The Northridge High School wrestling team is one step from state.
The second-seeded Vikings defeated two teams in Division III, Region 22-A duals Jan. 30 at Galion Northmor to advance to the Region 22 championship.
Northridge plays host to Hartley on Wednesday, Feb. 6, with the winner advancing to the state tournament Saturday, Feb. 9, at Ohio State's St. John Arena. The eight regional champions will compete, beginning with state quarterfinal matches.
"We don't know much about Hartley, but we are going to try and figure out as much as we can," coach Eric Potts said of the Hawks, who were seeded second in Region 22-B and defeated top-seed West Jefferson 39-33 on Jan. 30 to advance. "This is something the kids are really pumped up about and to have a chance to be a state qualifier in the first year of the (state-dual tournament) is great."
The Vikings advanced out of Region 22-A by defeating sixth-seeded Mount Gilead 64-13 and top-seeded Northmor 43-27.
Against Mount Gilead, Jake Adkins (106 pounds), Shane Mulligan (132), Thomas Williams (152), Rob Mickey (160), Jon Barber (195) and A.J. Mooney (220) won by pin. Heavyweight Anthoney Verhovec and Parker Fox (170) won by major decision.
Against Northmor, Adkins (106), Drew Mullen (138), Williams (152), Rudy (182) and Barber (195) had pins. Mulligan (132) won by major decision and Mickey (160) won by decision.
In the 21-team Jimmy Wood Memorial on Jan. 26 at New Lexington, Northridge finished fourth (234) behind champion St. Paris Graham (448.5). Mullen (138) was the lone champion, with Adkins (106) finishing as runner-up and Mulligan (132), Williams (152) and Mickey (160) placing third. Wade Stischok (145) and Verhovec (heavyweight) were fourth and Rudy (182) was sixth.
The Vikings will compete in a Division III sectional Feb. 15 and 16 at Cardington. Northridge is the second overall seed in the district behind Amanda-Clearcreek.
Girls basketball team to face Johnstown
The girls basketball team lost to Loudonville 51-38 on Jan. 31 and was 2-17 overall and 1-11 in the MBC before playing Utica on Feb. 2.
"Our biggest improvement has come on the defensive side," coach Fred Davis said. "(What) we need to work on more is running our (offensive) sets."
The Vikings close their MBC schedule Saturday, Feb. 9, at home against Johnstown-Monroe. On Jan. 5, the Vikings lost to the Johnnies 82-39 as junior point guard Sara Pribonic and sophomore post player Belinda Marcum both scored eight points.
"Sara has been our glue in the way she attacks on offense, which sets up the other players," said Davis, whose team lost a league game to Fredericktown 51-17 on Jan. 26.
Boys basketball team to play two MBC games
The boys basketball team was 6-11 overall and 3-7 in the MBC before playing Fredericktown on Feb. 1.
The Vikings play Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Loudonville. They defeated the Redbirds 56-41 on Jan. 4 as junior guard Matt Grindle scored 20 points and sophomore guard Chad Campbell had 17.
On Friday, Feb. 8, Northridge plays at Utica. Senior guard Hayden Warner scored 18 points as the Vikings lost the first matchup 50-49 on Jan. 8.
Campbell had 18 points and senior guard Sean Higgins and Warner both had 10 as Northridge lost a league game to Centerburg 69-56 on Jan. 25.
On Jan. 29, Northridge lost to Tree of Life 78-63. Grindle scored 20 points.