The DeSales High School wrestling team has had some dependable contributors this season.

The DeSales High School wrestling team has had some dependable contributors this season.

But a combination of low numbers and youth has kept the Stallions, who have been competitive at times, from hitting their stride.

The Stallions enter the final week of the regular season with a 4-2 record in dual meets but without a top-10 finish in a tournament since opening in the eight-team Tony Pizzurro Memorial Tournament on Dec. 3 at home, when they scored a season-high 109 points and placed a season-best fourth.

"We're pretty happy with our dual record," coach Dennis Lyberger said. "As tough as things have been for us overall, we still think we have a good shot to get some guys out to state. We're hoping for at least two, maybe three. Some young guys are going to get experience in the sectional meet and maybe at districts, and that's going to be good."

Seniors Jason Allen (160 pounds) and Joey Lyberger (170) and junior Ian Ferguson (182) won championships in the Pizzurro tournament, and that trio has been responsible for most of the team's success since.

Allen finished first at 160 and Ferguson was second at 182 in Pickerington North's Panther Duals on Dec. 17. Allen and Ferguson finished third in those weight classes, and sophomore R.J. Martin was fifth at 132 in Delaware's Rieman Invitational on Jan. 28.

"We've been up and down," Ferguson said. "We've wrestled well in some duals against teams maybe people thought we wouldn't beat. It seems like it's either been one extreme or the other. (Last) Saturday, we got second-to-last at Delaware, but Jason and I both got third and R.J. was fifth. We have a group that's capable of winning, of doing well."

The Stallions will be without Lyberger, the coach's son, for the remainder of the season. He was 14-5 when he suffered a shoulder injury, marking the third consecutive year in which an injury has prematurely ended his season. He had a dislocated elbow as a sophomore and shoulder injury as a junior.

The Stallions end the regular season with a dual Feb. 9 at Hilliard Darby and the CCL meet Feb. 11 at Watterson.

"We're gradually getting there," coach Lyberger said. "We're still young. A lot of our guys are freshmen and sophomores, and they're increasingly competitive."

•Seven top-four finishes for the girls swimming and diving team and four for the boys propelled both teams to fourth-place finishes in the CCL meet that concluded Jan. 28 at St. Charles.

Suzanne Hrabowy was second in the 100-yard freestyle (54.9 seconds) and third in the 50 free (25.87) and Anne Marie Cummins was third in the 100 butterfly (1:03.01) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:03.2) to lead the girls. The 200 free relay was third (1:53.15) and the 200 medley relay (2:09.1) and 400 free relay (4:42.9) both finished fourth.

Eddy Cordek's second-place finish in the 100 back (59.94) and third-place effort in the 50 free (23.49) paced the boys. The Stallions were second in the 200 medley relay (1:56.58) and Coleman McKinny was fourth in the 100 back (1:02.2) and fifth in the 50 free (24.58).

The girls scored 146 points to finish behind Watterson (363), Hartley (274) and Columbus School for Girls (268) and ahead of Ready (42). The boys scored 104 points to finish behind St. Charles (447), Hartley (238) and Watterson (119) and ahead of Ready (7).

DeSales will compete in the Division II sectional meet Feb. 11 at Columbus Academy.

The winner of each sectional swimming event qualifies for the district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths will be awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until the district meet.

•COLLEGE BOUND - Six DeSales athletes were scheduled to sign letters of intent on Feb. 1.

That group included four football players in Warren Ball (Ohio State), Charles Chandler (Kent State), Jalen Noble (Air Force) and Alex Washington (Navy). The other two signees are heading to Ohio Dominican - Luke Howard for cross country and track and field and Kelsey Albanese for softball.

Ball had 1,157 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns on 228 carries and was first-team all-district last fall as the football team finished 7-4 and lost 24-21 to Elida in a Division III, Region 10 semifinal. Chandler had 23 catches for 609 yards and five touchdowns.

Washington, a defensive lineman, earned special mention all-district. Noble is a wide receiver and defensive back who had three receptions, two interceptions, 21 tackles and four pass breakups last year.

Last fall in cross country, Howard was sixth (18:22.4) in the CCL meet, fourth (17:35.51) in the Division II, district 2 meet and 30th (17:35.89) in the Troy regional.

Albanese, a shortstop who also has been a standout for the girls basketball team, hit better than .325 last season as the softball team lost 5-3 to LaGrange Keystone in a Division II state semifinal.