Marcus Najdusak won the 106-pound weight class for the Grove City High School wrestling team Jan. 30 in the Watkins Memorial Invitational.

Marcus Najdusak won the 106-pound weight class for the Grove City High School wrestling team Jan. 30 in the Watkins Memorial Invitational.

The junior went 5-0 to improve to 27-3 overall, defeating Watkins Memorial's Zane Rennie 4-2 in the final.

The Greyhounds tied McConnelsville Morgan for fifth (131 points) of 10 teams behind champion Marysville (256.5).

Brandon VanSickle was third (170) while Andy Beatty (120), Ray Madero (138) and Dane Whittier (heavyweight) all took fourth. Justin Swavely (126, fifth), Cameron Ellis (132, sixth), Tanner Stevens (182, seventh) and Hunter Barker (145, eighth) also placed.

The Greyhounds opened the Division I state team tournament by losing to Upper Arlington 52-18 in the second round Jan. 27 at Central Crossing. Grove City was seeded sixth in Region 6-A and UA was seeded third.

"We gave up four forfeits, so when you do the math it makes things pretty tough," said coach Jay DiMasso, whose team is 4-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division entering a dual Thursday, Feb. 4, at home against Pickerington Central. "Any time you give up a 24-point head start, it's difficult to recover from."

Beatty and VanSickle won by pin, and Chase Jones (138) and Najdusak won in decisions.

"We also have several injuries with 152-pounder Cashus Chavis out with a knee injury and 160-pounder Tyler Mullins out because of concussion protocol," said DiMasso, whose team competes in the All-North Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Dublin Jerome. "We just have to keep working hard as we go toward sectional."

Wimer earns top honor at Delaware

Central Crossing's James Wimer won Most Valuable Wrestler honors in the Rieman Invitational on Jan. 30 at Delaware.

The senior 138-pounder beat Massillon Perry's Joe Koontz 9-8 in a final that pitted state-placers from last year. Wimer was fifth last season at 132 in Division I and Koontz was third at 138 in Division II when he competed for Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.

Senior Jackson Lakso won at 113 while surpassing 150 wins for his career. He now has 153 career victories.

Heavyweight Kameron Teacher also won a title for the Comets, who finished fifth (169) of 12 teams behind champion Perry (285). Zach Collins (120) and J.D. Woods (126) both finished second and Ethan Leapley (160) was fourth.

The Comets faced Dublin Coffman on Feb. 3 in a regional semifinal of the Division I state team tournament, with the winner competing later that night against Hilliard Bradley or host Marysville in the Region 6 final.

The regional champion advanced to a state quarterfinal Feb. 14 at Ohio State's St. John Arena.

In Region 6-A matches Jan. 27 at home, the second-seeded Comets defeated seventh-seeded Westland 46-33 and UA 43-29.

The Comets are 2-3 in the OCC-Central and compete Thursday, Feb. 4, at home against Westland.