He wrestled at 152 as a freshman last season, placing fourth in the Region 3 meet to qualify for the state tournament. But he lost his only two matches at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, getting pinned in the first round and dropping a decision in the first consolation round.
Crozier said maintaining weight was one of the hardest things about getting back into wrestling shape, but that's not the only obstacle. He said wrestling is by far the harder sport of the two.
"Wrestling is more aggressiveness, more effort,'' he said. "There's no plays off. [In football], you can relax a little bit. But here, one move and you're done.''
Crozier was one of just a few black athletes competing in the county meet, and represents one-fourth of the total squad for Class AAA South Charleston. He thinks both of those facts say a lot about wrestling.
"I just think people think they can succeed more in basketball,'' he said. "I think we're more of a basketball school. Wrestling is more individual - and way tougher . . . It's discipline and work ethic.''
GW produced five individual champs - Philip Sharp (106), Sam Moore (113), Jensen Lorea (138), Hunter Jones (170) and David Smith (heavyweight).
Nitro had three titlists - Terrell Jackson (152), Ryan Walters (182) and Hunter Skeens (220) - and St. Albans two with Micah Crewdson (120) and Michael Milam (145). Sissonville (Austin Moss, 126), Hoover (Jesse Weese, 132) and Riverside (Chase Hanshaw, 195) had one apiece.
One of the attractions of the Kanawha County meet was the traditional Senior Walk before the round of finals matches.
Nearly 20 senior wrestlers from the seven participating high schools were honored, being able to walk onto the floor with their parents or guardians while a list of their accomplishments and future plans were read over the public address system.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.