Like many brothers close in age, Josh and Seth Transue are highly competitive with each other, and at times their competitiveness can be quite spirited.
That's why Dublin Jerome High School wrestling coach Adam Huddle decided last season that it probably wasn't a good idea to pair the brothers against each other in practice. However, he has since changed his mind.
"We made sure to keep them apart last season, but this year we knew they had to be practice partners," Huddle said. "They really didn't want to do it at first, but they're going to compete every day and push each other a little bit harder, and that's what they need."
Josh, a senior competing at 113 pounds, and Seth, a sophomore competing at 106, both are returning Division I district qualifiers. The two came up through the Little Rocks youth wrestling program at Coffman.
"It can get personal sometimes," Seth said of their competitiveness. "We've gotten into a couple of fights in the wrestling room, but it stays there. Our goal is to make each other better. I know Josh really wanted to make state last year. Hopefully, we can both get there this year."
Josh went 2-2 at district a year ago at 113, falling one win shy of advancing to state and finishing 36-10 on the season. Seth went 0-2 at district at 106, finishing 34-11.
"I'm taking it pretty seriously," Josh said. "I try to remind myself that this is my last shot and I don't have the excuse that I have next year any longer."
Both of the Transue brothers are off to a strong start this season. Josh finished first and Seth placed second in their respective weight classes in the 12-team Bad Apple Brawl on Nov. 30 at Mount Vernon, helping the Celtics place fifth (344) behind champion Delaware (531).
Josh is 11-1 heading into an OCC-Cardinal Division dual Thursday, Dec. 12, at Westerville Central and Seth is 10-1. Seth's only loss was a forfeit in the championship match of the Bad Apple Brawl, as Huddle decided to not let him compete because of a "tweaked neck."
"They're very different wrestlers, just like they're so very different kids," Huddle said. "Seth has no fear and he's a little more slick. He's a kid who likes to have fun and get a lot of style points. Josh, on the other hand, is the quiet grinder who will beat on you and push you around."
Both of the Transues went unbeaten in five matches in the London Duals on Dec. 7. The Celtics went 2-3 in the event while having a number of empty weight classes in their lineup.
Jerome defeated Dayton Ponitz Career Technology Center 54-6 and the London B team 56-6 and lost to New Lexington 39-27, London 42-40 and Circleville 48-30.
The Celtics had been scheduled to compete in the Marysville Duals on Dec. 7, but the event was postponed because of bad weather.
'Rocks earn city bragging rights
Coffman won the Dublin City Championships for the sixth time in the event's eight-year history, posting lopsided victories over Jerome and host Scioto on Dec. 5.
The Shamrocks defeated the Celtics 50-19, winning three weight classes by forfeit, and beat the Irish 70-5, winning six weight classes by forfeit, to earn the Hibernia Cup, which was awarded to the champion of the event for the first time last season.
Jerome defeated Scioto 40-28 to place second.
Conor Sheridan (120), Aymen Zennouzi (126), Adnan Mohamud (132), Adam Zennouzi (152), Ben Frye (195), Jarrod Sotos (220) and Riley Young (heavyweight) all won two matches for the Shamrocks.
Coffman won the first four Dublin City Championships outright. The three teams shared the title in the 2010-11 season, as the Shamrocks beat Jerome 32-26, the Celtics defeated Scioto 44-21 and the Irish beat the Shamrocks 39-38.
Coffman regained sole possession of the title in the 2011-12 season, beating Jerome 50-19 and Scioto 44-16. The Celtics won their first outright title last season, beating the Shamrocks 37-33 and the Irish 46-21.
Irish's Wallace places third in tournament
Scioto senior Cameron Wallace (160) placed third at 160 in the Olentangy Invitational on Dec. 7, as the Irish scored 32 points to finish last in the nine-team event behind champion Thomas Worthington (189).
Matthew Michel (120) and Jeffrey Jarry (182) both placed fifth in the event, in which Scioto had only six wrestlers compete.
"It's difficult to keep their spirits up when our team scores aren't that good, but the guys are improving," coach Aaron McKenzie said. "We have a lot of empty weight classes, but if you look (at the Dublin City Championships), we outscored Jerome 22-10 in matches that we didn't forfeit."