This is the season the Bexley High School wrestling team has been waiting for.

This is the season the Bexley High School wrestling team has been waiting for.

The Lions have a senior class for the first time in two seasons and a lineup filled with veterans.

They saw the beginnings of what could be a successful season on Dec. 17 in the home Bexley Duals, finishing second (4-1) behind the Marysville B team (5-0). Bexley lost to the Monarchs 41-40.

"Two years ago, we were all freshmen and sophomores and we were always talking about what it was going to be like 'two years from now,' " said Eliot Clark, a junior 182-pounder who is 12-1 overall. "Now we have to make that happen."

Clark was 5-0 in the Bexley Duals, as were seniors Eric Crane (152) and Perrin Ruff (145) and juniors Hunter Hilgeman (138), Grant Robinson (220) and Reece Wilson (170).

"We have been a young team over the last couple of years and this year is big because we have a lot of juniors and seniors," said Robinson, who is 10-1 overall. "Meets like this are great because this gives us a chance to work on some things. We're able to work on new moves out of practice and in match situations."

The Lions won their other four duals Dec. 17 by a wide margin. They defeated Centennial 72-12, Columbus West 54-24, the Teays Valley B team 65-18 and Whetstone 66-6.

"This is a good confidence-booster for us," said Crane, who is 12-0 overall with 11 pins and is one of the team's seven seniors. "We can get some wins and it gives some of our younger kids experience.

"It's also great to have a home meet and to see your family and friends in the stands. It makes it personal, and it means so much more."

Finishing 4-1 in the Bexley Duals were seniors Jalen Hatten (195) and Ismail Jallaq (160) and sophomore William Musick (126).

"This (tournament) is about getting exposure in the community and it helps to bring up the wrestling program as a whole," said Hatten, who is 8-2 overall. "People get to see what we're all about.

"We have a lot of confidence. We have (six) district qualifiers coming back and we expect to have at least that this year and try to get some of us to state."

The Lions do not compete again until Dec. 29 and 30 in the Marion Harding Holiday Classic.

"This year is supposed to be the best yet for Bexley wrestling," said Wilson, who is 11-1 overall. "We're looking for big things."

Girls basketball team looking for offense

The girls basketball team was averaging 21.4 points through six games, including only 17.7 per contest in the MSL-Ohio Division.

The Lions dropped to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the league after losing to Worthington Christian 33-8 on Dec. 16. They trailed 9-0 after one quarter, 17-1 at halftime and 24-3 after three.

Bexley had its highest scoring output of the season in a 41-31 win over Mifflin on Dec. 12. Emma Dressel had 17 points and Amanda Frey added eight.

The Lions played an MSL-Ohio game against London on Dec. 20 and play at Buckeye Valley on Thursday, Dec. 22. They return to action Jan. 3 with a league game against Grandview.

Dressel was averaging a team-best 7.2 points through six games, followed by Frey at 5.8.

Boys basketball team to have lengthy break

The boys basketball team is taking the term holiday break literally.

The Lions were 3-3 overall before playing St. Charles on Dec. 21. They next play Jan. 6 in an MSL-Ohio game against Worthington Christian.

Bexley split its first two MSL-Ohio games, losing to defending champion Whitehall 53-43 on Dec. 13 before defeating West Jefferson 56-30 on Dec. 17. Ryan Callahan led the Lions with 14 points against Whitehall, and Shannon Stanley had eight points.

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