The spirit of junior Zach Holloway of the Gahanna Lincoln High School wrestling team hasn't been dampened by the fact that he was sidelined for a month with an injury.

The spirit of junior Zach Holloway of the Gahanna Lincoln High School wrestling team hasn't been dampened by the fact that he was sidelined for a month with an injury.

A season after going 0-2 at 145 pounds in the Division I sectional tournament at Pickerington North, Holloway, who is competing at 152 this season, hurt his right ankle during the Olentangy Liberty Classic on Dec. 10.

He returned Jan. 12 for OCC-Ohio Division wins over Groveport (52-21) and Newark (61-6), winning both of his matches. He then placed fourth in the 34-team Marion Elgin Invitational on Jan. 13 and 14 and won his match during a 47-25 loss to Pickerington North on Jan. 19.

The success he's had since returning to the lineup has him believing that qualifying for the district tournament still could be within reach.

"(My ankle) is better, although it's still a little tender," Holloway said. "A kid shot an ankle pick at me and I got a high ankle sprain. It felt great to be back out there last week. I've had some good shots and have been wrestling hard."

Others who earned victories against Pickerington North were junior Drew McDougle (132), junior Kasee McDougle (138), senior Brandon Shirey (145) and junior Collin Blaney (182).

Much of Gahanna's lineup is comprised of sophomores, including Spencer Pearson (106) and Adam Davis (170), who are in their first year on varsity.

"Zach Holloway got hurt during our second tournament of the year and came back and wrestled very well at the (Elgin tournament)," coach Kyle Bentley said. "He beat two of the top four guys there, so he wrestled very well. He's just not back into wrestling shape yet.

"Collin Blaney is a happy-go-lucky kid who has a good attitude. Brandon Shirey had a good match (against Pickerington North). Spencer Pearson lives with his dad in the summer and went to three or four (wrestling) camps and has an athletic build. Adam Davis is really a 152-pounder but has been wrestling 170 because we can't find a different spot for him. He doesn't back down to anybody and could be a key component the next couple years."

•MILESTONE WIN - Drew McDougle's season - and career - continue to roll along.

During the first day of the Elgin Invitational, he recorded his 100th career victory. He went on to finish second in the tournament and also won his match against Pickerington North.

Heading into the Lions Duals on Jan. 21, McDougle had 18 pins on the season and 105 victories for his career. The program's single-season record for pins is 24, according to Bentley.

McDougle wrestled at 112 and advanced to the state tournament as a freshman. Last season at 130, his season ended when he got hurt in a district semifinal.

"(Winning my 100th match) was kind of mind-blowing for a second," he said. "My dad told me about it after the match, and I said, 'Are you serious?' My coach just congratulated me for it.

"I know my dad told me I'm close to (the program record for pins in a season). I didn't really come close to it last year, so it's nice. (Wrestling at 132) is a better weight for me."

•ALSO MENDING - Senior Connor Noel, a team captain who was a district qualifier last year, is hoping an injury doesn't keep him from reaching his goal of advancing to state.

Noel placed eighth at 160 in the Elgin Invitational but suffered a meniscus tear that is expected to sideline him for at least a month. He hopes to return for the postseason, Bentley said.