The Marysville High School wrestling team is gearing up for the first Division I state dual tournament.
The Monarchs are the top seed in Region 5-A and face eighth-seeded Dublin Scioto on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at home in the first round.
"We like the tournament," coach Shawn Andrews said. "It's just like the sectional or district tournament (for individuals). You really don't know what you're going to get the following week, so we'll focus on this week and wrestle the best (we) can keeping guys healthy, and after that week, you focus on whoever you are going to wrestle next."
The winner faces fourth-seeded Ashland or fifth-seeded Olentangy on Jan. 30, followed by a regional semifinal that day against Delaware, Dublin Coffman, Olentangy Orange or Westerville Central.
The winner of Region 5-A faces the winner of Region 5-B in a regional final Feb. 6. The teams in Region 5-B are Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby, New Albany, Thomas Worthington, Westerville North, Westerville South, Whetstone and Worthington Kilbourne.
The winners of each of the eight regions meet Feb. 9 in the state tournament at Ohio State's St. John Arena.
"We wrestle Dublin Scioto in the first round and we didn't have a very good dual with them last year," Andrews said. "We won (45-25), but we didn't wrestle that well, so we're focused on wrestling them more consistently and then moving on to the following week."
Marysville defeated Central Crossing 52-18 and Westland 58-15 in OCC-Central Division matches Jan. 17 to improve to 5-0 in the league. The Monarchs also defeated Thomas 43-27 and Upper Arlington 53-31 on Jan. 11 at UA.
After the Jan. 17 duals, Noah Forrider (145 pounds) was 23-0, Chase Boyd (160) was 22-1, David Sparks (126) was 21-4, Morgan Miller (220) was 17-3, Darius Walker (heavyweight) was 15-4 and Austin Pfarr (195) was 17-5.
Marysville will play host to Hilliard Davidson on Jan. 31 in a league match. The Wildcats are seeded first in Region 6-A of the state dual tournament.
Boys basketball team falls to Bellefontaine
The boys basketball team opened a 34-25 lead over host Bellefontaine before the Chieftains rallied for a 62-55 win Jan 15.
The Chieftains outscored the Monarchs 21-8 in the third quarter.
Junior guard Logan Roston led Marysville with 18 points, and senior forward Steven Romesburg scored 13. The loss snapped Marysville's two-game winning streak.
Roston scored 19 points, Romesburg scored 17 and senior guard Kody Davisson scored 14 in an 86-58 win over Central Crossing on Jan. 8.
The Monarchs also defeated Davidson 62-52 on Jan. 11 as Romesburg scored 20 points, Roston scored 17 and Davisson scored 15.
Marysville was 4-8 overall and 2-5 in the OCC-Central before playing Westland on Jan. 18.
"We've talked to our guys about coming ready to play and focused and I thought we took a huge step forward going to Central Crossing and then winning at home against Hilliard Davidson," coach Ryan Grose said.
"Then we go and take a step back with not doing those same things in our game (against Bellefontaine). It's a little bit disappointing because our kids have been there. We have five seniors and I would have thought that we would have handled that, and it's a little disappointing because that's a game all of us know that we should have played better in."
Girls basketball team defeats Delaware
The girls basketball team was looking to build on its 48-37 win over Delaware on Jan. 15 when it played Westland on Jan. 18. The Monarchs entered the game 5-9 overall and 0-8 in the OCC-Central.
Senior post player Katy Turner scored 17 points and sophomore post player Hannah Long scored 10 against Delaware.
"It was nice to get a win, especially against Delaware. It's a pretty big rival for Marysville," coach Aric Tucker said.
Senior guard Kayla Ogan scored eight points against Delaware and 13 in a 53-32 loss to Davidson on Jan. 11.
The team held its annual "Pink Out" game, which raises funds for cancer awareness, against Delaware. Tucker estimated more than $1,500 was raised.