Coach Bob Fresch's relatively young Westerville Central High School wrestling team has already gained some valuable experience.

Coach Bob Fresch's relatively young Westerville Central High School wrestling team has already gained some valuable experience.

The squad has fared well in its first two tournaments, and has received several stellar efforts.

Leading the way has been sophomore Zach Brown, who is 10-0 entering the West Jefferson Invitational Tournament on Monday and Tuesday.

Brown opened the season 5-0 at 171 pounds at the Ken Ash Invitational at Licking Heights on Dec. 5, earning the most outstanding wrestler award.

The Warhawks finished third in the dual meet tournament at 3-2, behind Grove City (5-0) and Licking Heights (3-2), and ahead of Whitehall (3-2), Franklin Heights (1-4) and Northland (0-5).

The three-way tie for third place was decided on total points.

Dustin Carson, Kyle Winston, Drew Goosby and Pat McNabb were 4-1.

"It was a very good experience," Fresch said. "We had a lot of young kids, a lot of first-year kids wrestling, and the wrestlers that we've had for a few years did what we expected them to do. They did a great job."

Central, the defending champion at the Golden Eagle Wrestling Classic at Madison Plains, placed third on Dec. 12.

The Warhawks scored 297 points, finishing behind Marion Pleasant (402) and Westfall (396).

Brown was again perfect at 171 with a 5-0 record.

"I'm happy, but I have bigger goals," said Brown, who was a district alternate last season. "I want to go to state. I have to wrestle my best and wrestle fearless."

McNabb took first at heavyweight. Finishing second were Abraham Kemoh at 112 and Goosby at 189.

South, another relatively young team, has received strong efforts in the early season under first-year coach Tim Michel.

The Wildcats return to action on Jan. 7 when they oppose Olentangy and host Marysville in an OCC-Cardinal tri-match.

South is coming off an eighth-place finish (107) at the Tournament of Champions at Worthington Kilbourne last Saturday.

Host Kilbourne (288) claimed top honors, followed by Dublin Jerome (187) and Westland (177).

"I like my team's aggressiveness. Their neutral position takedowns are fantastic," Michel said. "We're good on our feet."

Senior Seth Carte led South, taking first at 145. He capped his perfect day by beating Jerome's Jack Austin in the finals by technical fall 15-0.

Amir Askari at 140 and Forrest Dill at 160 were fourth.

"I'm happy with one champion, but we want more," Michel said. "We have to get better in the defensive position, moving on the whistle."

Carte is 7-1, with his lone loss coming against New Albany's Kody Doyle 10-9 at the Golden Bear Invitational at Upper Arlington on Dec. 5.

"I'm happy, but I thought I should have won that match at the Golden Bear," Carte said. "I just have to try to practice harder and win more."

North's busy schedule includes competing in the Medina Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Monday and Tuesday.

Last season, the Warriors tied Licking Heights for 26th (55.5), behind first-place Massillon Perry (275).

North's challenging schedule has included finishing 40th (33.5) in the talent-laden Ironman Tournament at Walsh Jesuit on Dec. 11-12.

Blair Academy took first (196.5) in the 62-team field, followed by St. Paris Graham (157.5) and Lakewood St. Edward (137).

North's Josh Demas, the defending state champion at 152, renewed his rivalry with St. Edward's Nick Sulzer, dropping a 3-1 decision in the semifinals at 160.

Demas, who beat Sulzer 4-3 for the state title last season, settled for third place at the Ironman.

"We're doing good," Demas said. "Everybody is working their butts off. We have to improve mentally."