Eleven of the 12 high school wrestling teams which competed in the Delaware Hayes Invitational last season will be returning Saturday.

Eleven of the 12 high school wrestling teams which competed in the Delaware Hayes Invitational last season will be returning Saturday.

The format also will remain the same, a one-day event in which every wrestler is guaranteed at least five matches.

The biggest difference is that the event has been renamed the Rieman Invitational to honor tournament director Tony Rieman.

"Tony has been influential to Hayes wrestling for years and years and has coached at many levels, run tournaments and has helped in every way imaginable," Delaware coach Josh Heffernan said. "We've already made the formal presentation of the renaming of the tournament at the awards ceremony when Tony was elected into the Hayes Athletic Hall of Fame last fall.

"I contemplated making a formal announcement at the tournament, but, Tony has expressed that he is not comfortable with that. So, I'm going to be hard pressed to give Tony the recognition he deserves by sneaking a simple write-up in the tournament program. We will also hang a banner in the main gym welcoming wrestlers and coaches to Delaware, Home of the Rieman Invitational Tournament."

Rieman, who is also the tournament director for the Marion Elgin Invitational and the Tormasi (junior high tournament) among others, said he is embarrassed by the attention.

"Don't get me wrong, it's a great honor, but it's very humbling," he said. "Most of the time, tournaments are named after people when they're dead. As a matter of fact, (2008 graduate) Nate Hauff is an assistant coach at Berea and he called me and asked how he could get his team on the short list of teams for the Rieman Memorial Tournament. We got a laugh out of that."

Rieman said he enjoys the format of the Elgin and Rieman tournaments most because there is a consolation pool.

"Fans like (the Rieman) because we've had great teams and individuals participate since the inception, but wrestlers and coaches love the fact that everyone gets at least five matches and against competitors in the same skill level," he said. "In most tournaments, your young or inexperienced wrestlers may get clobbered twice and be done. They sit around the rest of the tournament and don't compete, don't get better and don't get the extra instruction from their coaches.

"With a consolation pool, they eventually get to wrestle someone of their own caliber. Not every wrestler is going to be an all-Ohioan."

Returning to join the Pacers are Bloom-Carroll, Cincinnati Elder, Goshen, Hilliard Davidson, Marion Harding, Massillon Perry, New Albany, Olentangy, Springfield Kenton Ridge and Westerville North. DeSales, which has been in the field before but did not compete last season, takes the place of Painesville Riverside.

Last season, Massillon Perry (378 points) won with Davidson (219.5) and Elder (201) rounding out the top three. The Pacers finished eighth (111).

Westerville North's Josh Demas (160 pounds) was the Most Outstanding Wrestler. He went on to win the Division I state title at 152, as North finished 18th. He is expected to be tested by Elder's Ian Korb, who was eighth in the state at 160 a year ago.

In the state tournament, Perry was runner-up to Lakewood St. Edward in Division I, with Elder 12th and Davidson 16th.

Elder is ranked fifth currently and Olentangy is ninth in Division II. Olentangy returns Joe Grandominico, who was seventh at state at 140 last year and is ranked second at 145. Trevor Fiorruci, a state qualifier last season, is ranked second at 103 for the Braves.

In all, 28 state qualifiers are expected to compete in the Rieman, including 11 who placed.

Davidson is led by state-qualifiers Angelo DiSabato, Chase Delande and Spencer Delande. DiSabato was eighth at 112 at state and is top-ranked in the district at 119. Spencer Delande is ranked first in the district at 189 and Chase Delande is ranked third at 140.

DeSales' Malcolm Burrell could meet Spencer Delande, as he is ranked first in the district in Division II. DeSales' Lee Wilson (112) also is ranked first in the district.

Other notable competitors in the field are Perry's Shane Foster, who is ranked second at 140, and Kenton Ridge's Tucker Armstrong, who is ranked second at 140 in Division II.

"The Rieman might be the toughest one-day tournament in the state. It is an absolute meat grinder of a tournament," Heffernan said. "There is a ton of great wrestlers at this tournament, all of whom are very well coached, so placing is no small feat."

Last season, six Pacers placed, including Joe Sumner (fourth at 160) and Joel Calfe (sixth at 152). Also placing were graduates Mark Rieman (third, 140), Greg Flaglor (third, 119), Michael Austin (fourth, 130) and Brent Spivey (fourth, 135).

Before an OCC-Capital dual Thursday against Big Walnut, Sumner was 27-6 at 171 and led the team with 39 takedowns and 219 points. He had 11 pins. Calfe was 9-11.

Seth McCurdy (103) was 24-5 with 29 takedowns, 105 points and a team-high 17 pins. Mike Kalista (145) was 18-14 with 27 takedowns, 34 escapes and 176 points and Ben Williams (189) was 17-12 with seven pins. Tyler Daugherty (215) was 18-16 with 29 takedowns, 20 escapes, 134 points and nine pins.

•The boys basketball team lost a pair of close OCC-Capital games to drop to 8-7 overall and 5-4 in league play before battling Watkins Memorial last Friday.

The Pacers play Tuesday at Big Walnut and Friday at home against Hilliard Bradley.

After beating Franklin Heights 79-43 on Jan. 22, Delaware lost to New Albany 72-67 in double overtime on Jan. 23 and to host Mount Vernon 36-30 last Tuesday.

"We played really well (against New Albany), made our free throws and a lot of clutch shots," coach Jordan Blackburn said. "We had several guys step up. They hit a 23-footer at the end of regulation and a 22-footer at the end of the first overtime and those really hurt.

"(Point guard Matt Bingaya) fouled out on the first play of the first overtime and we eventually trailed by five, but just kept battling and battling and got back into it."

Bingaya had 15 points. Nick Potter and Jacob Bosiokovic both added 12. Nick Caudill had 11 and Zach Parsons added 10.

Against Mount Vernon, the Pacers schemed to stop Joe Scott and held him to six points, but Ben Hoar stepped up with 14 points and eight rebounds. He had two big putbacks in the fourth quarter.

"We held a team that hasn't lost since (Dec. 8) to 36 points," Blackburn said. "We played well defensively and executed our game plan very well. On offense, we had a three-possession drought in the third quarter where we turned the ball over and they made a run on us, but other than that, we did a pretty good job. We got back into it in the fourth quarter, but they made their free throws down the stretch."

At a glance

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


*Jan. 22 -- Defeated Franklin Heights 79-43. Matt Bingaya scored 21 points. Nick Caudill and Nick Potter both had 12 points. Jacob Bosiokovic and Braxton Coleman both added nine points. *Jan. 23 -- Lost to New Albany 72-67 in double overtime in makeup from Jan. 8. Bingaya had 15 points, with Potter and Bosiokovic both adding 12. Caudill had 11 and Zach Parsons had 10. The game was tied at 55 entering overtime and 63 before the second overtime. *Last Tuesday -- Lost to Mount Vernon 36-30 *Last Friday -- Played Watkins Memorial *Tuesday -- At Big Walnut. The Pacers won first meeting 74-51 on Dec. 22, despite being outscored by 10 points from the foul line. *Friday -- Home vs. Hilliard Bradley. Delaware won 64-54 on Jan. 5.

Of note: The Pacers were 8-7 overall and 5-4 in the OCC-Capital before last Friday.


*Jan. 22 -- Def. Franklin Heights 71-13. The Pacers held the Falcons scoreless in the second half after leading 34-13 at the break. Caroline Welker had 16 points, Bethany Naegele added 11 and Cindy Bowman had 10. Chelsie Burden had nine points and Keshawna Ximines added seven. *Jan. 23 -- Lost to New Albany 68-31 in makeup from Jan. 8. Welker led the way with 123 points. *Last Wednesday -- Lost to Mount Vernon 50-34. Welker had 15 points and seven rebounds and Burden added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. *Last Friday -- Played Watkins Memorial *Tuesday -- Home vs. Big Walnut. The Pacers lost 47-31 on Dec. 22. *Friday -- At Hilliard Bradley. Delaware lost 49-36 on Jan. 5.

Of note: The Pacers were 6-10 overall and 4-6 in the OCC-Capital before last Friday.


Jan. 22 -- Boys: Def. Marion Pleasant 2,389-2,104 at Blue Fusion. Josh Hauersperger (195-257-452), Kyle Hovatter (214-200-414) and Jacob Hamel (192-209-401) led the way. Girls: Lost to Pleasant 1,493-1,485. Ashleigh Keller (147-160-307) and Shanon Evans (121-125-246) paced Delaware. Last Friday -- Played Marion Harding Saturday -- Mid-Ohio Conference Tournament at Blue Fusion.

Of note: The boys were 10-1 and the girls were 4-7 before last Friday. All matches are Mid-Ohio Conference matches. The Pacers also have a makeup against Cardington at Morrow Lanes, but it has yet to be rescheduled.


Jan. 23 -- Boys: Lost to Grove City 90-83; lost to Westerville North 107-71. Nate Planisek won the 100 breast (1:09.65) and Zach Shoemaker won in diving (304.8 points). Shoemaker had the high point total in the district and fifth-best in the state before entering the tri-meet. Girls: Def. Grove City 92-70; lost to Westerville North 105-69. Jessica Ward won both the 100 fly (1:04.09) and 100 back (1:04.19), Abby Kremer won the 200 free (2:07.19) and Megan Morgan won in diving (186.85 points). Morgan had the seventh-best score in the district. Also on the area honor roll was the 200 free relay (10th, 1:47.15). Last Friday -- Competed in OCC-Capital diving championships at Dublin Recreation Center Last Saturday -- Competed in OCC-Capital swimming championships at New Albany Friday -- Home vs. Dublin Coffman in home finale


Last Wednesday -- Finished fourth (110.25) behind Olentangy Liberty (124.7), Dublin Scioto (122.4) and Buckeye Valley (115.375). Kristin Yannacey was second on vault (8.25), fifth on floor (7.9) and fifth in all-around (30.3). Tuesday -- At Westland Friday -- At Washington Court House Miami Trace


*Jan. 21 -- Lost to Mount Vernon 69-6. The Pacers competed in only six matches, as several competitors contacted skin diseases in the Marion Elgin Invitational the five days earlier. Ben Williams won by pin at 189. *Last Monday -- Lost to New Albany 48-28 and lost to Olentangy Orange 60-10 in makeups from Jan. 7. Joe Sumner won both matches at 171 and Williams won both at 189. *Last Thursday -- Lost to Big Walnut 39-37 *Thursday -- Home vs. Hilliard Bradley in final OCC-Capital dual Saturday -- Home Rieman Invitational Of note: The Pacers were 2-3 in OCC-Capital duals before last Thursday.

*OCC-Capital match