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Frueauf, Sizemore take titles for Moeller

March 3, 2013
Cincinnati Moeller High School

By Scott Springer, Cincinnati Enquirer

KENWOOD — Unlike most schools, it takes more than one vehicle to transport Moeller High School’s state qualifying wrestlers to Columbus each year.

Their high has been 11, seven advanced last year and this meet featured nine of the “Mighty Men” wrestling in the Schottenstein Center.

Four Crusaders came to Columbus as district champions: Sophomore Conner Ziegler at 113 pounds, senior Andrew Mendel at 132, junior Jerry Thornberry at 195 and junior Chalmer Frueauf at 220. Also getting the chance to head north were freshman Jacoby Ward at 120, sophomore Connor Borton at 126, senior Wyatt Wilson at 152, junior Dakota Sizemore at 160 and junior Quinton Rosser at 182.

“We definitely have a good mix,” Gaier said.

It’s tough to predict the outcome of a competition featuring the best of the best, but Gaier felt heading into March that 220-pound Chalmer Frueauf had the best path to a state crown. As a freshman and sophomore, Frueauf took fourth place.

“He’s been dominant this year,” Gaier said.

Coming into the Columbus 32-1, Frueauf lived up to his billing. The one known as “Baby Fruey” dispatched opponents from Shaker Heights, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Painesville Riverside and Maple Heights to bring home the hardware. Frueauf won his final over Devin Revels 12-3.

Moeller’s first title of the night came earlier courtesy of 160-pounder Dakota Sizemore. He defeated opponents from Amherst Steele, Massillon Perry, Oregon Clay and Brecksville-Broadview Heights’ Quinton Hiles 9-3.

Quinton Rosser was in the 182-pound weight class with his friend from Loveland, Gunner Lay. The two competitors went to overtime in the semifinals with Rosser prevailing 11-9.

“He has a style where all of his matches are close,” Gaier said. “He’s such a hard worker and he’s in great shape.”

In his title match, Rosser lost to three-time state champion Domenic Abounader of Lakewood St. Edward 13-6 to take second.

The key to Moeller’s success has often been related less to physical technique and more toward mental capacity.

“A lot of good kids don’t reach their potential because they get a little too worked up over this week,” Gaier said. “The goal is get their minds right and get them relaxed to where they’re not over-analyzing things.”

At 113 pounds, sophomore Conner Ziegler was in a competitive bracket, but was back for a second year as a state qualifier. Ziegler took sixth place.

At 132 pounds, senior Andrew Mendel was also a sixth-place contestant in his final trip to Columbus.

At 120 pounds, freshman Jacoby Ward took eighth place in his first varsity year, just as his older brother, Joey, did in 2009 (then for Goshen). Junior Jerry Thornberry also had an eighth-place finish at 195 on the podium.

“He didn’t make it last year and I think that was a good motivator for him,” Gaier said.

In the end, the spectacle of the state wrestling meet never gets old to Gaier, despite multiple trips for all of the pomp and circumstance.

“It’s the best time of the year,” he said. “It’s a reward for the kids and their hard work.”


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