The Delaware Hayes High School wrestling team will prepare for the 2011 portion of the schedule by competing in the Marion Harding Holiday Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Delaware Hayes High School wrestling team will prepare for the 2011 portion of the schedule by competing in the Marion Harding Holiday Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday.

"We use Marion as a tuneup for our league schedule and basically for the rest of the season," said coach Josh Heffernan, whose team last competed on Dec. 11 in the Big Walnut Duals. "We have an agenda we had to get done during the break in the schedule, but it was also important for the boys to take some time off to recharge."

Last season at Marion, the Pacers finished 10th in the 22-team field with 81 points as Lakewood St. Edward (248) won. Seth McCurdy won the title at 103 pounds. Tyler Daugherty was fifth at 215, Joel Calfe was sixth at 152 and Wyatt Davis was seventh at 112.

"The Marion tournament usually has great competition," said Heffernan, whose team will open the OCC-Capital Division season Jan. 6 at New Albany against the Eagles and Olentangy Orange. "It's our first two-day tournament, and the boys get a lot of quality matches in. I think it will be a good gauge for us. Thus far, I'm happy with all of our returning wrestlers. You can see their experience and maturity. Their offseason work is paying off."

Mat Giannakos leads the way with an 8-2 record at 130 pounds.

"Giannakos has been a nice surprise," Heffernan said. "It's not that it's shocking, because we knew he could have a big season. But he missed all of his junior season with an injury. You couldn't tell it by watching him. He's wrestling like he didn't miss a beat."

Senior Daugherty (215) is 5-2, junior McCurdy (125) is 6-4 and freshman Wes Dunlap (103) is 4-1. Sophomore Skyler Helmeci (119) is 3-2, as is freshman Derrick Sumner (145).

"We haven't even been at full strength yet," Heffernan said. "(Senior) Skylar Hess hasn't competed yet because of a knee injury and (junior) Colton Christner broke his foot the second day of practice and is still a week or two away from coming back."

Junior Zack Sumner is 4-6 filling Christner's spot at heavyweight. Heffernan also is pleased with junior Andrew Nesselroad, who is 4-5.

"He was a first-year wrestler last season who had a heart so he filled a spot in our lineup," Heffernan said. "He played a role by just staying off his back. Now, in his second year, he's winning matches and competing well at 135."