Any hopes the Worthington Christian High School wrestling team had of having postseason success began to fade well before it hit the mats last Saturday at Cardington for the Division III sectional tournament.

Any hopes the Worthington Christian High School wrestling team had of having postseason success began to fade well before it hit the mats last Saturday at Cardington for the Division III sectional tournament.

After earning a runner-up finish at 145 pounds at the CCL championships Feb. 13, junior David Feusse came down with an illness early in the week.

He did not practice after Monday and was unable to participate at the sectional.

As the week wore on, sophomore Caleb Duffey (152) -- another of the Warriors' best hopes of advancing to district -- also battled illness and went 0-2 at the sectional.

By the time the sectional was over, Worthington Christian had no victories among three competitors.

The Warriors originally had six athletes come out for the team but had just four participating by season's end.

"It was just a bad week," coach Ross Luckett said. "David Feusse had a stomach flu and wasn't able to wrestle and then Caleb Duffey got the flu and wasn't able to get it going throughout the weekend. David had it so bad that he didn't make it to school basically all week. It really sunk in and got him pretty good and he wasn't able to bounce back from it."

The Warriors did score three points but placed last at the 15-team sectional behind champion Northmor (218.5), as sophomore Grant Dingess (125) finished sixth despite going 0-3. He earned three victories on the season.

Duffey went 0-2 at the sectional and finished with a 15-18 record. Junior Sam Isner (160) went 0-2 and finished with two victories on the season. Feusse finished with an 11-17 record.

Also on the team at the start of the season were senior Harry Duffey (160/171) and junior Nathan Deskins (152), but neither competed in matches. Harry Duffey finished second at the sectional at 171 last year and then went 1-2 at district to finish 24-14.

Worthington Christian ended up last (28) in the six-team CCL tournament behind champion St. Charles (181).

"We're looking to get some summer work in," said Luckett, who completed his second season. "They honestly all are getting better, and we're just looking to expand next year. We definitely have some guys who are interested in competing next year."

•The girls basketball team lost to seventh-seeded Wellington 49-27 in the first round of the Division IV tournament Feb. 18 at Pickerington North to finish 6-14 overall.

The Warriors won three of their first four games but lost their final seven.

In its final season in the CCL, Worthington Christian finished 0-10 to place sixth behind champion Watterson (10-0).

Of the 16 players in the program, 11 were freshmen and the only seniors were Kaley Heath and Sarah Morford. Heath averaged three points, including scoring a season-high 14 points in a 71-37 loss to DeSales on Feb. 8.

Freshman Stacy Hecker led the team in scoring, averaging 10 points per game, and classmates Audrey Rettstatt (6.5 ppg), Megan Beidelman (5 ppg) and Abbie Moss (3.5 ppg) and sophomore Allie Custer (4.5 ppg) also were key players.

Worthington Christian, which had lost to Wellington 44-42 on Dec. 1, earned the eighth seed for the district tournament but trailed the Jaguars 37-19 after three quarters in the rematch.

"(Wellington had) four seniors and I think they just wanted it more than we did," first-year coach Tim Brown said. "It was a new experience for us, and our inexperience showed.

"We've got seven of our top eight scorers back, and the foundation has been laid. We have some different goals we want them to work on individually and we'll also do some team-bonding things in the offseason. Ten of our losses were in the CCL, so I think being independent is going to help us in the future. I'm pretty excited about the future."

•Worthington Christian's first experience at the sectional boys bowling tournament resulted in a 24th-place finish (3,202) last Friday at Rainbow Lanes as no individuals advanced to district.

The top scorer was senior Jared Shields, who led the team in average all season and rolled a 499 in three games at sectional.

Also last Friday, senior RJ Murray (449) and freshman Jason Boucouras (423) each rolled three games and sophomores Devin Baker (281) and Noah Thederan (215) and freshman Jess Meyers (256) all rolled two games.

"It was an absolute great experience," said Dean Boucouras, who was the school representative while Paul Brown and Blair Blumenscheid did most of the bowling instruction. "The young men competed very hard and showed the utmost level of professionalism. We're looking forward to next year and beyond."

According to Dean Boucouras, the first-year program hopes to add a girls team and a junior varsity boys squad next year. The Warriors' season began in early January with competition in the Central Ohio-Blue Division.

Worthington Christian defeated Eastmoor Academy 1,712-1,410 in Central-Blue play Jan. 26 at Capri Lanes for its only dual victory.

"There is a heightened level of interest among the students," Dean Boucouras said. "The young men and the coaches have laid a foundation for the future. It was great to see how they encouraged each other, and it was great to see the support from the school and from Capri Lanes. The improvement they all showed since the beginning of the season has been phenomenal."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Worthington Christian boys basketball and boys bowling teams:


Feb. 16 -- Game vs. Mansfield St. Peter's was postponed because of bad weather. No makeup date has been announced.

*Last Friday -- Lost to Hartley 44-24

Last Wednesday -- Played seventh-seeded North Union in first round of the Division III tournament. The winner plays Saturday (8 p.m.) at Orange against sixth-seeded Marion Elgin, with the victor moving on to a district semifinal Wednesday (8 p.m.) at the Fairgrounds Coliseum against Madison Plains, Johnstown or West Jefferson. The district final is March 11 (9 p.m.) at the Fairgrounds. Worthington Christian is the 15th seed.

Of note: The Warriors were 6-13 overall before last Wednesday and finished 1-9 in the CCL.


*Feb. 16 -- Match vs. Westerville South at Capri Lanes was postponed because of bad weather. The match will not be made up.

Last Friday -- Finished 24th (3,202) in 30-team sectional tournament at Rainbow Lanes behind champion Granville (3,821)

Of note: The Warriors finished 1-7 overall and in the Central Ohio-Blue Division.

*CCL game