On the surface, a ninth-place finish at its home Bobcat Invitational does not seem particularly impressive for the Grandview Heights High School wrestling team.

On the surface, a ninth-place finish at its home Bobcat Invitational does not seem particularly impressive for the Grandview Heights High School wrestling team.

But considering the Bobcats had just six wrestlers competing last Friday and Saturday, including two in their first varsity tournament, there was little for coach Andy DiSabato to complain about.

Tyler Fitzgerald (140 pounds) and Michael Falk (152) both won titles. Dan Satterthwaite finished second at heavyweight.

The return of Satterthwaite might have been the best news of the weekend for Grandview. Satterthwaite, a district qualifier at 215 last season, had not wrestled all season because of a football injury. He entered last weekend's tournament unseeded, but knocked off the second and third seeds before losing to top-seeded Isaac Redfern of Central Crossing 3-2 in the final.

"We were real pleased to get him back in the lineup," coach Andy DiSabato said. "We're not sure if he'll end up being heavyweight or 215, but we'll decide that shortly."

Fitzgerald, who also won a title at the Bobcat Invitational last season, beat Chad Jones of Marion-Franklin 6-5 in the final. Fitzgerald narrowly missed out on the Most Outstanding Wrestler award, as Marion-Franklin's Filandus Boyd (112) took that honor.

Falk won his first career Bobcat Invitational title, although it came in anti-climactic fashion. Falk picked up two technical falls and a pin on the way to reaching the final, but second-seeded Tommy Bolon of Bexley was injured in his semifinal win and had to forfeit the final. Falk is now 21-1, with his only loss coming by pin against defending state champion Jake Howe of Blanchester at the Elgin Comet Classic on Jan. 16.

Freshmen Tommy Wolford (215), C.J. Flowers (189) and Matt Kientz (160) also competed for the Bobcats. It was the first varsity tournament for Flowers and Kientz. Kientz went 1-2 and picked up his first win at the event. Flowers and Wolford both finished 0-2.

Grandview travels to Marion Pleasant for the Sally George Invitational on Friday and Saturday. DiSabato said the event is probably the second-most competitive tournament all season for his team, behind the Comet Classic. Plenty of solid Division III teams are competing this season, including Pleasant, North Union, Bucyrus and New Washington Buckeye Central. There are a total of 17 teams at the event, and DiSabato said the size and strength of the field could actually allow the Bobcats to place fairly high in the team standings.

"Sometimes when you have a hard tournament, if you have four guys do well, that can move you up there," DiSabato said. "It's not like a dual, where you're in trouble if you don't have enough guys."

•The bowling team is looking to reverse a recent trend over the final few weeks of the regular season as it prepares for the sectional tournament on Feb. 19.

Coach Tony Thivener said the Bobcats seemed to be right on track this winter until a string of disappointing results over the past two weeks.

"If I had to describe the season in one word, it would be 'rollercoaster,'" Thivener said. "We can bowl just exceptionally well and then turn around and do a complete 180. We started off kind of slow, and then we were really kind of peaking about two weeks ago."

The boys team was 3-9 overall and 2-3 in the COC-Blue Division before playing Westerville South last Tuesday. Thivener said sophomore Conner Sarich has shown the most consistent improvement and was averaging 161 before last Tuesday.

The Bobcats rolled a season-high in a 2,128-1,996 loss to Jonathan Alder on Jan. 11, but they scored between 1,614 and 1,791 in each of the next three matches heading into last Tuesday's match against Westerville South. Thivener said competing against the elite teams in the area, including all three Westerville schools, can sometimes throw bowlers off their game.

"What I tell the kids is that we're just trying to improve ourselves," Thivener said. "I try not to let them worry about what the other teams are doing. I think if our team can stay focused on just improving our averages, then the wins are going to come."

The girls team, which only has four bowlers, is staying upbeat despite a 0-11 overall record. Without a full team, Thivener said his team understands that winning any match is unlikely, but he has seen steady improvement from all four bowlers.

Rebecca Bollmeyer bowled a team-best 202 in practice on Jan. 15 and has rolled 149 or higher two other times during matches. Thivener said Anna Field also has made significant strides after making some technique changes in the past month.


At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Grandview Heights boys basketball, bowling, girls basketball, gymnastics and swimming and diving teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jan. 19 -- Lost to North Union 54-50 (OT). David Geygan and Ben Sheets each scored 12 points. *Last Friday -- Defeated West Jefferson 48-47. Geygan and Wells each scored 13 points. *Last Wednesday -- Played Licking Heights *Saturday -- Home vs. Harvest Prep Wednesday -- Home vs. Horizon Science

Of note: The Bobcats were 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the MSL-Cardinal before last Wednesday.

*MSL-Cardinal game

BOWLING

Jan. 19 -- Boys: Lost to Columbus West 2,034-1,791; Girls: Lost to West 1,457-1,000 *Last Friday -- Boys: Lost to Westerville Central 2,375-1,779; Girls: Lost to Central 2,194-804 *Last Tuesday -- Played Westerville South *Last Wednesday -- Played Westerville North *Friday -- At Sawmill Lanes vs. Olentangy Liberty *Feb. 4 -- At Sawmill Lanes vs. Watterson

Of note: The boys were 3-9 overall and 2-3 in the COC-Blue before last Tuesday and last Wednesday. The girls were 0-11 overall and 0-4 in the COC-Blue before last Tuesday and last Wednesday.

*COC-Blue match

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 19 -- Lost to Harvest Prep 46-28. Paige Lachey scored eight points. *Jan. 21 -- Lost to Liberty Union 36-34. Danielle Clark scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Last Monday -- Lost to Bloom-Carroll 41-32 Last Wednesday -- Played Johnstown *Friday -- Home vs. Millersport *Tuesday -- At Berne Union

Of note: The Bobcats were 6-7 overall before last Monday and last Wednesday and are 3-6 in the MSL-Cardinal.

*MSL-Cardinal game

GYMNASTICS

Last Saturday -- Finished 13th at Worthington Kilbourne Invitational with 92.85 points, behind champion Mentor (134) Friday -- At Washington Court House Miami Trace Wednesday -- At Kilbourne

SWIMMING & DIVING

Last Saturday -- Boys: Def. Heath 157-66; Girls: Def. Heath 201-57. Hallie Kerr broke the program record in the 100 butterfly (1:11.66) Last Wednesday -- Diving: Competed at MSL meet Saturday -- Swimming: MSL meet at Columbus Academy Feb. 13 -- Division II sectional meet