur title last week, selected to give him the most trouble.
A merry battle is looked for in the 126-pound class with De Francisco of Monroe,
Bob Ruppenthal of Franklin and Sam Russo of Franklin, victor in the amateurs, as
the outstanding men. Chuck Geyer of Franklin, and Thomas Polis of Tech, another
amateur titleholder, look best in the 135-pound class.
The semi-finals are slated for tomorrow with the finals Friday afternoon.
Matches will be conducted simultaneously on two mats.