After missing his junior season with a right ACL injury, it didn't take long for Grove City High School wrestler Tanner Kennaw to re-establish himself as one of the top performers on the team.

After missing his junior season with a right ACL injury, it didn't take long for Grove City High School wrestler Tanner Kennaw to re-establish himself as one of the top performers on the team.

The senior is one of several competitors for the Greyhounds who have aspirations of advancing to the Division I state tournament.

Competing at 182 pounds, Kennaw was 9-0 before Grove City faced Central Crossing and Westland on Dec. 21.

"I'm very surprised coming off an injury like this," Kennaw said of his strong start. "I really didn't know what to expect moving up two weight classes."

Tanner Stevens (9-1 at 220) and Dane Whittier (8-1 at heavyweight) also have performed well for Grove City.

Coach Jay DiMasso said Kennaw is a leader on and off the mat for the Greyhounds.

"He's a stellar kid in the classroom," DiMasso said. "He's the No. 1 leader on the team. He's the first kid to pick up the mop (to clean the mats) and the last one to leave the (practice) room if we have stuff going on that needs help."

That even happened last season despite his injury. DiMasso said Kennaw remained involved with the team despite facing recovery from surgery and later physical therapy.

"I did whatever I could do to come and support the team," Kennaw said.

Kennaw injured his right knee in summer 2015 while preparing for football season. He had a strong showing in his return to wrestling Dec. 3, going 4-0 to finish first in his weight class in the Tony Pizzurro Memorial Tournament at DeSales.

Kennaw went 3-0 in the Dan Gartner Duals on Dec. 10 at Whitehall to again finish first. He also was named the event's Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Stevens and Whittier also finished first at DeSales and Whitehall.

Kennaw is seeking his first state berth. He went 0-2 at 160 as a sophomore at district.

"As a freshman, we knew he had a fierce desire to compete and win," DiMasso said. "He did not like to lose and would run through a brick wall for you. With those attributes, it doesn't matter if they're a freshman or a senior. Those things alone are going to tell you he's going to be a winner."

Kennaw credits Stevens for his successful return to wrestling. The two train together during practices.

"He definitely works me and makes sure I do what I'm doing to become the best wrestler I can be," Kennaw said.

Kennaw, a linebacker, also returned to the football team this fall but missed the second half of the season after injuring the meniscus in the same knee. He was cleared to wrestle in early November.

"For being out an entire season, to come back and be undefeated right now and his knee not hampering him that much, I'm happy," DiMasso said. "I can't say I'm surprised because he's a tough competitor, but I'm extremely happy and just hope for the best."

Kennaw hopes to continue wrestling following graduation. He has applied to all five service academies and has received nominations for the Marine Corps and Air Force from U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers.

The Greyhounds next compete Jan. 7 in the Grandview Invitational.

Boys basketball team rebounds to beat Darby

The boys basketball team bounced back from a pair of losses to beat visiting Hilliard Darby 76-58 on Dec. 17.

Isaiah Dewberry and Anthony Tyree had 20 points and 10 rebounds apiece, and P.J. Jones added 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

The Greyhounds were 3-3 overall before playing Franklin Heights on Dec. 20. They are 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio Division.

Grove City lost at Groveport 58-46 on Dec. 13 and at home against Reynoldsburg 53-34 in a league game Dec. 16.

Dewberry scored 11 points against Groveport and Jones had 11 against Reynoldsburg.

Girls team to play in holiday classic

The girls basketball team will play in the Jeff Sheets Holiday Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Teays Valley.

The Greyhounds face Dublin Jerome on Dec. 27 and the host Vikings on Dec. 28.

Grove City was 4-2 overall before playing Franklin Heights on Dec. 20. The team is 1-2 in the OCC-Ohio.

The Greyhounds bounced back from a 74-35 league loss at Reynoldsburg on Dec. 16 to beat Darby 61-48 on Dec. 17.

Gina Conti scored 17 points, Erin Kilmurry had 12 and Yasmine Strausbaugh added 10 against Darby.

Kilmurry had 11 points and Molly Michalak added 10 against Reynoldsburg.

Gymnasts finish fourth at Bradley

The gymnastics team finished fourth (124.1) behind champion Olentangy (132.4) in the 12-team Hilliard Bradley Invitational on Dec. 17.

Anna Stoll was 10th (32.65) in the all-around.