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Wrestling Finishes 1st at Glenn Sample Classic

December 17, 2012
Cincinnati Moeller High School

From Kevin Goheen, Cincinnati Enquirer


Moeller didn't start the final day of the Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Glenn Sample Classic in first place but the Crusaders landed in familiar territory when things wrapped up Sunday afternoon at Harrison High School.

Moeller had 10 of its 14 wrestlers place in top eight of their weight classes, including junior Chalmer Frueauf's win in the 220-pound championship, to score 232 points and capture its eighth overall team title in the last nine years. Loveland finished second with 190.5 points, leap-frogging past first-day leader Fairfield, which placed third with 150. Mason was fourth with 144 points.

Ross won the Division II-III title with 133 points, placing fifth overall. Senior Joseph Jones was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler after pinning Fairfield senior Adam Sams with 19 seconds remaining to win the 145-pound class. Jones went 5-0 against all Division I competitors to win his second consecutive Glenn Sample title. He won the 138-pound class last year.

"It means a lot to win this (tournament) two times," said Jones. "(Sams) is tough. He beat me last year at Fairfield. It was a split-second thing and you have to take every opportunity you get."

Jones was one of four second-time winners at the tournament. Simon Kenton senior Kevin Cooper won the 152-pound title after winning at 145 last year. Beavercreek senior Nick Corba (152 in 2010) defeated Moeller's Dakota Sizemore 3-2 to win the 170-pound title and deny Sizemore a second straight championship. Loveland junior Gunner Lay won his second straight 182-pound title, beating Moeller's Quinton Rosser 5-4 in the final.

Frueauf won all five of his matches by pin in his first action of the season. A two-time fourth-place finisher at the Division I state tournament, Frueauf was a starting defensive lineman on the Crusaders' state championship football team. He is one of six members of Moeller's starting lineup that played in the state final two weeks ago against Toledo Whitmer.

"I came in just hoping to make it through a match," said Frueauf. "I was dead all week after doing matches with people in the room."

Moeller trailed Fairfield by 1.5 points after Day 1 of the tournament and both teams had seven wrestlers in the championship semifinals. Moeller took a commanding lead by going 5-2 in those matches while Sams was the only Fairfield wrestler to reach a final.

"This gives us bragging rights and it will be important for seeding with the dual state meet tournament coming up," said Moeller coach Jeff Gaier. "We're not where we need to be but we wrestled quite well today. Like most teams, we're not 100 percent yet. The goal is to be where you need to be at the end of January."

Loveland and Fairfield each had eight placers. Loveland, ranked No. 2 in the Enquirer's Division I coaches' poll behind Moeller, had six wrestlers in the finals or consolation finals. Junior James Caniglia finished in third place at 160 pounds, avenging a loss in Saturday's quarterfinals to Moeller's Dean Meyer in the process. Caniglia had lost to Meyer 8-5 Saturday but won the rematch on Sunday with a pin 18 seconds into the second period. 

"Some of our guys had fluke matches and did wrestle their best (Saturday)," said Lay. "For James to lose his quarterfinal match and come back and get third against the same kid pulled out a really clutch win."

Simon Kenton was the top team from Northern Kentucky, placing sixth with 127.5 points. It was short of the top-four goal that coach Nate Gilbert had for the Pioneers but had five placers and they were the only team that had with multiple champions. Cooper was joined at the top of the podium by 126-pound champion Joey Parrott.

"I think we wrestled decent overall but we saw things we have to work on as a team," said Gilbert. "It's good to know about our champions. When we get to the state tournament that's where most of your points are going to be scored."

Ryle had 82 points, while Walton-Verona's 70.5 points were good for second place in the small school division behind Ross.

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