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Michigan Top Prospect Goes Ivy

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Willie Saylor, Editor

 

Earlier this year, Carl Fronhofer took over the reins as Head Coach of the Columbia Lions. On Friday, he received his first verbal commitment from California’s Joey Moita (125, De La Salle)

And on Sunday, he nabbed his first Top Prospect.  

Alec Mooradian will matriculate to New York next fall. From the powerhouse program at Detroit Central Catholic, we dubbed Mooradian the #9 senior targer at 149lbs in our Top Prospect Report.

A three-time state champion, Mooradian enters his senior season with a career high school record of 162-1. He’s also a 3x Fila All American and a Fargo AA.

In what could portend to a sign of college readiness, Alec placed 6th at this year’s Fila JR Freestyle tournament in Ohio, in a bracket composed almost entirely of athletes already on college rosters.

He chose Columbia overNorthwestern, Penn, and Virginia.

Alec’s father Mike, says he’s comfortable with the choice. “Alec chose Columbia based on strong academics and a tough league in the EIWA. It’s a great combination. Alec and I liked the campus and the area a lot, and liked the energy level of the coaches.”

We also had a chance to talk to Alec about his decision.

 

WS: Why was Columbia the right place for you?

AM: Columbia was the right place for me because I really felt as if it was the perfect fit. I get along well with all the guys on the team. Coach Fronhofer and the rest of the staff are amazing. And the Ivy League education is hard to beat.

 

WS: What was your recruiting trip to Columbia like?

AM: My visit to Columbia was my first time ever going to NYC. I love the city atmosphere. The campus is awesome, and I just knew right away that it was the right fit for me.

 

WS: What is your relationship like with the coaches and wrestlers currently on the team?

AM: I knew Josh Houldsworth, who’s also from Michigan, before my visit. And, I just think the team is an awesome group that has potential to make a lot of noise in years to come. The coaches are excellent and are definitely moving the program in a good direction.

 

WS: How do you see yourself fitting into the line-up at Columbia?

AM: I see myself as a 141/149 but probably not getting any bigger. I want to make an impact right away.

 

WS: Have you thought about a major?

AM: I want to study Business Management.