Junior Harry Duffey of the Worthington Christian High School wrestling team didn't have much success as he hoped for last season, but it clearly was not a waste.

Junior Harry Duffey of the Worthington Christian High School wrestling team didn't have much success as he hoped for last season, but it clearly was not a waste.

Weighing between 160 and 165 pounds most of last season, Duffey went head-to-head during practice with eventual state champion Colin Heasley (160) as well as fifth-place state finisher Daniel Foley (152) and Cody Irwin (171).

Duffey was forced to fill the team's open slot at 189 and often struggled.

Heasley, Foley and Irwin have graduated, and Duffey, now competing at 160, has found his niche. Because the Warriors have only five wrestlers this year, they often practiced against athletes from Olentangy Orange and Westerville North to help prepare for matches.

The hard work the last two years paid off last Saturday for Duffey, who turned in a runner-up performance at the Division III sectional at Northridge to advance to district Friday and Saturday at Steubenville.

"Last year I weighed about 160, but I wrestled at 189 because we had Cody Irwin at 171 and the state champion at my weight," Duffey said. "After my second win (last Saturday), I just went and talked with my coaches and that's when they told me that my second win got me into the championship match. It felt pretty good."

Duffey opened with an 11-7 win over Fredericktown's Cody McGuire and beat Columbus Academy's Preston Pearson 9-3 to reach the final.

In the final, West Jefferson's Jake Cochran beat Duffey by technical fall.

Duffey will face Hartley's Jarrod Zang in the first round of the district tournament. He lost to Zang on Feb. 7 at the St. Charles tournament but did not face him at the CCL tournament, where he finished fourth.

"He just seemed really focused," coach Ross Luckett said. "He has wrestled his own style, had confidence and executed well. He's pretty quick and he's been working on his mat wrestling. His best asset has always been his feet. That's where he's gotten his pins."

According to Luckett, Duffey's strength has been his takedowns, but it's not something Duffey thinks about.

"I just go out there and do whatever," Duffey said. "I try to remember what my coaches tell me, but if I think about it too much I psyche myself out. I know my first match at district is a Hartley kid that I feel I should have beaten when I wrestled him at St. Charles."

•The second-seeded boys basketball team played Northside Christian in the first round of the Division IV district tournament last Tuesday, with the winner to play Berne Union on Saturday in the second round.

Berne Union finished the regular season 2-18, with wins over Gahanna Christian (77-66 on Jan. 6) and Millersport (55-46 on Feb. 4).

The Rockets, who lost their last five, have a first-year coach in Dave Spiller after going 11-11 a year ago. Spiller was an Ohio State men's assistant for four seasons under former coach Jim O'Brien until taking a leave of absence before the 2001-02 season. He never returned.

Key players for Berne Union include senior guards Nick Adams and Colton Speelman.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Worthington Christian boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Feb. 17 -- Lost to Buckeye Valley 69-63

*Last Friday -- Lost to Hartley 65-54

Last Tuesday -- Played Northside Christian in first round of Division IV district tournament. The winner will play Berne Union in the second round at 8 p.m. Saturday at Newark, with the winner of that advancing to a district semifinal March 11 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum against Madison Christian or 10th-seeded Marion Catholic. Worthington Christian is the second seed.

Of note: The Warriors were 13-7 before last Tuesday and finished 5-5 in the CCL behind DeSales (9-1) and Hartley (8-2) and ahead of Ready (4-6), Watterson (3-7) and St. Charles (1-9).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Last Wednesday -- Played fourth-seeded Utica in second round of Division III district tournament. The winner will play seventh-seeded West Jefferson or Fairbanks in a district semifinal at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Olentangy Liberty, with the winner of that advancing to a district final March 7 at Liberty against Fredericktown, top-seeded Marion Pleasant, Grandview or Johnstown.

Of note: The Warriors were 4-16 before last Wednesday.

WRESTLING

Last Friday-last Saturday -- Finished 12th (20) in 16-team Division III sectional at Northridge behind champion West Jefferson (256). Harry Duffey was second at 160 to qualify for district. Daniel Bauslaugh (171) won one match.

Friday-Saturday -- At district at Steubenville. Duffey (23-12) will wrestle Hartley's Jarrod Zang (21-13) in the first round. The top four in each weight class will advance to state March 5-7 at Ohio State.