Worthington Kilbourne High School wrestler Mike Mayberry's title during last Saturday's Wolfpack Classic was satisfying on multiple levels.

Worthington Kilbourne High School wrestler Mike Mayberry's title during last Saturday's Wolfpack Classic was satisfying on multiple levels.

It was his first tournament championship, and it came at home. Moreover, the junior had seen his football career end in August when he sustained a second concussion in less than 12 months.

"Once I stopped playing football, I just focused on getting stronger so I got into the weight room," he said. "I just wanted to move forward so I focused on getting ready for wrestling."

Mayberry pinned Circleville's Derrick Ford in the final at 189 pounds with 39 seconds remaining in the second period. He was one of seven Kilbourne wrestlers to advance to a championship match.

Nico Shaut (119), Connor Wolfe (135) and Jedidiah Bressmer (215) also pinned down titles as the Wolves (239 points) defended their team championship in the 10-team event, which was known as the Tournament of Champions last season. Dublin Jerome (199) and Circleville (174.5) finished second and third, respectively, while Centennial (153.5) and Westland (134.5) rounded out the top five.

"He missed all of last (wrestling) season after getting his first concussion, but he went to the Ohio State camp with us over the summer and just kept working to get better," coach Ed Chism said of Mayberry, who placed third in the season-opening Lee Spitzer Invitational on Dec. 4 at Upper Arlington. "He had a close match in the finals and was down at one point before he fought his way back.

"Given what he's been through, it would have been easy for Mike to be satisfied just making the finals. That wasn't his approach, though. He decided he wanted to win it, and he caught the Circleville kid with a good move."

Mayberry suffered his most recent concussion on the second day of football contact drills last August. He said he will try playing lacrosse for the first time next spring.

"Some things are out of your control so I've just tried to make the best of it," Mayberry said.

"I'm not looking back."

•Thomas had one wrestler advance to the finals at the Wolfpack Classic. Sophomore Andrew Shackelford placed second at 171 for the Cardinals, who led the tournament after three rounds before settling for a sixth-place finish (114) as West Carrollton (103), Westerville South (99.5), Mifflin (92) and Brookhaven (89) followed.

"We're pinning people and we're not getting pinned too often," first-year coach Mark Gundling said.

"You have to have some champions to score high enough to win it, though.

"But for being such a young team we're encouraged by what we've been able to do so far. We were second at (the Sparta) Highland Invitational (on Dec. 11) and got 26 pins. Those extra points will help us next month when we get into the (OCC-Central Division) duals."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Kilbourne and Thomas wrestling teams:

KILBOURNE

Dec. 9 - Lost to Grove City. The match was tied at 33 and the Greyhounds won on criteria.

Last Saturday - Finished first (239) at home 10-team Wolfpack Classic. The Wolves had seven finalists, including champions Nico Shaut (119), Connor Wolfe (135), Mike Mayberry (189) and Jedidiah Bressmer (215). Austin Oberly (103), Nick Varazashvili (125) and Gavin Elifritz (285) placed second.

Tuesday-Wednesday - At Lorain Southview Holiday Classic

THOMAS

Dec. 11 - Finished second at Sparta Highland Invitational. Andrew Shackelford (189) placed second and Austin Washburn (152) was third despite winning all four of his matches in the Olympic pool format. The Cardinals had 26 pins overall.

Last Saturday - Finished sixth (114) at Wolfpack Classic. Shackelford (171) placed second, Noah Messerall (119) was third and Washburn (145) fourth.

Wednesday-Dec. 30 - At Marion Harding Invitational