When Trent Brooks took over as Ready High School wrestling coach last year, he set the goal of building higher participation numbers and having the program become one the area's best on a consistent basis.

When Trent Brooks took over as Ready High School wrestling coach last year, he set the goal of building higher participation numbers and having the program become one the area's best on a consistent basis.

Having two freshmen make the Division III state tournament a year ago wasn't a bad place to start.

The Silver Knights had just five competitors during the postseason because of injuries, but they have 16 out this year after losing no one to graduation.

Sophomore Caleb Brooks, who is the coach's son and will compete at 126 or 132 pounds, and sophomore Tristin Siemer, who is wrestling at 170, are back to lead the way.

Ready opened Dec. 5 in the Cambridge Invitational.

"I'm hoping I can get all of these guys wrestling the style when I was at Canal Winchester," said coach Brooks, who was the Indians' coach for 12 seasons before coming to Ready. "Ready has been spotty with its numbers over the years. We've got a lot of young kids. Everybody is back, but we've also got a lot of inexperienced kids. We want to start making that turn to where we've got one of the better teams in central Ohio."

Caleb Brooks went 53-5 overall and finished fifth at 106 at state last season. Siemer went 0-2 at state at 160 and finished 29-17 overall.

The other returnees who competed in the postseason are senior Hunter Inks (160), junior Matt Stover (182) and sophomore Shawn Stover (220).

Also back are juniors Daniel Halko (145) and Patrick Jansen (220).

Junior Daris Martinez (182), sophomores Emerson Alfaro (152), Alan Delgado (113) and Charlie Omameh (220) and freshmen Andrew Halko (120) and Nathan Saucedo (heavyweight) are others looking to contribute.

Bowlers look to build on state run

The boys bowling team returns three of its top players coming off a season in which it finished 15th in the 16-team Division II state tournament.

Expected to lead the way after averaging 189 apiece last year are seniors Chris McCarty and Ryan O'Harra. Junior Ian Binns was another key contributor throughout the postseason.

"(We have) inexperienced bowlers in the four, five and six positions," 15th-year coach Russ Rehner said.

"They're learning very quickly and showing improvement. McCarty and O'Harra will carry the team."

Ready, which opened by losing to Olentangy Liberty 2,102-2,058 on Nov. 17, began CCL action Dec. 2 by beating Hartley 2,195-1,739 at Game of Western Columbus.

Although the Knights are considered members of the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central after winning the division at 15-0 last season, CCL programs are no longer eligible to compete in the COHSBC roll-off tournament, according to Rehner. Instead of playing every team in the COHSBC-Central once, each of the five CCL programs will face one another twice while not competing against some of the other COHSBC-Central teams.

Last season, the boys finished fourth (3,157) behind champion Groveport (3,312) in the conference roll-off.

The only girl in the program is senior Adrianna Martin, who competed throughout the regular season last year with the boys and then placed 20th (425) at sectional and 27th (409) in the girls district tournament.

Also on the team are juniors Tylan Beckelheimer, Connor Carrera, Michael Waldo and Jacob Winslow.

Swimmers set to start season

The boys and girls swimming and diving teams will open Monday, Dec. 8, against Grove City, Grove City Christian and Whetstone at the Grove City YMCA.

Of the five that competed for the program last year, three are back.

Senior Emily Cline and junior Olivia Rowe return for the girls team, while freshman Eva Grace has joined the squad.

Sophomore Josh Conturo is a returnee and the boys team's only competitor.

The Knights lost Joey Smith from the boys team and Beth Cline from the girls team to graduation. Smith finished fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (26.01 seconds) at sectional last year, but did not qualify for district.

"The goal is to improve each individual's time and have swimmers qualify for the district meet," fourth-year coach Rick Cline said.