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Capital Gains Not Easy for the Crusaders

February 12, 2014
Cincinnati Moeller High School



by Scott Springer, Cincinnati Enquirer

Capital Gains Not Easy for the Crusaders

KENWOOD — Some of the better wrestling matches in the state of Ohio may take place off Montgomery Road at Moeller High School.

They’re called wrestle-offs.

The competitions are a byproduct of being on a team whose reserves might actually be better than starters at other schools.

For example, Dean Meyer is a four-time Greater Catholic League champion who won at 182 pounds last month. Unfortunately, his wrestling and football teammate, Dakota Sizemore, also competes at that weight and is the defending Ohio Division I champion.

Because of a wrestle-off, Dean Meyer is a substitute; albeit a valuable one to have in the holster.

“He got hurt during football and really didn’t cleared ‘til a week and a half ago,” Maier said. “He ended up losing his wrestle-off for the postseason. He’s filled in when Dakota Sizemore was injured.”

From 170 on, Moeller offers up state runner-up Quinton Rosser, state champions Sizemore and Chalmer Frueauf and seasoned veteran Jerry Thornberry. The talent from coach John Rodenberg’s football team often spills over in Gaier’s lap.

“We have a lot of depth, particularly in the upper weights,” Crusaders coach Jeff Gaier said. “It’s hard that some guys don’t get the opportunity because they’re pretty good.. Wrestle-offs determine who gets to go.”

Another Meyer will soon have an epic match on the Moeller mat just to have the right to pin someone in an opposing singlet.

“Right now heavyweight is Jack Meyer, Dean’s brother,” Gaier said. “There’s going to be another wrestle-off to determine who gets to go in the postseason. Joe Hensley has had the spot for most of the year.”

Going into the state team tournament in Columbus, Gaier was looking forward to having a healthy slate of Crusaders. Among those who have been injured are starters Jacoby Ward at 132 pounds and Austin Bohenek at 160.

They should bolster Moeller’s low- to mid-weights that feature Ward and Conner Ziegler (120) as state placers and Connor Borton (126) as a state qualifier. Freshman Drew Hobbs (138) is a junior high state placer and sophomore Jaelen Summerous has had a good season at 113 pounds.

Top to bottom, Moeller’s mat men have a variety of ways to defeat opponents as a team or individually.

“We’re inexperienced in the top two weights, but after that, we’ve got a lot of depth,” Gaier said. “Our strength is up top, but we have state guys at 126 and 132. We just haven’t had everybody in the lineup too often.”

At the state team event in St. John Arena, the Crusaders defeated Marysville, but fell in the semifinals to Brecksville-Broadview Heights. Winning semifinal matches for Moeller were Ward, Sizemore, Frueauf and Jack Meyer by forfeit. The Greater Catholic League-South Coach of the Year hopes the experience makes his squad hungry to return to Columbus for the state individual meet.

After the Feb. 21-22 district matches, the Crusaders will look for better luck with their qualifiers in the state capital during the Division I championships Feb. 27-March 1.

 

 


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