Ready High School boys basketball player Joe Graessle has been working on a unique discipline the past few months.

Ready High School boys basketball player Joe Graessle has been working on a unique discipline the past few months.

As the Silver Knights' top outside shooter since his sophomore season, the 6-foot-4 senior isn't shy about regularly lofting up 3-pointers.

After making 35 3-pointers two seasons ago and finishing with 45 3s on the way to averaging 14 points last year, Graessle made six 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 36 points in a 67-47 win over Fairbanks on Dec. 12.

Getting himself to sometimes settle for other shots -- ones inside the arc -- is something he believes can be just as beneficial to his team's success during his final prep season.

"I've been working on trying to get more of a mid-range game," said Graessle, who has been receiving interest from Division II and III colleges, as well as from some smaller Division I programs. "Unfortunately, I shot too many 3s (in a 57-39 loss to) Hartley (on Dec. 11). I spent all summer trying to work off my dribble a few steps inside the 3-point line. It's tough when you've got an open 3 to go down closer to the basket."

Graessle made at least one 3-pointer in 20 of Ready's 23 games last year. He connected on three 3s in the loss to Hartley, but the Silver Knights struggled in their opener against a Hawks team that pounded Fisher Catholic 70-50 in its first game on Dec. 4.

In the win over Fairbanks, Graessle was moved from small forward into the post for a few possessions as an attempt to open up the offense.

Guards Eddy Bahen, Matt Biggs and Cody Culbertson complemented Graessle's standout performance in the win over Fairbanks.

Outside of Graessle, Ready's tallest players are senior Jackson Riffle (6-4) and junior Kyle Bergman (6-5), who each have little varsity experience.

"(Graessle) did a lot of good things, but most of his baskets came off assists," coach Don Worstell said. "We're not a very big group of guys, so we've got to compete on the glass a little bit more. Shot selection is paramount for us.

"We have a couple of set plays where we posted (Graessle) up a little bit. He saw a couple of shots go through, and when that happened, the basket just seems a little bigger."

Graessle is confident that his team will continue to progress as it prepares for its final games of the 2009 portion of its schedule Monday and Tuesday at the Celina HALLiday Shootout.

•After having 24 competitors out for the wrestling team when the season began, injuries have dropped Ready's numbers to about 15.

Three wrestlers who were expected to be regulars, including senior Christian Mayer (140 pounds), all are out for the season with injuries.

It has made for a difficult beginning to coach Chance Van Gundy's first season.

"I like the kids and I think we have a ton of support here," Van Gundy said. "We've had a lot of injuries, and that hurts. We're not even a shell of what we could have been."

The Silver Knights likely won't have senior Casey Beatty (189) when they are host to the 20-team Ready Winter Classic on Dec. 29-30. Beatty, who transferred from Central Crossing last year, was off to a 5-1 start before getting injured.

Positives early on have included the performances of Abe Chiapetta (10-2 at 130), Phil Halko (10-2 at 171), Josh Hall (11-0 at 112), David Martello (10-2 at 135) and Albert Rozman (11-1 at 125). Gregg Yoho lost his first five matches before winning five of his next seven at 119.

Last season, Ready finished second (190.5) in the 16-team Winter Classic behind Hamilton Township (210.5).

Top expected teams at the event this year include Division I-foes Dublin Coffman, Hilliard Davidson, Olentangy, Pickerington Central and Upper Arlington.