Tim Rooney made the most of his second trip to the Division I state wrestling tournament Feb. 28-March 2 at Ohio State.
He finished fifth at 126 pounds, becoming the first sophomore from St. Charles Preparatory School to reach the state awards podium.
Rooney went 4-2 at state to finish 39-4 on the season. He defeated Lakewood St. Edward's Chance Driscoll 3-1 in sudden-victory overtime in the fifth-place match, after Driscoll had defeated Rooney 5-1 in sudden-victory overtime in the second round.
The Cardinals tied Hilliard Darby for 44th (11 points) behind champion St. Edward (117) as 89 teams scored.
"Beating (Driscoll) made my whole tournament," said Rooney, who went 1-2 at 120 last season as the program's first freshman to qualify for state. "It was great to come back and beat him after I should have beaten him earlier.
"(This trip to state) was a little better this time, and I'm happy to make it up on the podium. Now I need to work harder to move up and hopefully make it to the championship next year."
Rooney went 4-1 and finished third in the district tournament Feb. 22 and 23 at Hilliard Darby, as the top four in each weight class advanced to state.
"Tim has the drive and he will get better," said coach Joe Moyer, who completed his third season. "He has a lot of confidence and works really hard. He never stops moving."
At district, the Cardinals tied Worthington Kilbourne for 26th (21) behind champion Marysville (163) as 35 teams scored.
Also competing at district were senior Dustin Obergfell (145, 31-12 overall), senior Mason Tigner (160, 18-11), junior Matt Cannon (152, 32-12) and sophomore Cole Delaney (170, 20-14). Delaney and Tigner went 1-2 at district, and Cannon and Obergfell went 0-2.
The Cardinals finished seventh (98) in the 10-team sectional Feb. 16 at Westland behind champion Hilliard Davidson (224.5).
On Feb. 2, St. Charles (263) won the CCL tournament ahead of Hartley (238), Ready (149), host DeSales (137) and Watterson (79).
The Cardinals had four seniors in Andrew Donahey (182), Andrew Kyser (heavyweight), Obergfell and Tigner.
"We won't lose a lot of seniors, but we did have some good leaders," Moyer said. "We will have three district qualifiers back and that's always a good thing."
Also expected to return are juniors Chris Noonan (220), Will Somodi (195) and Will Whalen (120), sophomores Kit MacDonald (195), Yasin Mahmud (160), Patrick Somodi (132), Nick Valin (138) and Danny Wolfe (106) and freshman Drew Kiger (113).
Bowling team finishes with winning record
The bowling team finished 9-7 overall and senior Tom Cianflona finished 42nd (527 series) of 117 participants as he competed as an individual in the district tournament Feb. 22 at HP Lanes.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams at district advanced to state March 2 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. Newark's Austin Martin (728) was medalist and Granville's Jon Massey (657) was the final individual qualifier.
St. Charles finished eighth (9-6) of 16 teams in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division behind champion Ready (14-1).
Cianflona finished 22nd of 168 bowlers in the sectional Feb. 16 at Eastland Lanes, rolling a 528. His score was eighth among competitors not on qualifying teams, as the top nine advanced to district.
The Cardinals finished 12th (3,132) of 30 teams as the top nine advanced to district. Westerville South (3,766) won and Westerville Central (3,344) was the final qualifying team.
Senior Kyle Huston (501 series, 37th overall) was next for the Cardinals at sectional. Senior Darren Delimond (281), junior Noah Thomas (280) and senior Stuart Sprigler (277) rolled two games and freshman Ryan Siesel (119) bowled one.
The Cardinals' other two seniors were Chris Couture and Tristan Kinnison.
Others eligible to return are freshmen Marcus Galeano and James Sullivan.
Coach Michael Warner completed his sixth season.