Unlike a number of younger coaches in the OCC, Bob Stoll of the Dublin Coffman High School wrestling team was around the last time the league decided to determine champions on a single Saturday.

Unlike a number of younger coaches in the OCC, Bob Stoll of the Dublin Coffman High School wrestling team was around the last time the league decided to determine champions on a single Saturday.

It lasted all of one year, and Stoll suspects that might be the case this year.

"You're going to see 90 percent of the guys who you might see in the district tournament, but in this format it just loses its glamour quite a bit," he said. "What they need to do is have a 32-team tournament over the holidays to show where the guys are individually."

The Shamrocks will compete at Westland on Saturday in the OCC-Central Division tournament featuring a dual format. The eight teams will be divided into two pools of four to determine who takes the title.

Four teams in the league were ranked in the Division I area coaches poll last week. Coffman was tied with Hilliard Darby for 10th behind Hilliard Davidson (7) and Central Crossing (3).

The Shamrocks have six wrestlers with at least 20 victories, including freshman Ryan Murdock (103 pounds, 24-4 overall), who was tops in the area coaches poll.

Jason Seiple (119, 25-3) took first place last Saturday at the Mason Invitational. His team finished eighth (160 points) behind champion West Chester Lakota West.

"Central Crossing will certainly be favored, but with a dual meet format we feel like we'll be competitive," Stoll said. "We were a young team to start the season and we've grown up pretty quick."

The task isn't any easier for Dublin Scioto and Dublin Jerome as they battle for the OCC-Cardinal championship Saturday at Marysville.

The Monarchs and Olentangy are likely favorites as both were ranked fourth in last week's coaches poll. Marysville was 10th in the Division I state poll.

"As a team, I'm hoping we can pull some surprises," said Scioto's Randy Languis, a returning state qualifier who is 23-2 and the area's top-ranked wrestler at 135. "We wrestled Marysville earlier in the season and had some guys missing. I would be nice to beat some of these teams."

Languis and Drew Pike, who is 21-4 and was ranked second in the area at 160, earned titles at the home Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament last Saturday. The Irish took third place (187.5) behind Clayton Northmont (222) and Springfield Holland (214).

It was a tough day for returning state qualifier Alex Gordon, who left the tournament with a dislocated right elbow. The junior, who is 23-1 at 145, was ranked second in the area is hoping to return for the sectional tournament.

"It's going to be close in trying to get him back, but we're going to hold him out so he can rehab," said coach Scott King, whose team a year ago won the OCC-Capital with Big Walnut. "I'm just hoping these guys can pull together as a team and accomplish something people aren't expecting."

Jerome's Casey Nicholson seems to be at full strength after a hit-and-run driver injured a foot in a convenience store parking lot in October. At 119, he was 17-5 and four of those losses came during the Marion Harding Classic over the holiday break.

"I don't know that he was ready for two full days of wrestling at that point," Jerome coach Adam Huddle said. "He's still got some technique things to work out, but he'll get there."

Also improved is Brad Myers (135), who is 21-9 after finishing last season with just one victory.

"We're not going to go out and win the whole thing, but we've going to wrestle hard," Huddle said. "We can drop our heads and lose by 20 or go out and fight. You just have to win as many battles as you can."

Jerome's Cian Neilson-Mayer controls Marion Harding's James Westbrook en route to a victory in their heavyweight match Jan. 22.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Coffman, Jerome and Scioto wrestling teams:

COFFMAN

Jan. 22 -- Defeated Thomas 62-10; lost to Pickerington Central 33-27

Last Saturday -- Finished eighth (160) behind champion West Chester Lakota West (267) in Mason Invitational. Jason Seiple (119) won a championship.

Saturday -- At OCC-Central tournament at Westland

JEROME

Jan. 22 -- Def. Marion-Harding 43-27; def. Olentangy Orange (40-35)

Saturday -- At OCC-Cardinal tournament at Marysville

SCIOTO

Jan. 22 -- Def. Westerville Central 44-20

Last Saturday -- Finished third (187.5) in home Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament behind Clayton Northmont (222) and Springfield Holland (214). Randy Languis (135) and Drew Pike (160) won championships.

Saturday -- At OCC-Cardinal tournament

Wednesday -- At Central Crossing