Trevor Fiorucci has been blessed with athletic talent.

Trevor Fiorucci has been blessed with athletic talent.

But Olentangy High School wrestling coach Matt Hammons said that isn't the main reason the senior has compiled a 147-21 career record and placed in the top eight of the state tournament each of the past three seasons.

According to Hammons, Fiorucci's mental toughness is the attribute that gives him an edge over the majority of his opponents.

"Trevor is more athletic than your average person, but he isn't a freak athlete at all," Hammons said. "What makes Trevor special is he has a winning attitude on the mat no matter who he is facing or what the situation is. He's a fighter who always rises to the occasion. He never quits during training or in matches, and he's able to break his opponents mentally. The No. 1 reason Trevor has been so successful is because he has a ton of mental toughness."

Fiorucci said he simply tries to stay positive.

"I get anxious or excited before matches, but I don't let myself get nervous because I look at my opponent and tell myself that he's more nervous to wrestle me than I am to wrestle him," Fiorucci said. "A lot of people give up when they're losing and you can see them start to hang their heads when they're only down 1-0. When I'm down or I'm exhausted, I keep working hard because I always feel like there's time to come back and win, and I don't want to let that opportunity slip away."

Fiorucci began wrestling in the Little Braves youth program at age 5.

Over the past 13 years, Gary Fiorucci has driven his son to practices and camps across the state and to tournaments across the country to give Trevor opportunities to test himself against some of the best competition in his age group.

"I've been wrestling so long that it's become second nature to me," Fiorucci said. "I've learned so much from so many great coaches that I can't name one guy who has taught me the most. I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with a lot of good coaches and train with a lot of good athletes."

Despite weighing only 97 pounds his freshman year, Fiorucci earned a 37-11 record in the 103 class, won a Division I sectional title, placed third at district and finished eighth at state.

Fiorucci grew three inches and gained 25 pounds over the following year, but he dropped 19 pounds and continued to compete at 103, where he went 43-4 his sophomore season. He went on to win a Division II sectional title, capture his first district championship and finish second at state.

Fiorucci's mental toughness was on display in a state semifinal at Ohio State, as he rallied from a two-point deficit with less than 20 seconds remaining to earn a 7-4 victory over Streetsboro's Cory Stainbrook.

In the state final, Fiorucci lost to St. Paris Graham's Ryan Taylor 13-3.

"As I watched the last few seconds count off the clock in the state semifinals, I had a huge smile on my face because it felt amazing knowing that I was going to the state final," Fiorucci said. "I wanted to win state, but I still felt good standing on the podium. I remember standing up near the top of the podium, sharing a box of milk duds with Ryan Taylor, feeling great about what I accomplished."

Fiorucci continued to wrestle at a high level as a junior, going 45-7 at 119.

But after capturing his third consecutive sectional title and his second consecutive district title, he went 3-2 and placed fifth in the Division II state tournament.

Fiorucci lost to eventual champion Micah Jordan of Graham 9-3 in a semifinal.

"Obviously, my goal was to win my first state title, and I was disappointed when I lost in the semifinal because I knew I wasn't going to be able to place as high or higher than I did the year before," Fiorucci said.

In an effort to improve his skills, Fiorucci trained with several members of Ohio State's wrestling team over the summer before breaking his right arm in August during a match against Liberty graduate and Ohio State walk-on Jarrod Boone.

"Training with those guys was tough, but it forces you to learn to hit every move just right and to come up closer to their level," said Fiorucci, who is enjoying a strong senior season with a 23-3 record at 132.

Fiorucci went 6-0 in the Medina Invitational Tournament on Dec. 28 and 29 to become the first Olentangy wrestler to win in that event since Eric Wanner (119) in 2003.

On Jan. 21, Fiorucci went 4-0 in the James Horning Invitational at Mason and was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.

"Trevor reached the next level when he won the MIT because he dominated what is one of the toughest tournaments in the state if not the country," Hammons said. "Trevor's definitely one of the top two Olentangy wrestlers of all time, along with two-time state champion Kevin Maehl, because he's on his way to becoming the first four-time state placer that we've ever had."

Fiorucci has taken several unofficial visits to colleges around the state and is hoping to earn a scholarship.

He's considering a career as a special education teacher. His mother, Sue, works with children with disabilities as a specialized learning aide at Indian Springs Elementary.

"I don't know if I want to go to a Division I, II or III school yet," Fiorucci said. "But I definitely want to earn a wrestling scholarship, and if I win a state championship, that should increase my chances."