The Delaware Hayes High School wrestling team has returned nine district qualifiers, including a pair of state qualifiers in seniors Greg Brusco (145 pounds) and Chris Martinez (195).

The Delaware Hayes High School wrestling team has returned nine district qualifiers, including a pair of state qualifiers in seniors Greg Brusco (145 pounds) and Chris Martinez (195).

Competing at 138 last season, Brusco placed third in the Division I state tournament at Ohio State and finished 49-4. A three-time state qualifier and two-time placer, Brusco defeated the eventual champion -- Dublin Coffman's Dominick Demas -- to win the district title and beat a 2014 state champion -- Oregon Clay's Richie Screptock -- in a consolation semifinal at state before getting pinned by Brecksville-Broadview Heights' Justin DeMicco in the third-place match.

"Greg is the most decorated individual wrester in Hayes' history and recently committed to Wheeling Jesuit University to wrestle next year," 10th-year coach Josh Heffernan said. "He is simply the hardest worker I have ever coached. He trains relentlessly with his eyes on a state title, which is totally within his grasp."

Martinez went 1-2 at state to finish 47-6.

"Chris is one of the slickest big men I've ever coached," said Heffernan, whose team opened Dec. 5 in the Granville Invitational. "He worked hard in the offseason to build himself into a more physically solid 195-pounder and got in over 100 offseason matches. Most state rankings out there have him as a state placer."

The other returning district qualifiers are seniors Jalill Barnes (132), Jakota Carter (182) and Brandyn Dydek (145), juniors Carter Davidson (170), Max Wright (160) and Garrett Young (152) and sophomore James White IV (120).

Wright was a state alternate last season, finishing 39-10.

"Max Wright missed the state tournament after finishing fifth in a tough district field that boasted three state medalists," Heffernan said. "He, too, trains year-round and has competed against some of the best in the nation in the offseason with great success."

Rounding out the returnees are senior Paul Lance (heavyweight) and junior Ian Mayberry (138).

Others looking to contribute are senior Tommy King (126), junior Grant Conahan (220), sophomores Jacob Henley (138) and Zane Hypes (160) and freshmen Jacob Baker (138), Jason Dominguez (126), Drew Ersham (heavyweight), Scott Huston (170), Kassi Killian (145), Jacob McCloskey (120), Josh McSweeney (heavyweight), Stan Sorn (heavyweight), Kelly Waddell (106) and Zach Williams (106).

"Conahan did not wrestle last year because of an injury and Williams was a two-time state qualifier in middle school," Heffernan said. "We have good depth with many options. Though our overall numbers are a bit down this year, we have quite a few No. 2s, and even No. 3s, at weights who can win at the varsity level."

Delaware advanced 11 to district from the 11-team Watkins Memorial sectional. The Pacers won the sectional (237.5 points) ahead of runner-up Hilliard Bradley (179), as Brusco, Martinez and Wright won titles. At district at Hilliard Darby, the Pacers finished ninth (66) behind champion Central Crossing (171.5) as 37 teams scored.

Delaware went 6-1 in the OCC-Capital Division to place second, behind Mount Vernon (7-0).

"We may have a hole or two in the lower weights early (in the season) as guys get down to weight," Heffernan said. "We won't be at full strength until January, which is fine. Our main goal is to win the league title. Everything else is gravy. We have a team capable of winning much more."

Glesenkamp, Puthoff to lead girls swimmers

Juniors Brooke Glesenkamp and Kristen Puthoff are expected to lead the girls swimming and diving team after being key components last season, when the Pacers finished 16th in the Division I state meet at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Glesenkamp placed seventh in the 50-yard freestyle in a program-record 23.78 seconds and was eighth in the 100 free (51.85) at state, as the Pacers (37 points) finished behind champion Upper Arlington (285) as 55 teams scored.

Glesenkamp and Puthoff were members of the 400 free relay that placed 12th (3:33.79), along with 2015 graduates Sam Curtin and Bethany Ward. The 200 free relay of Glesenkamp, Puthoff, junior Marisa Sulek and Curtin placed 15th (1:38.65).

"Brooke has devoted the offseason to working in the weight room on strength and conditioning and she continues to develop all her strokes, but specializes in sprint freestyle," 26th-year coach Bill Rietz said. "Kristen has developed into an all-around freestyler, from sprints to distance. She had a taste of the state meet and is hungry for continued progress."

Also returning are seniors Addie Gannon and Nina Sferella and juniors Lindsey Pollock, Molly Schul and Hannah Weller.

Senior Helen Thomson will compete in diving. Completing the roster are juniors Shannon Bertsch, Megan Rice and Megan Rumbalski, sophomores Emma Fenton, Mikayla Lloyd, Emily Metheney and Josie Palumbo and freshmen Elysia Detweiler, Kelly Godfrey, Jessica Hackathorn, Natalie Johnson, Val Keller, Hannah Kelly, Danielle Spryn and Dani Ward.

At district last year at Ohio University, Glesenkamp lowered her record in the 100 free to 51.67, Curtin placed third in the 200 free in a program-record 1:52.98 and the 200 free relay placed fourth in a program-record 1:38.24. Delaware also set three meet records in the 14-team sectional at Thomas Worthington.

"I expect Hannah Weller, Marisa Sulek, Molly Schul and Lindsey Pollock to have strong seasons, too," Rietz said. "The seven freshmen will make a direct impact and I think at least three of them could qualify for district."

Boys swim team lacking experience

The boys swimming and diving team is young, with just four key returnees and two seniors on its 15-member roster.

The Pacers' top individual finishes at district last season were turned in by junior Remington Curtin (22nd in 50 free, 23.18; 30th in 100 free, 51.3) and 2015 graduate Mason Nicol (20th in 500 free, 5:14.09; 28th in 200 free, 1:56.09).

Juniors Thomas Blackwood and Noah Planisek both competed in all three relays at district, with classmate Craig Klumpp competing in the 200 medley relay.

"The junior class is the nucleus of the returning members from last season," Rietz said. "There are eight new swimmers joining the ranks to add to seven returnees.

"Craig developed all four strokes to qualify for district in the 200 (individual medley). His breaststroke is his bread and butter and he has his sights set on Canton in his specialty stroke. Remy is a versatile athlete who loves to sprint but is capable of scoring well in most events. Noah and Thomas rise to the occasion in crunch time. They will continue the trend of progression they displayed in the previous two seasons."

Completing the roster are seniors Lance Kriesch and Noah Spahr, sophomores Ethan Hall, Zach Kendrick, Thomas Meehan and Andrew Sarna and freshmen Kael Gannon, Matt Hanks, Luke McCarthy, Lucas Pape and Adryan Rojas.

"The freshmen bring needed depth to a squad with only four letterwinners," Rietz said. "How quickly they adjust to high school meet events and distances will determine the team's success in January and February."