Although most high school teams emphasize a family atmosphere, it comes naturally to several Hilliard Bradley wrestlers.

Although most high school teams emphasize a family atmosphere, it comes naturally to several Hilliard Bradley wrestlers.

"Seven of our starting 14 are brothers," coach John Riggs said. "That is unusual, but it goes a long way to reinforcing the team concept and family atmosphere that we try to develop here in the wrestling program."

The Jaguars, who have three sets of brothers on the team, are closing in on the program's first OCC-Capital Division title. They're 5-0 in the league heading into their match Thursday, Jan. 26, at Franklin Heights.

The brothers include three from the McGrath family.

Ricky McGrath, a senior captain, is 17-7 at 182 pounds. His brothers, sophomores Rob (106) and Ryan (132), are fraternal twins.

"This is my 27th year of coaching and I've never had three brothers from one family in the lineup at one time," Riggs said. "I don't know how many people have. This is the second year we've had three McGraths in the lineup. Wrestling is a family-oriented sport."

"Everyone is like friends," Ricky McGrath said of his brothers and other teammates. "We're like brothers out there. It's pretty neat to be practicing and going at it with your own family members. For me to finish off my last year of high school with them is pretty important to me and I love it."

Senior captain Conor Driscoll, who is 17-8 at 145, has been a solid contributor in the program since transferring from Hilliard Darby before his sophomore year. He has been joined on the team this season by his freshman brother, Keegan, who is 19-6 at 126.

Last season, Conor placed eighth at 145 in the Division II state tournament. The Jaguars will compete in the Division I postseason this year.

Keegan finished first in the Porter Memorial Tournament at home on Jan. 14.

"You always want to come out and do well," Conor said. "We're excited that we're both having a good season."

Their father, Bryan, is an assistant coach in the program.

Conor said he often watches film with his brother and father.

"We talk wrestling all the time," Conor said.

The other brother combination is senior Tyler Kidd (12-12, heavyweight) and junior Hunter Kidd (182). The two are sometimes paired during practice.

"We'll go a little bit in the wrestling room," Tyler said. "I wrestle him like he's just another kid on the team."

Riggs' son, Sam, is a junior at 182.

Other family members have helped organize and run home events.

Bradley was third (192) in the 10-team Wapakoneta Invitational on Jan. 21 behind first-place Cincinnati Colerain (240).

Senior Jake Zoller (24-2 overall) was first at 152. Finishing second were Austin Johnston (22-8) at 138 and Conor Driscoll at 145. Finishing third were Amer Al-Mahmoud at 113, Keegan Driscoll at 126, Jake Stratton at 170 and Ricky McGrath at 182.

The Jaguars stayed unbeaten in the league with a 54-16 win over Big Walnut on Jan. 19.

"The kids came out and wrestled well," coach Riggs said. "At this point, we control our own destiny (in the league). We're not taking anything or anybody for granted. We're just trying to work on all things every day and take steps forward."

Bradley closes its league schedule Feb. 2 at Delaware.