As Grove City High School senior wrestler Justin Swavely approached 100 career wins, he didn't have to look far for motivation.
Any extra push he may have needed was generated from within his family.
Swavely's brother, Jacob, is a 2010 graduate who won 107 matches for the Greyhounds. Justin Swavely earned his 100th victory Jan. 24 with a 43-second pin of Pickerington Central's Carter Wade at 138 pounds.
"My brother had 107 wins, so hopefully I can beat him," Swavely said. "I was in grade school when he wrestled. He pushed me into the sport because I used to play basketball, but he was convincing pushing me into wrestling."
Swavely improved to 19-5 on the season and 106-33 for his career while finishing third at 138 in the All-North Tournament on Feb. 9 at Dublin Jerome.
He helped celebrate senior night Feb. 7 with OCC-Ohio Division wins over Gahanna (45-33) and Reynoldsburg (49-23). Grove City finished 3-2 in the league, behind champion Lancaster (5-0).
"I am proud of him as a wrestler to reach 100 wins, but I am even more proud of the character and integrity that he has as a person," coach Jay DiMasso said.
Swavely missed part of the season after sustaining a right shoulder injury during the Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament on Jan. 5 at Dublin Scioto.
"Winning 100 matches in a career is a great accomplishment, especially doing it while out with an injury this year and having fewer matches," DiMasso said.
Swavely has aspirations of reaching his first Division I state tournament after going 2-2 at 138 at district last year to close the season 38-6.
As a sophomore, he went 1-2 at district at 132 to finish 34-11.
The Greyhounds will compete in a 10-team sectional Feb. 23 at Newark, with the top four finishers in each weight class advancing to district March 1 and 2 at Hilliard Darby.
"My main goal is to get to district and see what happens to go to state," Swavely said. "(Competing at state) would be a big achievement because (my brother) didn't get there and I would be the first person in my family to do it."
Swavely credits his family, teammates and DiMasso for his success.
"Coach has helped me a good amount," Swavely said. "He's very motivational. He helped me be a captain, be a leader and gave me more responsibility and try to build my own character."
DiMasso said family support has played a role in the success of both Swavely brothers.
"It is great to have such a supportive family in our program for so long," DiMasso said. "Between Jacob and Justin, we have over 200 wins in the Grove City history books. I hope that they stay involved with the program."
Another member of the program made history at Jerome, as senior Hunter Barker earned his 100th career win with a 41-second pin of Reynoldsburg's Romeo White in the first round at 152. Barker went on to finish second and is 102-47 for his career.
Grove City finished eighth (83 points) behind champion Marysville (187) as 18 teams scored.
Swimming teams compete at sectional
Spencer Tussing led the boys swimming team in a Division I sectional Feb. 9 at Upper Arlington, winning the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.46) and 500 free (4:38.92).
Tussing, Raul DeMesa, Justin Christensen and Gregory Kingsbury were third in the 200 free relay (1:33.49), Tussing, Christensen, Kingsbury and Jaron Routh were third in the 400 free relay (3:21.71) and Christensen was fourth in the 500 free (4:49.55).
Grove City finished third (122) of 15 teams behind champion UA (323).
Hannah Routh led the girls team, finishing second in the 100 backstroke (58.93) and fourth in the 100 butterfly (58.53). Carli Frey, Olivia Jordan, Lillian Trimble and Audrey Bueter were fourth in the 400 free relay (3:53.53).
Grove City finished fifth (80) of 17 teams behind champion UA (385.5).
The winner of each event, along with 27 at-large qualifiers in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites, advanced to district Friday, Feb. 15, at Ohio State.
At district, the top two placers in each event automatically advance to the state meet Feb. 22 and 23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each event based on district times statewide.
Gymnasts compete in OCC-Central meet
The gymnastics team finished fourth (114.05) in the OCC-Central meet Feb. 9 at Thomas Worthington behind Hilliard Davidson (129.8), UA (129.1) and Marysville (126.7) and ahead of Central Crossing (106.925), Westland (98.7), Dublin Coffman (96.45) and Franklin Heights (47.925).
Anna Stoll finished seventh in the all-around (31.55) to lead Grove City. Bailey Bennett was 22nd (27.075).
Mark Hartley was named league Coach of the Year.
"I had no idea. It's an honor," he said. "This is about the kids. I'm just here to make their gymnastics fun and safe."
Boys basketball team prepares for tourney
The boys basketball team was 9-11 overall before playing DeSales on Feb. 12 and is 1-8 in the OCC-Ohio.
The Greyhounds lost to visiting Pickerington Central 70-47 on Feb. 8 as Brock Waits scored 16 points and Alex Coffey had 12.
Grove City closes the regular season Friday, Feb. 15, at Pickerington North, which won the first league meeting 78-51 on Jan. 11.
The Greyhounds are seeded 28th of 47 teams in the Division I district tournament and visit 11th-seeded Logan in the first round Feb. 23.
Girls basketball team to face Coffman
Seeded 39th of 45 teams in the Division I district tournament, the girls basketball team will visit third-seeded Coffman for a first-round game Saturday, Feb. 16.
The winner plays host to 40th-seeded Westland in the second round Wednesday, Feb. 20.
The Greyhounds are 3-19 overall and finished 0-10 in the OCC-Ohio with a 75-23 loss at Pickerington Central on Feb. 8. Alyssa Fuchs and Jada VanHouten each scored eight points.
Becca Conrad and Ellie Pollock-Ballard each scored six points in a 31-25 win at Westland on Feb. 5.