The Delaware Hayes High School wrestling team will have nearly completed the OCC-Capital Division portion of its schedule by the end of this week.

The Delaware Hayes High School wrestling team will have nearly completed the OCC-Capital Division portion of its schedule by the end of this week.

That's a pretty quick season, considering it began Jan. 14.

The Pacers' scheduled opener on Jan. 7 was a double dual against New Albany and Olentangy Orange, but bad weather postponed the event. It is rescheduled for Monday at Big Walnut.

"We have four (OCC-Capital) duals over the course of seven days," coach Josh Heffernan said. "So it'll be a busy week for us."

The Pacers began that period last Thursday by battling Mount Vernon. They compete against New Albany and Olentangy Orange on Monday at Big Walnut in a makeup from Jan. 7.

The Pacers also play host to Big Walnut on Thursday.

Delaware opened OCC duals on Jan. 14, beating Franklin Heights 33-22 and Watkins Memorial 41-30.

"It was a good start for us, but we thought we could win those because we wrestled two teams similar to us in terms of numbers and they also have holes in their lineups," said Heffernan, whose team will conclude league play on Feb. 4 as host to Hilliard Bradley. "Our guys responded. The guys we needed to win earned some pins and the guys who wrestled tough opponents stayed off their backs and saved us some points and that's what it takes."

Winning their first two league matches for the Pacers were Seth McCurdy at 103 pounds, Toby Cook (119), Michael Kalista (145), Joe Sumner (171), Tyler Daugherty (215) and Colton Christner (heavyweight).

"I thought the key match against Watkins Memorial was at 160 (pounds)," Heffernan said. "We bumped Joel Calfe up (to that weight). He wrestles great at times and like a sophomore at times. He was on his back in the second period but fought back and competed well and eventually pinned (Jon Beck in 5 minutes, 4 seconds). If he doesn't do that, we lose the dual. I was very proud of Joel.

"I also was happy to see our upper weights be strong and putting people on their backs. Sumner, Ben Williams (189), Daugherty and Christner work their tails off and they turned up the intensity and got it done. Their improvement since last fall is impressive."

The Pacers had a strong showing Jan. 15-16 in the Marion Elgin Invitational in the Marion Coliseum. Delaware finished 18th (92 points) in the 25-team field, as Lexington won (408).

McCurdy finished second, getting pinned in 4:15 by Marion Pleasant's Zon Fields in the championship. Before last Thursday, McCurdy was 24-2 with 17 pins and 27 takedowns. He had scored 94 points.

Sumner went 5-3 in Marion, beating Reynoldsburg's Brandon Martyn 11-6 in the fifth-place match to improve to 25-6 overall. He had 11 pins, 35 takedowns, 15 escapes and 209 points before last Thursday.

"Sumner has the ability and tenacity to win every match he's in," Heffernan said. "He's raw though. But what really stood out in Marion was the way he made adjustments. (Martyn) beat him soundly on the first day. Sumner spent three minutes on his belly. He fixed some things technically, got all the way back to meet (Martyn) again and wrestled smarter. He was sound and intense. When he doesn't fall back to some of his stubborn junior high tendencies, he's tough to beat."

Sumner went 28-8 last season, but credits his success to a strong offseason and tough camps at Dublin and Big Walnut.

"I'm a lot more sound on my feet and that's been the biggest difference," Sumner said. "I'm continuing to work on my stand-ups rather than trying to hit a reversal or a five-point move."

Kalista went 4-4 in Marion and beat Ashland Crestview's Ian Gerster 3-2 in the seventh-place match. Before last Thursday, he was 17-12 with 25 takedowns, 32 escapes and 163 points.

"Kalista had an outstanding tournament," Heffernan said. "He wrestled the best technically that he has all season. Some of the things we're working on are starting to sink in. He wrestled smart and sound in a very tough weight class in Marion."

Also above .500 before last Thursday were Daugherty (17-14) and Williams (14-12). Also nearing winning records are Calfe (9-11) and Christner (6-6), as well as freshman Wyatt Davis (8-10 at 112).

•The swimming and diving team competes in the OCC-Capital Division championships this week. The diving event is Friday at Dublin Recreation Center and the swimming portion is Saturday at New Albany.

Last season, the Delaware girls finished second (239 points) as New Albany (489) cruised to the title. Mount Vernon (186.5), Olentangy Orange (111), Watkins Memorial (87) and Big Walnut (40) followed. Franklin Heights did not compete and Hilliard Bradley had not opened.

For Delaware, Jessica Ward won the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.06).

The boys finished third (207) in the league meet last season behind champion New Albany (459) and Mount Vernon (307) and ahead of Orange (85), Watkins Memorial (45) and Big Walnut (11). Delaware did not win an event.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Delaware Hayes boys and girls bowling, boys and girls swimming and diving, gymnastics and wrestling teams:


Last Monday -- Boys: Defeated Olentangy 2,398-2,326 at Delaware Lanes. Ray Getz (233-233-466) led the way, followed by Josh Jones (229-193-422), Jacob Hamel (196-202-398) and Josh Hauersperger (200-193-393). Girls: Lost to Olentangy 1,857-1,707. Taylor Kunce (147-167-314), Ashleigh Keller (166-144-310), Shanon Evans (160-134-294) and Mo Flahive (139-125-264) led the way.

Last Wednesday -- Boys: Def. Buckeye Valley 2,298-2,109 at Colony Lanes. Hamel led the Pacers with a 257-168-425 and was followed by Hauersperger (219-193-412), Jones (196-203-399) and Kyle Hovatter (186-149-335). Girls: Lost to Buckeye Valley 2,241-1,457. Keller (314), Flahive (268) and Kunce (256) led the Pacers.

Last Friday -- Played Marion Pleasant

Friday -- At Marion Harding (Blue Fusion Lanes)

Of note: The boys were 9-1 and the girls were 4-6 before last Friday. All matches are Mid-Ohio Conference matches.


Jan. 15 -- Boys: Def. Warren Harding 87-58. Winners were Nate Planisek in both the 50 breast (31.49) and 150 free (1:28.64), Joel Simpson in the 50 fly (28.32) and Zach Shoemaker in diving (247.95 points), as well as the 200 medley relay (1:56.27) of David Ayscue, Planisek, Jordan Nicol and Maxx Motter. Girls: Def. Warren Harding 83-82. Winners were Abby Kremer in both the 50 free (27.63) and 50 breast (36.35), Abby Hoovler in both the 100 IM (1:08.29) and 50 fly (30.64), Jessica Ward in the 300 free (3:27.13), Lindsey Norris in the 100 free (1:02.79) and Megan Morgan in diving (177.80), as well as the 200 medley relay (2:14.75) of Kaitlyn Scott, Jacie Nowland, Ward and Caroline Pusateri.

Jan. 16 -- Boys: Def. Big Walnut 135-25 and Marysville 126-43 and lost to Warren Harding 98-81. Shoemaker won in diving (273.60) and Ayscue won in the100 free (54.31). Finishing second were Planisek in the 200 IM (2:16.01), Nicol in 200 free (2:07.20) and Will Wright in 100 back (1:06.23), as well as 200 medley relay (1:58.26), 200 free relay (1:40.40) and 400 free relay (3:48.04). Girls: Def. Big Walnut 121-39, Marysville 89-84 and Warren Harding 108-53. Winners were Ward in both the 200 IM (2:21.53) and 100 free (57.61), Norris in both the 100 fly (1:05.06) and 100 back (1:08.81), Morgan in diving (182.55) and Hoovler in the 50 free (27.63), as well as the 200 medley relay (2:00.15) and 200 free relay (1:47.15). Finishing second were Kremer in both the 200 free (2:08.06) and 500 free (5:48.28), Hoovler in the 100 breast (1:19.28), Susan Thomson in the 100 free (1:00.00) and the 400 free relay (4:06.89).

Last Saturday -- Competed against Westerville North and Grove City

Friday -- OCC-Capital diving championships at Dublin Recreation Center

Saturday -- OCC-Capital swimming championships at New Albany


Jan. 15 -- Finished fourth (101.1) behind champion Olentangy (119.225), Buckeye Valley (117.1) and Olentangy Orange (105.475) and ahead of Grandview (92.3) in home meet

Wednesday -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto