Tim Rooney is ready to see what he can do for an encore.
Last season, the sophomore for the St. Charles Preparatory School wrestling team became the program's first freshman to qualify for state. Now, he wants to see if he can get back to the Division I tournament.
"There are a lot of good wrestlers going down to 126 (pounds), so it's not going to be easy to get back," said Rooney, who went 1-2 at state last year at 120. "But we won the CCL (title Feb. 2 at DeSales) and that helps. We have to be ready for the sectional."
St. Charles will compete in a 10-team sectional Saturday, Feb. 16, at Westland. Seeded teams include No. 3 Delaware and No. 4 Hilliard Davidson. Top-seeded Marysville will compete in its home sectional and second-seeded Mount Vernon will be at Pickerington North. The top four individuals in each weight class will advance to district Feb. 22 and 23 at Hilliard Darby.
"One thing I see as being a trait of this group is that it rises to the occasion," coach Joe Moyer said. "It was a big test for them to get through the CCL, because they knew what was expected of them. They were able to go out and handle those expectations."
Last year, in a 10-team sectional at Central Crossing, St. Charles finished ninth (80) behind champion Dublin Coffman (196.5). Rooney won a sectional title, senior Dustin Obergfell (138) took third and senior heavyweight Andrew Kyser was fourth.
"Last year, I didn't have a lot of confidence going in because I was an unranked freshman," Rooney said.
On Feb. 9, the Cardinals finished seventh (130.5) as the host squad in the 14-team Nye Cardinal Classic, behind champion Lancaster (246).
Rooney won his second title in as many seasons and Obergfell (145) was second. Matt Cannon (152) and Cole Delaney (170) both placed third. Will Somodi (182) was fifth and both Nick Valin (138) and Danny Wolfe (106) took sixth.
Basketball team to play Hartley
The basketball team was 12-5 overall before playing Columbus West on Feb. 11.
The Cardinals were 4-3 in the CCL after losing to Watterson 45-38 in overtime Feb. 8. Senior guard Bryce Spees led with 15 points and junior forward Sean Hennessey added eight points.
In the CCL, St. Charles is third behind Watterson (7-0) and Hartley (5-2) and ahead of DeSales (1-6) and Ready (1-7).
The Cardinals play Hartley on Friday, Feb. 15, to close the CCL schedule. They lost the first meeting 45-36 on Jan. 11 as senior guard Michael Lutter scored 11 points, Spees had nine and sophomore guard NiQuille Bell added seven.
St. Charles closes the regular season with a pair of home games -- Saturday, Feb. 16, against Springfield Catholic Central and Tuesday, Feb. 19, against Groveport.
The Cardinals were seeded 17th of 42 teams in the Division I district tournament and open Feb. 23 at home against 19th-seeded Hilliard Darby in the first round. The winner plays Feb. 27 against 13th-seeded Newark or 35th-seeded Watkins Memorial at the home of the better seed.
Hockey team seeded 5th in district tourney
The hockey team is 22-9-0-1 overall and seeded fifth in the district tournament.
The Cardinals have a first-round bye and play at noon Sunday, Feb. 17, against Olentangy or Thomas Worthington at Chiller North. The winner plays fourth-seeded Cincinnati Moeller, Cincinnati Elder or Worthington Kilbourne in the third round at 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus.
Olentangy Liberty is the top seed, Olentangy Orange is second and Dublin Jerome is third.
St. Charles lost to Moeller 3-2 on Feb. 7 in the opening round of the Blue Jackets Cup. Junior forward Jacob Weikert and sophomore forward Clayton Klosz both scored and senior goaltender Teo Juratovac had 27 saves.
Swimmers and divers to compete at district
The swimming and diving team next competes in the Division I district meet at Ohio State. Divers compete Friday, Feb. 15, and the swimming events will be held Saturday, Feb. 16.
The top two placers in each swimming event automatically advance to the state meet Feb. 21-23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide. The top three boys divers at district advance to state.
In a 12-team Division I sectional Feb. 9 at Upper Arlington, the Cardinals finished second (263) behind champion UA (351).
Bowling team set for Eastland sectional
The bowling team begins the postseason Saturday, Feb. 16, in a sectional tournament at Eastland Lanes. The top nine teams and top nine individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Feb. 22 at HP Lanes.
Last season, the Cardinals also competed in the Eastland Lanes sectional and finished seventh (3,375) of 28 teams as the top nine moved on to district.