Jan 10, 2014 11:33 PM by Erin Steuber
A high school wrestling tournament is taking on a whole new meaning, and a new name. It's all to honor former Carencro wrestling coach, and Lafayette Sheriff's Lieutenant, Greg Lavergne who died almost one year ago, after collapsing during practice at Carencro High School. Lavergne was a wrestler at Carencro High, and after graduating in 1982, volunteered to help coach at the school. Something he did right up until the day he died.
Friday is the first night of the Lafayette Parish Dual Wrestling Tournament. It's being held at Carencro High School in the very place where the team lost one of their own, Coach Greg Lavergne.
"We miss him, and everyone should have people in their programs like him," said Athletic Director Kenny Gennuso.
But the tournament became a celebration of his life, and accomplishments.
"Greg Lavergne was invaluable. He's one of those guys that volunteered for thirty years. We saw part of his legacy standing on the mat. He just helped so many kids," said Gennuso.
Lavergne's entire family was there as they announced the tournament will now be dedicated to him, the Greg Lavergne Parish Wrestling Tournament. His initials will also be permanently placed on the wrestling mat.
"It's what he enjoyed. This was his thing. He loved to coach, and he loved to give back to the community. This was definitely the community giving back to him," said his wife Lorie Lavergne.
Lavergne's picture, from his wrestling days, will forever hang on the walls of the Carecro gym.
"If you have a given talent, or a skill, pay it forward in life. Always give, and give it freely. Don't expect anything in return because that's what we're called to do. That's what he did. He always gave and never asked for anything in return," said Lorie.
"Greg was the kind of guy that asked for absolutely zero. He didn't want limelight. All he wanted to do was help kids, and make them better people, better wrestlers, better human beings. Mission accomplished," said Gennuso.