Having a lineup that's fruitful from the smallest weights to heavyweight should serve the Dublin Coffman High School wrestling team well going forward.
With the second half of the regular season still to come, the Shamrocks already have an invitational championship and the experience of competing in a historically strong tournament to their credit.
After scoring 288 points to win the 17-team Big Walnut Classic on Dec. 8, Coffman finished fifth (126.5) of 29 teams in the 59th annual North Canton Holiday Invitational held Dec. 14 and 15 at North Canton Hoover, behind champion Wadsworth (175). The Grizzlies placed third at last year's Division I state tournament.
"I believe we could've wrestled much better (at Hoover) as a team," coach Chance Van Gundy said. "With that said, every wrestler still won a match or more and contributed to the team score. That definitely shows how balanced we are from top to bottom."
Coffman is host to Olentangy Orange, New Albany and Reynoldsburg on Thursday, Dec. 20, and then will compete Dec. 27 and 28 in the Medina Invitational Tournament. Wadsworth is defending champion of the Medina Invitational.
At Hoover, Lennox Wolak (195 pounds) was runner-up, Seth Shumate (182) placed third and Antonio Gonzalez (152) and Eric Feng (heavyweight) both were fourth.
The only weight class in which Coffman didn't score was 126, where Ismael Ayoub was unable to participate because of an injury.
In the Big Walnut Classic, which featured teams mostly from central Ohio, Jimmy Baumann (120), Ayoub (132), Shumate (182) and Wolak (195) all finished first and Gonzalez (160) and Nick Copley (170) were runners-up.
Gymnasts get season started
The gymnastics team consists of four athletes this winter.
Returning from last season are senior Lauren Delfunt and junior Allexia Dempsey, while freshmen Jordan Jones and Lex Lewis round out the roster.
The Shamrocks scored 78.8 points to finish fourth in a five-team meet Dec. 11 at Worthington Kilbourne behind champion Jerome (131.5) and then finished 14th (73.15) in the Hilliard Invitational on Dec. 15 at Davidson behind champion Jerome (136.05).
Delfunt and Jones competed in the all-around at the Hilliard Invitational, with Delfunt and Jones posting 7.75 and 7.1, respectively, on vault for their best scores.
"Both of (the freshmen) are trying super hard, have been super coachable and they've been putting harder things in their routines," said third-year coach Kristen Willms, who also coaches Jerome and Scioto. "Next year, we've got some kids that will hopefully be coming in with some club experience.
"This year with Coffman, my goal is to have all four doing all-around so we can have a team score. I think we can do it."
Girls basketball team looking to stay hot
The girls basketball team improved to 8-0 overall with a 91-41 victory over Olentangy on Dec. 15.
The Shamrocks are 3-0 in the OCC-Central Division as they continue league action Friday, Dec. 21, at Marysville.
Coffman should face its toughest test to date when it plays defending Division III state champion Africentric in the Lady Rocks Classic at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at home.
The Nubians, who feature Tennessee-signee Jordan Horston, were 6-0 after beating Detroit Edison 65-60 on Dec. 15. Africentric was fourth and Edison was fifth in last week's MaxPreps.com Super 25 national rankings.
While senior and Ohio State-signee Jacy Sheldon is averaging 27.5 points to lead the area in scoring, the Shamrocks also have one of central Ohio's top freshmen in Imarianah Russell.
Coach Bryan Patton knew his team might be inheriting a special talent when he saw Russell play for the Sells Middle School.
"She's a very good player," Patton said. "Physically, she's got all the tools. She's aggressive and she fits in well. We thought she'd contribute."
Against Olentangy, Russell made three 3-pointers and totaled 28 points to increase her scoring average to 14.9.
"When I was playing eighth grade at Sells, (some Coffman players) came to the games and watched, so everything has been smooth," Russell said. "Everybody knows their roles."
Dec. 11 -- at Worthington Kilbourne with Jerome, Scioto and Olentangy Liberty
Dec. 15 -- Hilliard Invitational at Hilliard Davidson
Jan. 2 -- vs. Jerome, Scioto, Dresden Tri-Valley, Liberty and Olentangy
Jan. 5 -- Wolfpack Invitational at Kilbourne
Jan. 12 -- McGee Invitational at home
Jan. 15 -- at *Upper Arlington with Jerome, Scioto, *Grove City and Olentangy Berlin
Jan. 21 -- vs. Jerome, Scioto, *Central Crossing, *Franklin Heights and *Westland
Jan. 29 -- vs. Delaware, Grove City, *Marysville and Westerville Central
Jan. 31 -- at *Davidson with Jerome, Scioto, Hilliard Bradley and Hilliard Darby
Feb. 5 -- at Thomas Worthington with Jerome, Scioto and Westerville Central
Feb. 9 -- OCC-Central meet at Thomas
Below are the coming schedules for the Coffman boys basketball, girls basketball, hockey and wrestling teams:
*Dec. 21 -- Home vs. Marysville
*Dec. 21 -- At Marysville
*Dec. 22 -- St. Charles at OhioHealth Ice Haus
Dec. 20 -- Home vs. Olentangy Orange, New Albany and Reynoldsburg