Herb Porter certainly knows how to make an entrance.

Herb Porter certainly knows how to make an entrance.

Porter, who competes at 215 pounds for the Bexley High School wrestling team, showed up at the weigh-in for the Worthington Christian Invitational last season wearing a tuxedo.

Porter wasn't trying to make a statement, he just didn't have time to change after having participated earlier in the day in an Ohio Music Educators Association solo and ensemble competition.

"I got up at 7 a.m. and drove out to Pickerington North for the competition," he said. "As soon as I was done, I jumped back into my car and ran over to Worthington Christian for the weigh-in.

"I got a lot of strange looks from people, but the guys on our team all knew what was going on."

Porter has been able to balance his wrestling with other interests.

"From my experience, you either played sports or you were involved in the singing and drama departments, but Herb loves to stay busy," coach Jason Barnett said. "He doesn't like to sit around

"His involvement in other activities has never been an issue. He may show up late sometimes, but he lets us know in advance. He's very good at making sure things don't conflict."

Porter sees similarities between singing and wrestling.

"They're both very time-consuming. You're constantly practicing things. Things are hard and intense in choir," Porter said.

"However there's nothing else like winning a wrestling match. It's just you out there. The feeling of winning a match or a big tournament is just amazing."

The only conflict this season came when the Lions had duals at Centennial against the Stars and Harvest Prep on Dec. 17 and he and Danny Webb (heavyweight) had a dress rehearsal for the winter choral concert.

They had to miss the team bus but drove to the meet. Porter arrived just in time to pin an opponent and pick up a 5-3 victory as the Lions defeated the Warriors 36-27 and lost to the Stars 39-34.

"(Barnett and choir teacher Amy Johnston-Blosser) are very understanding," Porter said. "(Johnston-Blosser) wants everything to be perfect. Danny and I stayed there until the last possible moment and then drove to the meet."

Porter, who is 6-4, said one of his goals is to improve on his junior year when he finished 18-17 overall alternating between 189 and 215. He was runner-up at 215 in the Division II sectional but went 0-2 at district.

"It was really different," Porter said. "I've never seen that kind of competition before. Everyone was these really big, corn-fed boys. I got to see what true competition was like. It was kind of inspiring."

"You couldn't ask for a better leader," Barnett said. "He's on top of everything and he's always getting the kids to work harder."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for Bexley boys basketball and wrestling teams:


*Last Monday -- Played Licking Valley

Last Tuesday -- Played Circleville

Tuesday -- Home vs. Liberty Union. The Lions were 0-4 after losing to Newark Catholic 62-60 on Dec. 20. Bexley won 65-31 last year

Of note: The Lions were 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the MSL-Ohio before last Monday.


Jan. 9-10 -- At Licking Heights Invitational

*MSL-Ohio game

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for Bexley girls basketball and boys and girls swimming teams:


Last Monday -- Played Brookhaven in Gahanna Cage Classic

Last Tuesday -- Played Independence or Gahanna in Cage Classic

Saturday -- Home vs. Canal Winchester. The Indians were 2-6 after losing to Logan Elm 59-35 on Dec. 20.

*Tuesday -- At Whitehall. The Rams were 2-5 overall and 0-5 in the MSL-Ohio after losing to Heath 52-43 on Dec. 20. The Lions won 57-47 and 53-44 last year.

Of note: The Lions were 2-4 overall before last Monday and are 2-3 in the MSL-Ohio.


Last Saturday -- Participated in Grandview Invitational

Last Monday -- Participated in Watterson Holiday Relays

Friday -- Home vs. DeSales

Saturday -- Home vs. Granville

*MSL-Ohio game