Freshman Tim Rooney already has made his mark with the St. Charles Preparatory School wrestling team.

Freshman Tim Rooney already has made his mark with the St. Charles Preparatory School wrestling team.

He became the program's first freshman to qualify for the state tournament by finishing third at 120 pounds during the Division I district tournament that concluded Feb. 25 at Hilliard Darby.

The top four in each weight class advanced to state Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at Ohio State.

"I've never been to state, but no matter what happens, getting there is a big accomplishment," said Rooney, who defeated Grove City senior Jordan Shoemaker 12-4 in a district consolation final. "I want to go there, get experience, win a few matches and hopefully place."

Rooney (35-5) opens against Huber Heights Wayne senior Marcus Windsor (39-4). The winner faces Elyria senior Matt Canon (25-2) or Uniontown Lake freshman Zac Carson (36-9).

St. Charles coach Joe Moyer said Rooney finished eighth in the junior high state tournament last year and likely won't be fazed by the atmosphere at state.

"You can't be ready for coming out of the tunnel and getting ready to wrestle, but he loves competing," Moyer said. "He loves to go against the best competition because he enjoys the challenge."

Rooney reached a district semifinal before losing 10-3 to eventual champion Giuseppe Penzone of Olentangy Liberty.

"Tim doesn't get down on himself or discouraged after a loss," Moyer said. "After he lost the (district) semifinal, he came off the mat talking about what he needed to do the next time he wrestled."

The Cardinals had four other wrestlers at district, but none advanced. Senior Adam Suhr went 0-2 at 126 to finish 23-7. Junior Dustin Obergfell went 1-2 at 138 to finish 27-14. Junior heavyweight Andrew Kyser was 0-2 to finish 12-21.

Senior Lloyd Furuta was a district alternate after finishing fifth at 145 in a sectional Feb. 18 at Central Crossing. He replaced New Albany's Tommy Chamberlain and went 0-2 to finish 24-15.

The Cardinals finished 27th (19) at district behind champion Marysville (174) as 37 teams scored.

•The swimming team tied Worthington Kilbourne for 27th (21) behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (297) as 47 teams scored in the Division I state meet that concluded Feb. 25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Junior Nick McKinley was 16th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1 minute, 56.91 seconds. He also competed in the 100 breaststroke, but did not advance from the preliminaries by finishing 22nd in 1:00.08.

"I was really excited I got into the finals because it's a completely different atmosphere in the night finals," McKinley said of competing in the 200 IM. "I have been watching some of the other races and they've been really good. Being put against that caliber of swimming is kind of exciting."

Senior Daniel Cogan also competed in the 200 IM, but did not advance from the preliminaries with a 24th-place finish of 2:00.7.

The Cardinals had three relays reach the consolation finals. The 200 freestyle relay of Cogan, senior Zach Poltor, senior Ryan Doyle and junior Carl Calcara was 12th in 1:27.51 and the 400 free relay of Cogan, senior Alex Kocher, senior Jordan Krumpelman and Poltor was 14th in 3:14.56.

The 200 medley relay of Kocher, senior Chris D'Angelo, Cogan and Poltor was 13th in 1:38.59.

•The basketball team finished 13-7, losing to Zanesville 41-26 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 24 at Marysville.

Seniors Gunner Francis (guard), Dan Hennessey (post player) and Jim Ryan (guard) all scored five points. Senior Solomon Hughes (forward) and sophomore Sean Hennessey (post player) both added four points.

The Cardinals trailed 13-4 after one quarter and 24-12 at halftime.

"Zanesville took a long ride, got off the bus and played well," said coach Jacob Daniel, who completed his third season leading the program. "It was no sweat to them playing the hard-nosed, fundamental basketball that they play, and for some reason we took a quarter to figure them out. We talked about that before the game. We couldn't afford to take time to feel them out, but kids are kids. They have to see it for themselves, I guess."

St. Charles went 4-4 in the CCL to finish behind champion Watterson (7-1) and Hartley (6-2) and ahead of DeSales (2-6) and Ready (1-7).

The Cardinals had five seniors in Francis (3.8 points per game), Dan Hennessey (8.1 ppg), Hughes, Oga Odemena and Ryan (11.1 ppg). Dan Hennessey and Ryan were honorable mention all-district.

"Coaching these seniors was a pleasure," Daniel said. "You talk about Dan Hennessey, who was the leader of this team this year. If you'd have seen him four years ago, you wouldn't have believed it. He's just worked, worked, worked for four years and this year he stepped into that vocal leadership role. He didn't have a bad practice at all, and that's saying something. That's how your senior captain has to be.

"Jim Ryan, he's a guy who's played two years and is a leader by example in being consistent. Solomon Hughes and Oga have been program guys for the last three years. They played j.v. last year. They played hard and with passion and that continued into this year for them. ... We picked up Francis coming back to the basketball team. He hadn't played in three years, but he came a long way in three months. He has a ton of potential and a ton of natural ability. It was just a good group of five guys who ended up having a good season. They were a joy to coach."

Expected to return for the Cardinals are juniors Russell Bateman (forward), Joe Flynn (guard), Dan Loesing (guard), Michael Lutter (guard, 6.4 ppg) and Bryce Spees (guard, 3.6 ppg) as well as sophomores Matt Hennessey (forward) and Sean Hennessey.

•The bowling team finished 11th (3,513) of 18 teams in the district tournament Feb. 25 at HP Lanes.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Friday, March 2, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

Jonathan Alder (3,962), Westerville North (3,884) and Whitehall (3,769) advanced to state. Westerville South's Zach Pannell (689), Walnut Ridge's Wayne Russell Jr. (624) and Olentangy Liberty's Mike Shiner (619) were the individual qualifiers.

Junior Tom Cianflona (551) led the Cardinals followed by senior Zak Stephenson (537), as both played three games. Junior Kyle Huston (337), junior Noah Thomas (304), senior Dezmond Brown (298) and senior Eric Powell (292) all played two games, with junior Darren Delimond rolling a single-game 122.