The Watkins Memorial High School wrestling team is competing in the same two holiday meets as it did last season.

The Watkins Memorial High School wrestling team is competing in the same two holiday meets as it did last season.

The Warriors participated in the first one Dec. 18 and 19, finishing 18th (63.5 points) in the 31-team North Canton Holiday Classic, behind champion Wadsworth (173.5).

Next up is the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Holiday Tournament on Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Wright State University.

"Our goal was to fare better than we did last season in both of them, and we did that in the North Canton tournament," coach Mark Kurth said. "We didn't wrestle our best and probably let at least three of four matches get away from us that we should've won. But overall, it was much better than last season."

Last season, the Warriors finished 19th (53.5) of 34 teams in the North Canton event, behind champion Parkersburg (W.Va.) South (221.5), and 13th (74) of 26 teams in the Division I competition of the Greater Miami Valley tournament, behind champion Cincinnati Glen Este (116.5).

"We did better at Wright State than we did at North Canton last year, and I am hoping to see that this time, too," Kurth said. "We were much better prepared for North Canton than we were last year because we hadn't participated in big meets like that in past years. The whole idea last year was to get experience on the big stage, especially for our wrestlers who we figured could get to state.

"So almost all of our guys we went to North Canton with knew what to expect this year, and all but one of them won at least one match."

Junior Max Boyd (182 pounds) was the only Warrior to place at North Canton. He finished fifth and improved to 6-2 on the season.

Junior Alec Fulwider (113) went 3-2 and also is 6-2 on the season and senior Robert Speaks (152) went 3-2 to move to 5-3.

Boys basketball team falls to Heath

The boys basketball team had trouble with on-ball defense and lost to host Heath 59-52 on Dec. 22, as the Warriors fell to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the LCL.

That came on the heels of a 66-43 win over Licking Valley on Dec. 19.

James Looney made five 3-pointers against the Panthers.

Looney, a senior guard, finished with 17 points for the Warriors, who made nine shots from behind the arc against the Panthers. Senior forward Alex Miles added 15 points with three 3-pointers and had three assists.

Senior post player Westley Brandon had a team-high seven rebounds, as Watkins Memorial outrebounded the Panthers 31-23.

The Warriors have back-to-back home games Monday, Dec. 28, against Delaware and Tuesday, Dec. 29, against Mifflin. Their next league game is Jan. 5 at Licking Heights.

Girls basketball team struggling for wins

The girls basketball team fell to 4-5 overall after losing to Westerville Central 51-32 on Dec. 22.

It was the third loss in a row and fourth in five games for the Warriors.

The Warriors lost to host Lakewood 46-28 on Dec. 18 to drop 2-3 in the LCL. It was their lowest point total of the season.

Their previous low came in a 43-38 league loss at Licking Valley on Dec. 9.

Lexi Denison had seven points and Hannah Smith scored six against Lakewood.

Watkins Memorial travels to Dublin Scioto on Monday, Dec. 28, before playing host to Bexley on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

The Warriors' next league game is Jan. 6 at Johnstown.