When Adam Huddle took over the Dublin Jerome High School wrestling program four years ago, he knew recruiting would be one of his top priorities, especially when it came to trying to fill the upper weight classes.

When Adam Huddle took over the Dublin Jerome High School wrestling program four years ago, he knew recruiting would be one of his top priorities, especially when it came to trying to fill the upper weight classes.

One particular wrestler, Brett Mowery, caught his attention at Grizzell Middle School.

"I remember going over to watch him and was pretty excited," said Huddle, whose team competes in an OCC-Cardinal Division dual match on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Westerville Central. "Unfortunately, we just haven't had many others in the heavier weight classes."

In fact, this season the Celtics have no wrestlers at 182 pounds, 195 and heavyweight.

But Mowery, a junior who competes at 220, has been a success story for the Celtics, who are 1-3 in the OCC-Cardinal. He is 21-2 and is unbeaten against league opponents, although he has yet to face two of the area's top teams in Marysville and Olentangy.

The Celtics play host to the Monarchs and Braves on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Mowery, who went 2-2 at 215 in the Division I district tournament last season and finished 23-17 a year ago, began this season at heavyweight and won the championship in the Rocks Winter Classic on Dec. 10 at Dublin Coffman. He was runner-up in both the Wazie Invitational on Dec. 3 at Mount Vernon and the Marion Harding Holiday Classic on Dec. 28 and 29.

Mowery first competed at 220 in a dual meet against Westerville North on Jan. 5.

"I got up around 260 during the football season, so I had to cut (weight) pretty hard," he said. "The workouts helped a ton in doing that. I really had to watch what I ate, but it wasn't terrible."

Huddle suggested that Mowery, who is 5-foot-11, drop to a lower weight class because of his height. He typically was facing opponents at heavyweight who are 6-0 or taller.

Mowery embraced the decision.

"He's a very small heavyweight, so the guys who were beating him were leaning on him," Huddle said.

"They could lean on him and slow him down. He was getting wins, but they were close wins because he wasn't able to get to the corner and create a lot of scoring opportunities."

Mowery defeated Dublin Scioto's Yoshi Akutsu 2-1 in overtime at heavyweight on Jan. 26. He also hopes to get an opportunity to face Scioto's top heavyweight, Wes King, who has only four losses, when the three Dublin schools meet in a tri-match Feb. 9 at Coffman.

"The lower weight class has really given me a more even shot against opponents," Mowery said. "It's been tough training without many guys in the upper weight classes. The next guy is at 170. It's Alec (Hood's) first year, but he's definitely helped me improve a lot this year."

Mowery is one of four Jerome returnees who qualified for district last season. The others are seniors Kyle Harness (160) and Jack Austin (145) and junior Bennett Comfort (126).

Casey Nicholson, a 2011 graduate, was the only Celtics wrestler to advance to the state tournament a year ago. He went 0-2 at state at 130.

"We knew Brett was going to have a good run this season," Huddle said. "He's bigger, stronger and faster. Last year at this point, he was at .500. Coming out of football can be tough, but he was really ready to roll this year."