Logan Mosher of the Dublin Jerome High School wrestling team had looked at the scoreboard and listened to his coaches. He knew what was at stake.
The Dublin City Championships on Dec. 13 essentially had come down to his 138-pound match against Coffman's Willy Plaisir. Never before had the Celtics succeeded at earning Dublin bragging rights.
Jerome trailed the Shamrocks by five points and needed a strong showing, knowing one of its top wrestlers, senior Bennett Comfort (145), would handle the last match.
Mosher and Plaisir provided plenty of drama and brought both benches and the crowd at Jerome to its feet. At 5 minutes, 40 seconds, the referee awarded Mosher a pin.
"When he threw me on my back I knew I had to keep fighting," Mosher said. "I ended up catching him and rolling him and knocking him on his back a couple of times. I knew we were both getting tired, but I had to keep fighting through it. At that point, it was just all about heart and who wanted it more."
Comfort won his match against Coffman's Kevin Bedle 7-1, securing a 37-33 victory over the Shamrocks. Jerome also defeated Scioto 46-21 to win the first Hibernia Cup, which now is awarded to the winner of the Dublin City Championships.
Coffman had retained bragging rights for five consecutive seasons until the three schools each won a match last February in the annual event.
Along with awarding the Hibernia Cup, the winner now is determined by the number of head-to-head matches won if each team goes 1-1.
"It was great to see a lot of people here and there were a lot of exciting matches," Jerome coach Adam Huddle said. "It even came down to the last match and that's a lot of fun when that happens. We knew we just needed a win from Logan because we had Bennett coming up after that."
The Celtics take that momentum into their first OCC-Cardinal Division dual against visiting Westerville Central on Thursday, Dec. 20.
Coffman, whose lineup is dominated by freshmen and sophomores, defeated Scioto 37-32.
The Shamrocks remain strongest in the middle weights led by seniors Jared Renner (152) and returning state alternate Markell Wooden (160).
"The dual and the match against Jerome could've gone either way, but they were the better team," Coffman coach Chance Van Gundy said. "We're going to get better. We had five freshmen in our lineup, but our young kids are hungry."
Those freshmen who have been in the lineup include Lukas Manarolla (113), Nicky Nguyen (120), Nate Longo (126), Plaisir (138), Stephen Headings (170) and Sterling Roseberry (220).
Coffman went 3-2 and took third behind champion Pickerington Central in the Wolfpack Classic on Dec. 15 at Worthington Kilbourne. The Shamrocks won their pool with victories over Mason's B team (43-31), Reynoldsburg (56-14) and St. Charles (51-24) before losing to Central (47-27) and Kilbourne (37-35).
Scioto's Yoshi Akutsu remains one of the top heavyweights in the area. He took second in the Panther Invitational on Dec. 15 at Pickerington North, where the Irish finished 15th (40) of 16 teams, behind champion Hilliard Darby (209).
David McCruter (195) was sixth.
Akutsu also won the Olentangy Invitational on Dec. 1.
"We're a young team, but our younger wrestlers haven't been giving up bonus points and they're keeping matches close," Scioto coach Aaron McKenzie said.