State champion wrestlers Jacob and Evan Frost head to Iowa for senior years

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Jacob and Evan Frost

The 2021-2022 wrestling season in Louisiana will be missing two familiar faces. The Holy Cross Tigers twins who have dominated Louisiana competition for the past three years are headed out of state.

Jacob and Evan Frost, who have each won three individual state titles, will finish high school in Iowa.

“We decided we should go up there to take advantage of the opportunity.” Jacob said. “It was not an easy decision leaving our hometown and school, but we thought it would help us reach our goals.”

The move to Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, about 50 minutes from Big 12 conference school Iowa State, will provide greater recruiting exposure in the Midwest. The Maroons have not won a team state championship since 1991 but the Frost brothers will look to give their new team a better chance.

“We were thinking about going up to Iowa and we wanted to continue with a catholic school.” Jacob said.

Furthermore, the twins are not the only Tigers on the move. Former Holy Cross assistant coach Ryak Finch will also shift to Dowling Catholic to become the next head coach. Finch, an Arizona native who won three individual state titles and earned a runner-up finish his freshman year, compiled an overall high school record of 208 wins and just two losses.

The success for Finch did not end as he spent three years at Iowa State and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Finch then transferred to NAIA school Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. Finch immediately started for the Vikings and won back-to-back national titles individually as well as helping grand View capture two team national championships.

Finch and the Frost brothers have developed a close relationship over the years together.

“Our relationship is very good.” Jacob said. “I think that in order for a wrestler to really get better he has to have a good relationship with the coach.”

NCAA Division I schools are watching the twins because of their past tournament finishes. Jacob and Evan were the first wrestlers from the state of Louisiana to place at the prestigious Super 32 tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jacob finished fourth and Evan finished eighth against the best in the nation.

College coaches follow this particular tournament closely. For example, four-time NCAA champion Cael Sanderson, now head coach for Penn State, has won eight national championships since 2011. Sanderson has been on the record various times discussing potential prospects to recruit from the Super 32 tournament.

The Frost brothers will be noticed more with the perceived upgrade in level of competition and the overall level of visibility on the recruiting scene.

The last wrestler who won three individual titles in Louisiana and one in Iowa was Josh Ramirez, a former Archbishop Rummel standout.

“We are hoping they will see that Evan and I are willing to work and are hoping to bring a national title to whatever college we choose to go to.” Jacob said.

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Joshua Tapia

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Joshua attended Brother Martin High School while competing in football, wrestling, and track and field. During his athletic career with the Crusaders, he was part of three consecutive team state championships in wrestling under Robert Dauterive. Josh continued wrestling on the college level at Briar Cliff University. After graduating in 2018, he…

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