The Grandview Heights High School wrestling team will see familiar faces in the coming weeks.
The Bobcats compete Saturday, Feb. 9, in the 16-team Nye Cardinal Classic at St. Charles. The tournament includes Liberty Union and Licking Heights, which were two of the four teams Grandview faced Feb. 2 at home in the MSL-Cardinal Division Duals.
Grandview then competes in a Division III sectional Feb. 15 and 16 at Madison Plains, and the tournament includes top-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek and West Jefferson. The Bobcats face Amanda-Clearcreek at St. Charles and competed against West Jefferson in the league meet.
"We're going to be seeing a lot of the same wrestlers over the next couple of weeks and that can give us some confidence going into sectionals," coach Chad Davis said. "It helps if you can beat some of the kids beforehand that you are going to meet at sectional."
In the MSL-Cardinal Duals, the Bobcats finished third (2-2) behind Liberty Union (4-0) and West Jefferson (3-1) and ahead of Licking Heights (1-3) and Harvest Prep (0-4).
Winning titles were juniors A.J. Pinyerd (heavyweight) and Anthony Sagsetter (160 pounds) and freshmen Brendan Fitzgerald (120) and Thomas Stanley (170). Freshman Benton Bair (126) was second and sophomore Ben Jump (138) was third.
"We finished third and had six of our eight wrestlers get all-league honors," Davis said. "That's something you can build on."
Boys basketball team stays in hunt
The boys basketball team was 14-3 overall and 10-1 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Liberty Union on Feb. 5.
The Bobcats have a league showdown at home Saturday, Feb. 9, against West Jefferson.
Before Feb. 5, Grandview and Licking Heights were tied atop the MSL-Cardinal, followed by West Jefferson (8-3), Berne Union (4-7), Fisher Catholic (4-7), Harvest Prep (4-7), Liberty Union (3-8) and Millersport (1-10).
Grandview defeated West Jefferson 65-63 on Jan. 8 in the first round of league play. Senior center Andy Treasure scored 20 points and sophomore forward Hunter Schmalz added 11.
"Whenever we play West Jefferson, (the Roughriders) always play with a lot of emotion and come after us hard," coach Ray Corbett said. "We had a nice lead early (25-13 after one quarter in the first meeting), but as it is typically in this rivalry, it came down to the final two minutes."
The Bobcats defeated Millersport 85-49 on Feb. 1 as junior guard Nick Eaton led with 15 points, junior forward Luke Miller scored 13, senior guard Adam Cincione had nine and Treasure and junior forward Nick Schopis both added eight.
Treasure scored 11 points as Grandview lost to Jonathan Alder 51-46 on Jan. 29. Senior guard Payton Jones had 10 points and Miller added nine.
"(The Pioneers) came out and guarded us physically, and we didn't shoot the ball well," Corbett said. "We fought back and took a lead in the fourth, but we picked a bad time to have a couple of turnovers and take a bad shot or two. Those are things we haven't been doing of late, and hopefully we can stay away from doing those kinds of things."
Swimming teams head to sectional
The swimming and diving teams will compete Saturday, Feb. 9, in a Division II sectional meet at Upper Arlington.
There are no automatic berths for the district meet Feb. 15 at Ohio State. Twenty-seven at-large district berths will be awarded for each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until district.
Last season, the boys and girls both won championships in the UA sectional. The boys team scored 383.5 points to outpace Centennial (168), Watterson (159.5), Wellington (125) and Ready (4). The girls team won with 349 points, followed by Centennial (318.5), Wellington (287) and Ready (62.5).
On Feb. 2 in the five-team Upper Arlington Invitational, the Grandview girls finished second (281) behind Watterson (326) and the boys were third (244) behind champion St. Charles (353).
For the girls team, junior Ellie MacLeod won both the 100-yard backstroke (1 minute, 12.79 seconds) and the 100 butterfly (1:14.66). Junior Halli Bair won the 50 freestyle (27.35) and was second in the 500 free (6:31.95).
Senior Lauren Jones was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.8) and junior Maddie Bills was second in the 100 back (1:13.65). Senior Maddy Varner was third in the 500 free (6:54.87) and freshman Mary MacLeod was third in the 100 breast (1:25.8).
The 200 medley relay of Bills, Jones, Ellie MacLeod and sophomore Allie Kramer was second (2:12.72).
Junior Tucker Rinehart led the boys team by winning both the 100 free (52.82) and 200 free (2:01.73). Junior Will Kramer was third in the 100 free (53.5) and junior Peter Bonn was third in the 100 back (1:13.14).
The 200 medley relay of Rinehart, Will Kramer, senior Chad Carter and junior Josh Smith was second (1:51.87).
Girls basketball team nearing postseason
The girls basketball team was 9-10 overall before playing Ready on Feb. 6.
The Bobcats fell to 2-9 in the MSL-Cardinal by losing to West Jefferson 40-18 on Feb. 2 as sophomore forward Ali Lachey scored six points and sophomore guard Megan McCauley added five.
Grandview closes the regular season Tuesday, Feb. 12, at home against Millersport. The Bobcats won 34-22 on Dec. 15 in the first round of MSL-Cardinal play as sophomore forward Grace Palmer scored 15 points and senior center Connor Skeen added nine.
On Jan. 29, Grandview lost to league-leading Liberty Union 56-19.
Sophomore forward Allison Voelker led with 16 points as the Bobcats beat Horizon Science 51-30 on Feb. 1. Palmer had 15 points and sophomore guard Madison Osborne added eight.
The Bobcats are seeded 12th of 23 teams in the Division III district tournament and play at home against 13th-seeded East Knox on Feb. 16 in a first-round game. The winner plays at home against 14th-seeded Galion Northmor on Feb. 21.
Bowling teams prep for sectionals
The boys bowling team was 10-5 overall before competing against Hilliard Darby on Feb. 6. The girls team was 4-7 overall before facing Darby.
The boys tied Watterson for fifth (10-5) in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division behind champion Ready (14-1). The girls finished eighth (3-7) in the COHSBC-Central behind champion Ready (10-0).
The girls team will compete in a sectional tournament Feb. 15 at Columbus Western Bowl and the boys team will compete in a sectional Feb. 16 at Eastland Lanes. The top nine teams and top nine individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Feb. 22 (boys) and Feb. 23 (girls) at HP Lanes.