The Reynoldsburg High School wrestling team will compete in the OCC-Ohio Division tournament Saturday at Gahanna looking to atone for a third-place showing in the OCC-Buckeye last year.

The Reynoldsburg High School wrestling team will compete in the OCC-Ohio Division tournament Saturday at Gahanna looking to atone for a third-place showing in the OCC-Buckeye last year.

The Raiders' title hopes fell to the wayside last year after a clerical error cost them a league match against Hilliard Davidson. They are back this year looking for a third league title in four years, and even though they return two Division I state-placers and seven district qualifiers, they will be at a disadvantage Saturday in a dual format.

It is the first time since 1996 that the OCC championship will be decided by a dual tournament format.

Reynoldsburg never found a wrestler to compete at 215 pounds, meaning it will have to forfeit every time that spot comes up.

"It definitely (creates a disadvantage) giving up six points," coach Jason Allen said. "But I think we have enough big guns. But we're going to have to pin them and look to bonus points. It's going to come down to who can get the most bonus points."

Jordan Marrero (heavyweight), a junior who was a district qualifier last year, will feel some of the extra pressure of having to makeup for that forfeit. Marrero is having his best season. He was eighth in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Holiday Invitational on Dec. 29-30, but he'll have that forfeit at 215 on his mind every time he steps onto the mat.

"That adds a lot of pressure to me," Marrero said. "That match is right before mine and I see that we're down six points."

Tommy Sasfy (140), who is looking for his third trip to the state tournament, isn't as worried about giving up the six points at 215 as long as the rest of his teammates can come through when they have the advantage.

"To me it doesn't make a difference," Sasfy said. "You have to wrestle your best and make sure you don't give up a tech fall."

Sasfy said the bigger factor is how the Raiders finish the tournament. They competed in the Cincinnati St. Xavier Duals on Jan. 3 and finished fourth at 3-2 behind champion St. Xavier (5-0). The Raiders could have finished better, he said, had they wrestled better as the day wore on.

"We started strong, but at the end we got a little sloppy," he said.

After weigh-ins Saturday, the coaches will seed teams and divide those teams into two groups of four, with the top two going to separate groups. Seeds 3-7 will choose in order which group they want to be part of.

After round robins, the top two teams from group A will face the top two teams from group B. The team or teams with the best overall record will win the championship.

Also in the league are Lancaster, Gahanna, Grove City, Groveport, Pickerington Central, Pickerington North and Newark.

Allen sees Central, North and Grove City as the top competition.

North returns six district qualifiers from last season and has been ranked seventh or better in each Division I area coaches poll this season.

And North -- along with Central and Grove City -- will field a full lineup.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Reynoldsburg wrestling team:

Last Saturday -- Finished sixth (116.5) to champion Oregon Clay (205.5) in Mary E. Kerr Invitational at Toledo Waite

Saturday -- At OCC-Ohio tournament at Gahanna

Feb. 7 -- At Thomas Worthington Cardinal Invitational

Of note: The Raiders are sixth in the Division I area coaches poll.