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Carl Fronhofer enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Panthers' wrestling team after culminating an outstanding career as a Pitt grappler, earning All-America honors as a senior in 2003 by advancing to the national finals at 174 pounds.
Fronhofer is responsible for helping the Panthers' techniques and training methods in the wrestling room as well as recruiting, something that Head Coach Rande Stottlemyer feels Fronhofer has done very well in his first year.
"As a graduate and a wrestler here, Carl knows the program we have," Stottlemyer said. "He loves it here in Pittsburgh and his knowledge and enthusiasm will give him the tools and an edge over other coaches to do a remarkable job. We are already seeing the results from Carl's hard work."
In his five seasons as a wrestler at Pittsburgh, Fronhofer won 123 matches against just 39 losses. His win total is the third-highest in Panthers history, behind only Pat Santoro (161) and Rob Loper (131).
As a freshman, Fronhofer became just one of five first-year Pittsburgh wrestlers to win 30 matches in a season when he finished the year 30-11. He qualified for his first NCAA Championships and won his first Nationals match. Also that year, Fronhofer won his second consecutive FILA Junior National Greco-Roman title at 167.5 pounds and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler for the second time as well.
Fronhofer won an EWL title at 165 pounds in 2001 and qualified for his second straight NCAA meet. During the season, he was a perfect 11-0 in dual meets.
After a third straight appearance at NCAAs as a junior in 2001-02, Fronhofer moved up a weight class prior to his senior year. After finishing second at the EWL Championships, Fronhofer won five straight matches before dropping the championship match to Robbie Waller of Oklahoma by a 7-3 decision. He earned All-American honors for his second-place finish, the first Panthers' All-American in three years and first finalist in 13 years.
Fronhofer is a 2003 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and earned his bachelor's degree in sociology. He was a NCWA first team Academic All-American as a senior.