The Westland High School wrestling program has held several tournaments throughout the years, including Division I sectionals.

The Westland High School wrestling program has held several tournaments throughout the years, including Division I sectionals.

Saturday, the Cougars will play host to the OCC-Central Division championships. The OCC did away with regular-season duals for this season and instead will hold a dual tournament to determine the league champion.

The teams will be split into two pools Saturday and each team will compete in five matches.

The OCC-Central had four teams ranked in the Division I area coaches poll. Central Crossing is second behind Teays Valley. Hilliard Davidson is sixth, and Dublin Coffman and Hilliard Darby are tied with Watkins Memorial for ninth.

"We're not ranked among the top 10 in the Central District and four of the eight teams are among the top in the Central District," Branham said. "In terms of us winning it, it will be quite a challenge, but obviously we want to do the best that we can."

The Cougars faced Hartley and St. Charles last Thursday and competed in the Toledo Waite Invitational last Friday and Saturday.

•After the boys basketball team beat Hilliard Darby 70-63 on Jan. 9, coach Todd Parker thought it finally had turned the corner.

But the Cougars then lost to Central Crossing 95-64 on Jan. 16. Anthony Jackson led Westland with 16 points and was the team's leading scorer before last Friday's game against Davidson at 20.8 points per game. The Cougars were 3-4 in the OCC-Central and 5-7 overall.

"We had some success against them the last few years and came out and they wanted it a little bit more than we did," Parker said. "They shot 62 percent from the floor and we shot 39 from the floor. That just doesn't work out very well for you."

Westland will visit league-leader Coffman on Tuesday. The Shamrocks entered last Friday's game against Central Crossing at 7-0 in the league. Coffman was 10-1 overall and fourth in the area coaches poll. The Shamrocks defeated Westland 91-63 on Dec. 12.

"Coffman beat us handily last time, but we'll go in there and we'll give them a good battle," Parker said. "We have to figure out a way to stop (Michael Green), and Connor Viers (27 points) had a big game against us last time. We'll look to shut those two down and give them a good game."

The Cougars will play host Friday to Worthington Kilbourne, which won the first meeting 58-55 on Dec. 19. Before playing Darby last Friday, the Wolves were 1-10 overall and 1-7 in the OCC.

•The gymnastics team will competed against host Dublin Scioto,Grandview Heights and Central Crossing on Wednesday.

Westland lost to Upper Arlington 123.2-108.15 last Wednesday. Catherine Gerlach was first on floor (8.4), third on vault (8.0) and third in the all-around (29.3).

Westland was third (108.175) behind Big Walnut (125.4) and host Olentangy (117.525) last Monday. Ali Scudds was first on floor (8.55).

The Cougars fell to Miami Trace 115.2-109.75 on Jan. 15. Scudds was first on beam (7.8) and floor (8.5), and second in the all-around (29.15). Gerlach was fourth in the all-around (28.35).

"The girls are continuing to improve and placing at competitions," coach Lavon Maynard said. "The uneven bars are the team's downfall, scoring about 10 points lower on that event than the other three.

"However, with continued dedication and practice they hope to bring that event score up and eventually raise their team score."