The St. Charles Preparatory School wrestling team had to rally to capture its first CCL title since 2010.
In the league tournament Feb. 2 at DeSales, the Cardinals had wrestlers place in all 14 weight classes, with 13 placing third or higher. They had three champions in junior Christian Noonan (220 pounds) and sophomores Tim Rooney (132) and Danny Wolfe (106).
Nine St. Charles competitors finished as runners-up -- seniors Andrew Donahey (182), Andrew Kyser (heavyweight), Dustin Obergfell (145) and Mason Tigner (160), junior Matt Cannon (152), sophomores Cole Delaney (170), Kit MacDonald (195) and Will Whalen (120) and freshman Drew Kiger (113).
Sophomore Nick Valin (138) placed third and sophomore Patrick Somodi (126) was fourth.
"We got off to a rough start, losing some matches that we should have won," coach Joe Moyer said. "We had one goal in mind and that was to win the CCL. We basically had to run the table to do that (trailing Hartley by 18 points before the championship round) -- and we went out and did that."
St. Charles scored 263 points to finish ahead of Hartley (238), Ready (149), DeSales (137) and Watterson (79).
Hartley won last season and Ready was champion in 2011.
Basketball team awaits Watterson
The basketball team, which is 12-4 overall, lost to Watterson 59-43 on Jan. 28 in a game resumed from Jan. 4.
The game was suspended because of slippery conditions on the gym floor at St. Charles with 5 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Eagles were leading 32-22.
The teams will meet Friday, Feb. 8, at Watterson in the second round of CCL play.
Before Feb. 5, St. Charles was third in the CCL at 4-2, behind Watterson (5-0) and Hartley (5-1) and ahead of Ready (1-6) and DeSales (0-6).
The Cardinals also play at home against Groveport on Saturday, Feb. 9, and at Columbus West on Monday, Feb. 11.
On Jan. 30, the Cardinals defeated Whitehall 74-52 as senior guard Michael Lutter led with 22 points and six 3-pointers.
Junior forward Sean Hennessey had 15 points and junior forward Matt Hennessey added 10.
St. Charles beat Franklin Heights 46-40 on Feb. 2 as senior guard Bryce Spees led with 16 points and four 3-pointers. Lutter and sophomore guard NiQuille Bell both added 10 points.
Hockey team set for Blue Jackets Cup
The hockey team will play in the Blue Jackets Cup, which runs Thursday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 10.
The Cardinals are 22-8-0-1 overall.
They finished second in the Capital Hockey Conference-White Division at 10-5-0-1 (21 points), behind Olentangy Orange (14-2, 28 points) and ahead of DeSales (7-7-1-1, 16) and Thomas Worthington (4-11-1, 9).
St. Charles opens the Blue Jackets Cup at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Chiller Dublin against Cincinnati Moeller, the third-place team from the Red Division.
The Cardinals defeated Moeller 4-3 in overtime Jan. 6.
The winner plays defending champion Dublin Jerome or DeSales in a semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the OhioHealth Ice Haus.
The championship is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Ice Haus.