The Hartley High School wrestling team got a tune-up for what it hopes is a second consecutive CCL championship by competing in the second round of the inaugural Division III state dual tournament Jan. 30.
The league tournament is Saturday, Feb. 2, at DeSales. A year ago, the Hawks won what coach Kevin Petrella believes was their first CCL title when they scored 191.5 points to place ahead of Ready (180.5), St. Charles (152.5), DeSales (114) and Watterson (16.5).
Hartley, which will compete Feb. 15 and 16 in the Division III sectional tournament for individuals, beat Bainbridge Paint Valley 53-28 on Jan. 23 in the opening round of the state dual tournament.
The Hawks, seeded second in Region 22-B, faced sixth-seeded Chillicothe Southeastern in the second round Jan. 30, and the winner faced top-seeded West Jefferson or fifth-seeded Chillicothe Zane Trace on Jan. 30 in a regional semifinal. The Region 22 final is Wednesday, Feb. 6, at a site to be determined.
Against Paint Valley, winners for Hartley were Luke Wulf (106 pounds), Kristopher Hill (113), Patrick Moran (126), Grant Rathburn (132), Patrick Keefe (138), Jack Zang (145), Jacob Croswell (160), Trey Hampton (182) and Tyler Sweeney (heavyweight).
Boys swimmers take second in CCL
The boys and girls swimming and diving teams next compete Feb. 9 in a Division II sectional meet at Columbus Academy.
On Jan. 26 at Columbus School for Girls, the boys placed second (234) behind St. Charles (417) and ahead of Watterson (190), DeSales (174) and Ready (8) in the CCL meet. The girls were third (210.5) behind Watterson (404) and CSG (360) and ahead of DeSales (158.5) and Ready (1).
Winning CCL titles for the boys were the 200-yard medley relay of Jonathan Kluczynski, Patrick Lawrence, Ronnie Bolden and Vince Canini (1 minute, 49.95 seconds), Bolden in the 100 butterfly (51.68) and 100 freestyle (48.54), Lawrence in the 500 free (5:16.44) and Brian Hearns in diving (385.25). Bolden, Canini, Hearns, Kluczynski and Lawrence were named all-league.
Andrea Cottrell won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.66) for the girls team. Hayley Elizondo and Cottrell were named all-league.
Girls basketball team preps for postseason
The girls basketball team's hopes of winning the CCL title took a hit when it lost to Watterson 49-41 on Jan. 19.
The Hawks are 4-2 in the league. Watterson was 4-1 before playing Ready on Jan. 30, and DeSales was 3-1 before playing CSG on Jan. 30.
Watterson plays host to DeSales on Saturday, Feb. 2. Hartley plays host to Ready on Feb. 2 and travels to DeSales on Feb. 9 to close the league schedule.
The Hawks learn their Division II district tournament schedule at the drawing Sunday, Feb. 3. They were first in last week's area coaches poll but lost to Eastmoor Academy, which was fourth, 53-47 on Jan. 26.
Jaana Motton scored 14 points and Alexis Britford had 12 against Eastmoor, which trailed the Hawks 28-19 at halftime.