Any high school wrestler knows that performance matters most when the quest to reach the state tournament begins in February.

Any high school wrestler knows that performance matters most when the quest to reach the state tournament begins in February.

That might be why Dublin Jerome wrestling coach Adam Huddle didn't read much into his team's finish against Dublin Coffman and Dublin Scioto in the Dublin City Championships on Dec. 16.

Still, the Celtics couldn't help but enjoy their first win against a Dublin opponent in the tri-meet's six-year history with a 44-21 victory over the host Irish.

The Irish rallied to knock off Coffman for the first time 39-38. Coffman, which had never lost a Dublin title, defeated Jerome 32-26.

"It's great to know that we're moving in the right direction, but in the scheme of things, it's two duals and we have another tournament to get ready for," said Huddle, whose team competes at the Marion Harding Classic on Tuesday and Wednesday. "I think we were a little upset we didn't win it all, but it was nice to see us wrestle well (last) Saturday."

Jerome took second (199) of 10 teams at Worthington Kilbourne's Wolfpack Classic last Saturday behind the host Wolves (239).

Bennett Comfort (112 pounds), Andrew Pearson (130), Jack Austin (140), Juven Lopez (160), Brad Myers (171) and Brett Mowery (215) all won championships.

"We've never been this successful this early in the season as long as I've been here," Huddle said. "I think we can do well in Marion, but I think a lot of our points are going to come from guys placing third, fourth, fifth and sixth. We're not going to have a lot of winners."

Coffman earned lopsided victories over Kettering Fairmont (46-22) and Troy (70-12) at the Fairmont Duals last Saturday.

Ryan Murdock (112), a returning Division I state qualifier, is aiming for a championship when his team participates in the Medina Invitational on Tuesday and Wednesday. The tournament, which features 46 teams, is one of the best in the state.

"You really have to be prepared for it," Murdock said. "I took eighth as a freshman and third last year, so I really want that title. This is really the type of tournament which can show you how ready you are for the state tournament."

A lean roster challenged Scioto last Saturday at the Pickerington North Panther Invitational, where the Irish finished 11th (94.5) of 13 teams behind champion Bedford St. Peter Chanel (282.5).

Scioto had just nine wrestlers in the lineup, led by Brandon Carbajal (160) and Wesley King (215), both of whom took third.

The Irish had to forfeit four weight classes against Jerome and two against Coffman.

"We were really hurting this past week," coach Scott King said. "We're going to enjoy this time off to heal up and get some of these younger guys back on the practice mat. We've had four meets and we're showing some signs of greatness, but it takes some time for these guys to adjust to varsity."

Scioto won't compete again until it meets Westerville North and Olentangy Liberty in the first OCC-Cardinal Division duals on Jan. 6. The Irish then play host to the Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament two days later.

At a glance

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

COFFMAN

Dec. 16 - Defeated Jerome 32-26 and lost to Scioto 39-38 at Dublin City Championships

Last Saturday - Def. Kettering Fairmont 46-22 and Troy 70-12 at Fairmont Duals

Tuesday-Wednesday - Medina Invitational

*Jan. 6 - At Upper Arlington with Westland

*OCC-Central match

JEROME

Dec. 16 - Def. Scioto 44-21 and lost to Coffman 32-26 at Dublin City Championships

Last Saturday - Finished second (199) at Worthington Kilbourne's Wolfpack Classic behind champion Kilbourne (239)

Tuesday-Wednesday - Marion Harding Classic

*Jan. 6 - At Olentangy Liberty with Westerville North

*OCC-Cardinal match

SCIOTO

Dec. 6 - Def. Coffman 39-38 and lost to Jerome 44-21 at Dublin City Championships

Last Saturday - Finished 11th (94.5) at Pickerington North Panther Invitational behind champion Bedford St. Peter Chanel (282.5)

*Jan. 6 - At Olentangy Liberty with Westerville North

*OCC-Cardinal match