Chad Davis had no illusions that his Grandview Heights High School wrestling team would win its home meet Jan. 21, but he saw promise in the outcome.

Chad Davis had no illusions that his Grandview Heights High School wrestling team would win its home meet Jan. 21, but he saw promise in the outcome.

The Bobcats had only three competitors in the 37th annual Grandview Bobcat Invitational, but the first-year coach said logging more varsity matches was the most important thing for his wrestlers.

"This was definitely a confidence-builder," Davis said. "We tried to set it up so we could get as many matches in as we could, which was helpful because we had some other young teams here as well. Just getting out there and getting more experience was our main goal."

All three wrestlers placed for the Bobcats, who finished 11th in the 12-team event. Hamilton Township won with 303.5 points, followed by Marion-Franklin (254.5), Logan Elm (253), Fairfield Union (212.5), Buckeye Valley (204), Bexley (144.5), Columbus East (135.5), Columbus Academy (119), Watterson (75), Northland (50.5), Grandview (34.5) and Africentric (32).

Sophomore heavyweight A.J. Pinyerd and freshman 126-pounder Ben Jump both placed fifth and sophomore Sam Callison was sixth at 170.

The 250-pound Pinyerd defeated Logan Dziak of Buckeye Valley 6-3 in a fifth-place match.

"I really wanted that match," Pinyerd said. "Heavyweight can be so hard because everyone is so big and they keep pushing on you. I wasn't about to give up."

Jump defeated Fairfield Union's Logan Snyder 12-1 in a fifth-place match.

"I think I did a good job being offensive and taking the first step," Jump said. "This will give us some confidence going into the rest of our meets."

Callison lost 5-1 to Robert Allen of East in a fifth-place match.

"I need to make sure to pay attention to the little things because I'm not finishing," Callison said.

The bad weather did not have much of an impact on the event, which started Jan. 20. Davis said one team, Zanesville West Muskingum, dropped out.

The Bobcats competed in a three-team meet Jan. 25 at Centerburg. They will participate Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Sally George Invitational at Marion Pleasant.

•The boys basketball team had not lost in the new year, winning five consecutive games before playing Fisher Catholic in an MSL-Cardinal Division contest Jan. 24.

In a non-league game Jan. 17, the Bobcats beat North Union 52-46. Andy Treasure had 18 points and Oliver Rouch added nine.

They defeated Harvest Prep 56-44 on Jan. 20 to improve to 8-3 overall and 6-1 in the MSL-Cardinal. Treasure scored 14 points, Spencer Rinehart had 12 and Payton Jones added 10.

Entering this week, the Bobcats were tied for first in the MSL-Cardinal with Licking Heights at 6-1, followed by West Jefferson (5-1), Millersport (4-3), Fisher Catholic (3-4), Berne Union (2-5), Harvest Prep (1-6) and Liberty Union (0-6).

Grandview plays host to Licking Heights on Friday, Jan. 27. In the first meeting Dec. 16, the Bobcats lost 71-53 as Hayden Wernet led with 14 points, Rouch had 11 and Jones and Treasure both scored nine.

"We talk about competing each possession and taking things one possession at a time whether on offense or defense," coach Ray Corbett said. "That's the important thing for us."

The Bobcats also play a non-league game at home Tuesday, Jan. 31, against Amanda-Clearcreek.

•The bowling teams have continued to set program records.

The girls team recorded its highest score in a match with a 1,209-1,096 win Jan. 11 over Linden-McKinley.

On Jan. 17, the Bobcats improved on that score with a 1,246-1,183 victory over Centennial.

Against the Stars, Maddie Gibbons rolled program records for a game (188) and a series (364).

"We talk about doing our best and getting better each time we bowl, and we have been doing that," coach Tony Thivener said. "But we have some matches that if we can continue to improve, we can win some matches."

The boys lost to Centennial 2,116-1,775 despite a personal-best 326 series from Jake Bottorf.

On Jan. 19, the Bobcats lost to St. Charles 2,036-1,972 but set several standards. The 1,972 team score was a season best, and Conner Sarich was medalist with program records for a game (261) and series (489).

The boys team beat Hartley 1,633-1,528 on Jan. 23 and was 6-7 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central before facing Watterson on Jan. 25. The girls were 3-7 overall and in the COHSBC-Central after losing to Hartley 1,343-945.

The Bobcats might add some matches. They have none scheduled before the sectional tournaments, which are Feb. 17 (boys) and Feb. 18 (girls) at Eastern and Western lanes.