Westerville News & Public Opinion


Warriors clinch share of OCC title


The Westerville North High School wrestling team clinched a share of its first league title since 1991 by defeating host Hilliard Bradley 33-28 on Jan. 30.

The Warriors improved to 6-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division and can clinch the league title outright with a win at home against Dublin Scioto on Thursday, Feb. 6. The Irish are 1-5 in the league.

Bradley fell to 5-1 in the league.

North opened a 9-0 lead, but Bradley rallied to take its lone lead at 16-15 after Ryan McGrath defeated Mike Kline 3-2 at 138 pounds.

The Warriors, however, scored the next 18 points.

Winners by pin for North were Brandon Goldsmith at 145 (3 minutes, 11 seconds), Hunter Sintobin at 152 (1:20) and Andy Struttmann at 220 (23 seconds).

"I was very proud of how my guys bounced back after a hard-fought battle with Delaware," said coach David Grant, whose team lost to visiting Delaware 31-28 on Jan. 29 in a Region 5 semifinal in the Division I state team tournament.

The Pacers defeated Teays Valley 38-24 in the regional final at North to advance to the state quarterfinals Saturday, Feb. 8, at Ohio State's St. John Arena.

North was seeded first in Region 5-B and Delaware was second.

Against Delaware, Gage Archer won by pin at heavyweight in 2:47.

South finishes 10th in All-North tourney

South scored 93.5 points to finish 10th of 16 teams in the All-North Tournament on Feb. 1 at Dublin Jerome behind champion Amanda-Clearcreek (191).

Caleb Llaneza, who is 32-0 overall, finished first at 152 and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Wrestler.

Evan Trainer was second at 160 and Mike Thesing was third at 170. Finishing fourth were Andrew Wilush at 182 and Adam Thesing at 195.

South fell to 2-4 in the OCC-Cardinal after losing at Jerome 36-31 on Jan. 30.

Central places 12th at All-North

Central finished 12th (47) in the All-North Tournament as Tre Bogetich (106) placed fifth and John Fitzgibbons (132) and Will Green (138) were sixth.

The Warhawks defeated host Canal Winchester 48-27 on Jan. 30 to improve to 2-4 in the OCC-Cardinal.