The wrestling careers of Heath High School seniors Dom Barlow, Travis Drumm and Mason Robinson are winding down.

The wrestling careers of Heath High School seniors Dom Barlow, Travis Drumm and Mason Robinson are winding down.

Their influence likely will continue to be felt long after they graduate, however.

"We had a laugh just today when Travis and (sophomore) Gunner (Loughman) were getting after each other in practice," coach Roger Morgan said.

"Gunner caught him with a real nice throw. I think it surprised him as much as it did Travis. That's the benefit you get from working out with someone like that."

Entering the Division III district tournament Feb. 25-26 at Coshocton, the senior trio had combined to win 478 matches, led by Robinson's 164-30 record. Barlow, already a three-time state placer, was 161-23 and Drumm was 153-24.

Barlow is likely to continue his career in college, although many scholarship offers are not forthcoming until after a wrestler's senior season has ended. Drumm has signed to play football at Tiffin University. Robinson already is considering a way to give back to a program that he and his classmates have helped put on the map.

"Mason's talking about coming back to help out next year at the junior high," Morgan said. "In trying to take things to the next level, that's the kind of commitment we'll need after this group leaves."

Robinson was the only member of the trio to make it to this point in the season without an injury. He was 46-4 at 160 pounds entering the district tournament. Drumm, who missed time with a separated shoulder, was 27-1 at 215. Barlow, who has missed time because of an injured hamstring, was 23-2 at 152. All three won sectional titles Feb. 19 at Cardington, and Loughman was 23-20 at 171 while also qualifying for district.

"It seems like we were taking Dom to state for the first time as a freshman just yesterday," Morgan said. "That group's definitely set a tone here, and hopefully we'll be able to keep building on it once they leave.

"You have to have guys like that to attract other guys like that. We've got some freshmen chomping at the bit here now, and it's carried all the way down to our third- and fourth-graders. Those youngsters have seen what's possible if you're willing to put in the time and the effort."

BASKETBALL - Three Licking County girls teams advanced to a district semifinal. The biggest surprise was Lakewood, which was seeded 17th in Division II but upset sixth-seeded Hartley 47-39 in a second-round game on Feb. 23. Newark in Division I and Johnstown in Division III also advanced.

In the boys tournament, Granville's 65-57 come-from-behind win over eighth-seeded Licking Heights in a Division II first-round game Feb. 23 at Lakewood highlighted the opening week of play. Newark in Division I, Northridge in Division III and Newark Catholic in Division IV also won their postseason openers.

The sixth-seeded Blue Aces trailed 42-20 in the third quarter before a 33-6 run put them ahead to stay 53-48 with 4 minutes, 31 seconds remaining. Ryan Green scored 19 points and was 8-of-8 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Ken Laney had six points and 10 rebounds. Scott Owen scored all 12 of his points in the second half as the Blue Aces, who shared the MSL-Ohio Division title with Heath, improved to 16-5 overall.

"I'm a first-year coach, and I think as a team we're playing for some respect," Granville's Jamie Pearson said. "We weren't happy with some of the (all-league and all-District 11) selections that haven't been (publicly) announced yet. I think Scott Owen, in particular, felt slighted. He's our leading scorer (13.9 points per game) and our best defender."

SWIMMING - Granville swept the Division II district team championships Feb. 18 at Ohio State and qualified a slew of individuals and relay teams to the state meet that concluded Feb. 25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. The girls team set three meet records at district, including the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:37.68). Freshman Sydney King also set meet records in the 200 free (1:52.9) and 500 free (4:58.01).