Wrestler focused on finals: State tourney losses serve as motivation in 2012-13

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Standing on a lower perch of the awards podium at the state wrestling finals last February, Center Grove’s Anthony Schoettle knew deep down he could have fared better.

An eighth-place medal, while an impressive accomplishment in its own right, will no doubt serve as inspiration for Schoettle this winter as he makes the jump from the 113-pound weight class to 120.

The senior who by season’s end could emerge as the Trojans’ all-time leader in wins, pins and takedowns seeks a more exhausting climb on the podium inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse this time around. The higher the better, with the ultimate objective being where state champions stand.

“I think 120 is more of a comfortable weight for me. I can eat what I want, go to practice and have fun. It’s more relaxing,” said Schoettle, who advanced to the final eight at 113 last season, only to lose three consecutive matches and finish with a 42-5 record. “It’s just about going out there and being relaxed.”

Schoettle has been a varsity mainstay since his freshman season for Center Grove coach Cale Hoover. It’s a career that, going into Thursday night’s season-opener at two-time defending team state champion Perry Meridian, has spawned far more success stories than disappointments.

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