With just three wrestlers on the roster, the Columbus Academy wrestling team has become a close-knit family.

With just three wrestlers on the roster, the Columbus Academy wrestling team has become a close-knit family.

As Johnston Allinder competed in the Grandview Invitational on Jan. 22, the families of teammates Dan Leathery and Jeremy Schroeder enthusiastically cheered on the sophomore.

The Vikings had seven wrestlers on the roster the past two seasons. However, Jacob Peters and Mike Roehrenbeck graduated last spring and three others opted not to return for their senior seasons.

Consequently, Academy hasn't had much success at the team level this season, but the three wrestlers have done well individually.

The Vikings managed to finish ahead of three teams in the 16-team Grandview Invitational, scoring 42.5 points to place 13th behind champion Whitehall (319) and ahead of Africentric (30), Columbus East (26) and Eastmoor Academy (4).

"I've never been on a team where we didn't have enough people to be able to win a dual meet unless the other team was short on kids, too, so that hasn't been as big of a frustration, because it's never whether the team could win, it was more individual," Leathery said.

Leathery, a junior, has the most experience of the three. He finished third at Grandview at 140 pounds, posting a 3-1 record to raise his season record to 11-4. He finished first at 145 in the Hudson Western Reserve Duals on Jan. 8.

Leathery was 0-2 at the Division II sectional tournament each of the past two seasons, marks he hopes to improve on this season.

"I'm hoping to keep wrestling well and hopefully qualify for districts," he said. "I have to work better at getting out on bottom. That's something I haven't been great at. I'm pretty solid on my feet. Hopefully, I will learn to turn people a little better."

Leathery considered leaving the team during the preseason, but ultimately decided to continue his commitment to the program.

"It was a tough decision to make obviously, because the three seniors were gone and we have a three-person team, but I'm definitely proud that I am sticking with it," Leathery said.

Allinder went 3-2 at 160 at Grandview to place fifth and raise his season record to 6-8, which includes a runner-up finish at 160 at the Western Reserve Duals. He was 0-2 at 152 at sectional last season.

"I'm hoping this year to go at least a little further," Allinder said. "I hope I have more experience and more technique and I know what I'm doing."

A freshman, Schroeder is showing promise, according to fifth-year coach Paul Bukky.

Schroeder is 6-6 after placing sixth at 135 at the Grandview Invitational. He was third at 135 at the Western Reserve Duals.

"I considered leaving the team, but I decided it would be worth it to stay, but it's tough having three people," Schroeder said.

All three wrestlers began competing in the sport in seventh grade at Academy. Each emphasized that the limited roster has allowed for more one-on-one interaction with Bukky and first-year assistant coach Matt Ely.

"It's kind of nice because we have coach Bukky and since it's just the three of us, we get real good one-on-one attention," Allinder said.

"They're great kids," Bukky said. "They'll do everything that you ask them to do. Sometimes you've got it and sometimes you don't, but they enjoy the other aspects of the sport - the friendships, we're working together, we're all trying to accomplish a goal. They enjoy that aspect of it."

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Academy boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 13 - Defeated Licking Valley 60-49 (2OT). Dan Aronowitz scored 20 points and Tim Eldridge scored 12.

*Jan. 15 - Def. Lakewood 66-50. Aronowitz had 15 points, Zach Ratcliff scored 14, Austin Peterman scored 11 and Eldridge scored 10.

Jan. 18 - Def. Jonathan Alder 52-48. Aronowitz had 20 points, Eldridge scored 11 and Ratcliff scored 10.

*Jan. 21 - Lost to Bexley 76-72. Ratcliff had 19 points, Aronowitz scored 18, Jacob Mikalov scored 13 and Eldridge scored 12.

*Jan. 25 - Played Newark Catholic

*Jan. 29 - Home vs. Heath. Academy lost to Heath 59-56 on Dec. 8.

Of note: The Vikings were 8-4 overall and 4-3 in the MSL-Ohio before Jan. 25.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 14 - Lost to Newark Catholic 43-33. LaShaun Ransom scored 13 points.

*Jan. 18 - Def. Heath 49-32. Erin Simmons had 15 points and Allie Roehrenbeck scored 11.

*Jan. 20 - Game vs. Granville postponed and rescheduled for Feb. 7.

*Jan. 22 - Def. Whitehall 45-28. Ransom had 16 points and Aubree Dipman scored 10.

Jan. 26 - Played Wellington

*Jan. 28 - At Granville

*Feb. 1 - At Licking Valley. Academy won the first game 34-33 on Dec. 18.

Of note: The Vikings were 8-4 overall before Jan. 26 and are 5-4 in the MSL-Ohio.

*MSL-Ohio game

BOWLING

*Jan. 10 - Boys: Lost to Brookhaven 2,272-1,546. Christian Amland had team-high 316 series; Girls: Lost to Brookhaven 1,457-1,323. Kristin Lampe had team-high 249 series.

*Jan. 12 - Boys: Lost to Centennial 1,649-1,605. Victor Liu had team-high 315 series; Girls: Def. Centennial 1,455-1,351. Sarah Kerr had team-high 280 series.

*Jan. 19 - Boys: Lost to Columbus West 1,580-1,525. Amland had team-high 319 series; Girls: Def. West 1,560-1,434. Carolyn Vara had team-high 275 series.

*Jan. 24 - Boys: Lost to Ready 1,799-1,390; Girls: Lost to Ready 1,650-1,327

*Jan. 26 - Competed against Watterson

*Jan. 31 - Northland at Sequoia Pro Bowl

*Feb. 2 - Beechcroft at Eastland Lanes

Of note: The boys were 3-7 in the COHSBC-Central and the girls were 5-3 in the COHSBC-Central before Jan. 26.

*COHSBC-Central match

SWIMMING & DIVING

Jan. 13 - Boys: Def. Wellington 110-50, def. Hartley 113-41 and def. Canal Winchester 109-45. Finishing first were William Rosler in the 50-yard freestyle (22.33), Brett Balasky in the 100 free (54.0), Jon Petrie in the 100 backstroke (1:09.62) and the 400 free relay (3:20.59); Girls: Def. Wellington 119-50, def. Canal Winchester 120-42 and lost to Hartley 89-81. Finishing first were Abby Brown in the 200 individual medley (2:20.03), Sarah Wilson in the 50 free (27.0), the 200 free relay (1:48.11) and the 400 free relay (3:53.12).

Jan. 21 - Boys: Lost to Gahanna 92-78. Finishing first were the 200 medley relay (1:48.87), Conrad Wuorinen in the 200 IM (2:06.34) and 100 free (50.76), Rosler in the 50 free (22.26) and 100 back (54.97), and William Westwater in the 200 free (1:56.52); Girls: Def. Gahanna 92-73. Finishing first were Brown in the 50 free (26.21) and 100 free (58.8), the 200 medley relay (1:59.77), Lindsay Bowman in the 200 free (2:26.62), and the 400 free relay (3:58.73).

Jan. 22 - Lost to Granville 96-74. Finishing first were Wuorinen in the 200 IM (2:06.28) and 100 butterfly (56.49), Rosler in the 500 free (5:11.86) and 100 breaststroke (1:04.66), Balasky in the 100 back (1:00.64), the 200 free relay (1:33.07) and the 400 free relay (3:32.87); Girls: Lost to Granville 106-64. Finishing first were Brown in the 100 fly (1:00.23) and 100 back (1:05.56), India Sherman in the 200 IM (2:20.47) and the 200 medley relay (1:57.08)

Jan. 25 - Competed against DeSales

Jan. 27 - MSL diving championships at Columbus Aquatic Center

Jan. 29 - MSL swimming championships at home

WRESTLING

*Jan. 20 - Matches against Bexley and Licking Valley were postponed. Makeup date has yet to be announced.

Jan. 22 - Finished 13th (42.5) in 16-team Grandview Invitational, behind champion Whitehall (319)

Jan. 27 - Home vs. Lakewood and Northland

Jan. 29 - At New Lexington

*MSL-Ohio match