Senior Harrison Rosch earned his 100th-career victory Jan. 8 when the Canal Winchester High School wrestling team defeated St. Charles 50-23.

Senior Harrison Rosch earned his 100th-career victory Jan. 8 when the Canal Winchester High School wrestling team defeated St. Charles 50-23.

Rosch downed John Mackessy 16-3 at 160 pounds to join Seth Morton and Brandon Voss as Indians to reach the milestone.

Rosch met Mackessy again last Saturday, pinning him in 2 minutes, 30 seconds as the Indians finished third in the Gahanna Duals by defeating St. Charles 44-32, Lima Senior 67-12 and Groveport 38-37 and losing to Teays Valley 47-20.

Rosch, who is now 30-2, wasn't always the dominant wrestler he is these days. As a freshman, Rosch finished 16-19 .

"I think that just made me realize that I had to work a lot harder to get better," Rosch said. "There were some guys that beat up on me as a freshman and I knew I hard to work a lot harder to reach my goals."

"Harrison has come a long way from that season," coach Trent Brooks said. "He took his lumps but didn't back down from anything. It just goes to show you what you can do with some hard work and determination."

The work Rosch put in started to pay off last season as he helped lead the team to an appearance in the Division II state tournament in just the program's sixth year of existence. Rosch placed eighth at state in the 152 class, losing to Ravenna's Tony Karaffa 4-3 to finish 44-9. The Indians placed 37th at state.

Rosch was ranked second behind Reno Bernardo of DeSales in the area coaches poll last week.

Brooks said what makes Rosch so good is that he is very skilled on his feet and is constantly attacking.

"I'm a lot quicker than most of the people I wrestle," Rosch said. "I try to use my athletic ability against people and I'm an offensive wrestler. I don't like to wait for somebody. I'm always moving forward."

For the next few weeks, Rosch will continue to compete at 160 but said he would like to try to move back to 152 and win a state championship.

"Whatever Harrison gets in his mind is where he can place," Brooks said. "He's got all the ability in the world. He's paid his dues and everything he wants to accomplish, he does."

In addition to his prowess on the mat, Rosch also plays football. Last season he was a middle linebacker for the Indians, who finished 9-2. He recorded 114 tackles, nine for a loss, had six passes defensed and grabbed an interception.

"I'd say football is a little more fun because it's a team sport," Rosch said. "Wrestling is a little more serious. It's more of an intense sport having to cut weight and everything. It is also is more rewarding in the fact that it's only you out there. If you win a big match, you get all the glory."

For Brooks, one of the benefits of having Rosch on the team has been the emergence of a leader. Rosch started to step into that role as a sophomore and has taken it over as a senior.

"It's nice having somebody out there who knows what I expect at all times and is able to relay that message," Brooks said. "He does a great job. A kid like Harrison is one in a million. He's a good leader, a good kid and a good wrestler and it definitely would be a different environment without him. He just brings a spark to the team. Every team needs a kid to emulate and set their goals after and Harrison is that guy."

•The boys basketball team has been on a roll since it lost two of its first three games following the winter break. From that point, the Indians have won four consecutive games, including a 74-70 decision over previously undefeated Logan Elm on Jan. 13.

Last Friday Canal Winchester beat Amanda-Clearcreek 79-53. Jarmod Woodley led the team with 20 points. Aaron Barber (14), Darian Cartharn (12) and Trace Helton (11) followed. The Indians made 10 3-pointers, including three by Helton.

Canal Winchester will play at home Saturday against Fairfield Union. The Falcons were 6-6 overall and 4-3 in the league before their game last Tuesday against Amanda-Clearcreek.

The Indians won the first-round contest 81-55 on Dec. 13.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Canal Winchester boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jan. 20 --Defeated Jonathan Alder 59-49

*Last Friday -- Def. Amanda-Clearcreek 79-53

*Last Tuesday -- Played Teays Valley

*Saturday --Home vs. Fairfield Union

Of note: The Indians were 11-2 overall and 7-0 in the MSL-Buckeye before last Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 20 --Lost to Fairfield Union 49-34

*Last Saturday -- Lost to Circleville 51-40

*Friday -- At Hamilton Township

*Tuesday -- At Logan Elm

Of note: The Indians are 2-11 overall and 0-8 in the MSL-Buckeye.

WRESTLING

Jan. 22 --Def. Fairfield Union 62-14

Last Saturday -- Def. Lima Senior 67-12; def. St. Charles 44-32; lost to Teays Valley 47-20; def. Groveport 38-37 in Gahanna Duals

Today -- Home vs. Logan Elm and Hamilton Township

*MSL-Buckeye