Westland High School wrestler Tommy Delgado has been a bright spot on a team that has struggled this season.

Westland High School wrestler Tommy Delgado has been a bright spot on a team that has struggled this season.

A junior who competes at 160 pounds, Delgado was 9-7 entering an OCC-Central Division match Jan. 19 against Hilliard Davidson.

He was expected to face Chase Delande, who won last year's Division I state championship at 145.

Delgado was 4-1 in the Wolfpack Classic on Dec. 17 at Worthington Kilbourne.

"We're working hard as a team and we're passionate about the sport," Delgado said. "We're upbeat and we're growing together."

Delgado, who also plays on the football team, has become a leader in sports and in school, wrestling coach Bret Busby said.

He was named homecoming king for his respective class in each of his first three years.

"Tommy plays two sports and he's probably one of the most popular kids in the school," Busby said. "He's an outstanding kid. He never has a complaint."

Delgado hasn't missed a training session in the team's voluntary conditioning program each Tuesday morning, Busby said.

Last season in football, Delgado played tight end and defensive end, but he is expected to move to safety as a senior.

The wrestling team was 0-4 in the league before Jan. 19, including a 48-30 loss to Kilbourne and a 66-16 loss to Thomas Worthington on Jan. 12.

Delgado pinned Kilbourne's Alex Brothers in 2 minutes, 51 seconds.

Westland will play host Thursday, Jan. 26, to Upper Arlington in a league dual and compete in a quad meet Saturday, Jan. 28, at Westerville South.

The Cougars will open the quad against Liberty Union before facing Walnut Ridge and South.

Alec Morstadt was 13-3 at 170 before Jan. 19.

"We're so excited about the youth program and we're so excited about the future," Busby said. "We're young, we're young, we're young. We're getting beat up, but our kids are forming a team and they're helping each other out. The scores in the paper look horrible, but we're giving up 24 points to everybody. I'm very proud of our kids."

Westland has forfeited weight classes at 120, 126, 152 and 220.

"The kids that we do have are hard workers, so that makes up for it," Delgado said. "We like the sport."

•The boys basketball team entered its Jan. 20 game against Davidson on a three-game winning streak.

The Cougars were 6-6 overall and 4-3 in the OCC-Central.

Westland rallied to defeat Marysville 69-62 on Jan. 14 by outscoring the Monarchs 26-15 in the fourth quarter.

KyJuan Grace led with 18 points. Kersey Long had 15 points, Kris Carius scored 14 and J.J. Smith added 13.

"The Marysville win was pretty big because we were able to come together and finish a game," coach Todd Parker said. "That's something that has been bothering us throughout the first part of the season."

The Cougars defeated Central Crossing 70-34 on Jan. 13 as Long scored 17 points and Smith added 16.

Westland, now in the second round of league games, will play host to Dublin Coffman on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Coffman defeated Westland 49-31 on Dec. 9.

The Cougars will look for a sweep of Kilbourne when they meet Friday, Jan. 27, at Kilbourne. Westland defeated the Wolves 58-51 on Dec. 16.

"We're definitely looking for another shot (at league opponents)," Parker said. "We're trying to prove that it's not a fluke that we're 4-3 in the league (before Jan. 20). We'd also like another shot at Coffman, Thomas and (Upper) Arlington to prove that we're able to get it. We play all three of those guys at home."

Westland lost to Thomas 53-41 on Dec. 20 and to UA 61-53 on Jan. 3.

Before Jan. 20, Smith led the team in scoring at 11.6 points per game, followed by Carius (11.5) and Long (10.6).

Smith led the team in rebounding at 8.4 per game.