Moeller Extends GCL Wrestling Streak To 13 Years

02/24/2015

Posted on 2/23/2015 at 2:25 p.m.

Moeller and Elder each had four wrestlers win their respective weight classes and four more finish in second place but, in the end, it was the Crusaders that edged the Panthers, 254.5 to 240.5, in team points in the GCL Varsity Wrestling Championships held Sunday at St. Xavier High School.  The GCL title was No. 13 in a row for Moeller, but was the first under new coach James Yonushonis, who was named GCL South Coach of the Year by his peers.

St. Xavier senior Cole Jones, who won the 220-pound weight class, was named GCL South Wrestler of the Year.

Moeller – which entered the season ranked preseason No. 1 in The Enquirer’s coaches’ poll, had four wrestlers win their weight class – Conner Ziegler at 120 pounds, Jacoby Ward at 138, Brett Bryant at 170, and Joseph Hensley at 285.  Four other Crusaders finished second:  Mitchell Moore at 106, Trevor Hankins at 152, The-Moor Kelly at 195, and Jack Meyer at 220.  Moeller also had two wrestlers finish third and fourth in their weight classes to help the Crusaders continue their championship run that began back in 1992-93.

St. Xavier is the last school besides Moeller to win the GCL South crown, in 1991-92.

Elder came close to unseating Moeller, thanks to the performance by five champions and four second-place finishers.  Winning titles for Elder were Chucky Lipps at 106, Austin Murphy at 113, Robby Oswald at 152, Ti’Ric Evans at 160, and Gage Brock at 195.  The Panthers also had four wrestlers finish second – Jake Meridieth at 126, Connor Craig at 145, Andrew Taylor at 170, and Mark Adams at 182.  Sam Williams was Elder’s lone fourth-place finisher, at 138.

Led by Jones, St. Xavier finished third in the final team standings – racking up 157.0 points.  The Bombers had two second-place finishers in Sam Krider (113) and Dan McHale (285).  La Salle was fourth, with a team score of 117.5.  The Lancers got victories from a pair of talented underclassmen in sophomores Corey Shie, who won at 132, and Andrew Sims, who took the crown at 145.  Shie won the district title and was fifth at state at 120 as a freshman last year, while Sims was eighth at state at 126.  The Lancers got second-place finishes from Eric Beck (138) and Blake Wilson (150).       

Moeller will attempt to win its seventh consecutive district title this week, when the Crusaders wrestle in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I Lebanon / Hamilton Sectional at Lebanon High School.  La Salle will join Moeller at Lebanon, where first-round matches are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Friday.  Elder and St. Xavier will compete in the Hamilton Sectional, to be held at the same times at Hamilton High School.   The OHSAA Southwest District Tournament is set for March 6-7 at Trent Arena in Kettering.