At 6-foot-5, Wesley King of the Dublin Scioto High School wrestling team has the kind of physique that can be intimidating.

At 6-foot-5, Wesley King of the Dublin Scioto High School wrestling team has the kind of physique that can be intimidating.

Almost always, the senior, who competes at 220 pounds, towers over his opponent.

"I don't really see many people taller than I am," said King, who has a 32-4 record this season heading into an OCC-Cardinal Division dual against Dublin Jerome on Thursday, Jan. 26. "Most of the guys I wrestle are shorter and stronger, but I've learned to use my body to my advantage."

In doing so, the wins have piled up this season for King, a Division I state qualifier last season who was ranked second in his weight class in the Division I area coaches poll last week.

He won championships in Scioto's Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament on Jan. 7 and the Ready Winter Classic on Dec. 28 and 29 and placed fifth in one of the state's elite events, the Alliance Top Gun Tournaments, which was held Jan. 13 and 14.

"He's certainly progressed over the course of the season," coach Aaron McKenzie said of King, who was 37-13 last season. "He seems to be more fundamentally sound. He's going at opponents based on what they're doing. That's something we've been focused on this season and I think that's helped him out tremendously."

Given King's height, most of his opponents aim for his legs. The key for tall wrestlers is to keep a low stance in order to protect the legs and maintain maneuverability.

This season, King has compiled 46 takedowns and allowed only 10. His length gives him leverage over his opponents, especially when he's on top.

"I'm really more confident this year and I feel like I know better what I'm doing, especially from the neutral position," King said. "Last year, I wasn't good at it and getting takedowns. I just had problems reacting. People like trying to attack my legs because I have more difficulty defending them."

According to McKenzie, that strategy has proven to be effective for Olentangy senior Alex Steinmetz, who has defeated King three times this season.

Steinmetz won 5-4 in the Patrick Brown Invitational on Dec. 3 at Olentangy and beat King twice, 9-5 and 3-2, in the Top Gun Tournament. The third victory came in a consolation semifinal of the Top Gun Tournament.

"I guarantee they'll see each other again," McKenzie said. "They would've wrestled (in an OCC-Cardinal Division match on Jan. 19), but Wes had a skin issue and had to sit out. I think with Steinmetz there's somewhat of a mental block, but Wes is making fewer mistakes and if he keeps moving the way he is, he should get back to the state tournament."

Last season at 215, King placed third in the district tournament at Hilliard Darby. He then went 0-2 at state, being pinned in 1 minute, 20 seconds by the eventual state champion, Wadsworth's Nick Tavenello, in the first round before losing 7-1 to Cincinnati Oak Hills' Logan Andriot.

"I put a lot of work in over the summer," King said. "I want to place this year. I've been there now and I know I was nervous. I think this year I'll be a lot more comfortable."