Two of the most prestigious wrestling programs in Ohio will
compete in a dual meet Saturday afternoon at Cincinnati Moeller at 3 p.m. St. Paris Graham, ranked No. 1 nationally by Amateur Wrestling
News, had seven champions last weekend en route to winning the Top Gun Invitational in
Alliance. Moeller won
the 47th annual Catholic Invitational Tournament last weekend at
Two of the most prestigious wrestling programs in the state will compete in a dual meet Saturday afternoon at Cincinnati Moeller.
St. Paris Graham, ranked No. 1 nationally by Amateur Wrestling News, will visit Moeller starting at 3 p.m. The junior varsity match starts at 1 p.m.
Graham, which has won the past seven Division II state titles, had seven champions en route to winning the Top Gun Invitational in Alliance last weekend.
Moeller, which was Division I state runner-up last season, won the 47th annual Catholic Invitational Tournament last weekend at Cincinnati Elder.
“Moeller always has a great squad and we always look
forward to the competition,” Graham coach Jeff Jordan said. “We have been fortunate to in the past to
come out ahead. We always have to be ready to go when we
wrestle Moeller. They are extremely well-coached and they always come
ready to wrestle.”
Moeller had four champions at the CIT, including Jacob Corrill (103), Pierce Harger (125), Eric Gobin (152) and Ross Quehl (189).
Harger, a sophomore, was named the most outstanding wrestler of the tournament.
“Harger is looking great,” Amateur Wrestling News high school columnist/ranker Bob Preusse said. “…He will get another good test against Graham’s Tucker Armstrong (a Top Gun champ).”
Moeller coach Jeff Gaier told the Cincinnati Enquirer he was pleased with the Crusaders’ performance at the CIT – especially because Moeller won several close matches.
For Moeller, it was the school’s fourth consecutive CIT win after it finished second in 2004.
However, this weekend, Moeller will need a strong effort in order to rattle the nation’s top-ranked team on Saturday afternoon.
“We are looking forward to the Graham match on Saturday,” Gaier told the Enquirer. “We will need to win some close matches to make it a competitive match.”
Preusse believes Moeller has few opportunities at winning individual matches, but expects Moeller will put up a strong effort.
“Moeller wrestled Lakewood St. Ed’s close at state duals (in Wadsworth earlier in the month), but St. Paris Graham is on another planet right now,” Preusse said.
“I have been very happy with the performance and
attitude of the team at this point,” Jordan said. “We wrestle an extremely tough
schedule and the boys have answered the bell.”
ELDER HOSTING DUALS
Also in Cincinnati this weekend, Elder will be the host to several dual matches beginning Saturday morning. Harrison competes against Elder, while Mason faces Cincinnati St. Xavier. Mason will also compete against Elder. Harrison also competes against St. Xavier.
Host Mason won the fourth annual James Horning Memorial Invitational last weekend. Elder was second at the CIT as junior Orlando Scales (215) won an individual title.
St. Xavier took third and had two champions with Jake Farber (112) and John Gallagher (135).