Grove City High School senior Hunter Barker will have long-lasting memories of his wrestling career, including earning his 100th career win Feb. 9 at Dublin Jerome.
Barker reached the milestone during the All-North Tournament with a 41-second pin of Reynoldsburg's Romeo White in a first-round match at 152 pounds.
Barker had a disappointing Division I district tournament March 1 and 2 at Hilliard Darby, going 1-2 at 152 to finish 33-4 for the season and 106-47 for his career. He had won a sectional title Feb. 23 at Newark.
"This was one of the best teams I've been on," Barker said. "Everyone tried their best and it was a good time being part of it. My career has ended after 12 years. This season (the goal) was to have fun and try to win as much as possible. Although I missed out (on qualifying for) state, this was my best season."
Barker, who began wrestling at about 6 years old, competed in the state tournament last season and went 0-2 at 152 to finish 38-14.
"He had a great career: three-time district qualifier, one-time state qualifier, 100 career wins," coach Jay DiMasso said. "All those things are great, but it didn't end the way we wanted."
Senior Justin Swavely reached 100 career wins with a 43-second pin of Pickerington Central's Carter Wade in a match at 138 on Jan. 24 at Central.
Swavely went on to place fifth at sectional at 138, finishing 21-7 for the season and 107-39 for his career.
"Although I didn't reach my goal (of qualifying for state), I still had a fun and an overall good year," said Swavely, a two-time district qualifier who missed action this season after sustaining a right shoulder injury during the Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament on Jan. 5 at Dublin Scioto.
Grove City had three other district qualifiers, and all are freshmen. David Jordan went 2-2 at 120 to finish 20-9 for the season, while Triston Beane went 1-2 at 106 to finish 21-11 and Brayden Benson went 0-2 at 220 to finish 22-12.
Other key wrestlers eligible to return include juniors Brian Fisher (heavyweight, 11-9), Nicholas Minic (182), Dominic Reynolds (160), James Scalf (126) and Blake Stevens (145) and sophomores Nick Getz (195), Robert Getz (170), Caden Gordon (132, 12-7) and A.J. Stoll (126).
"We were really banged up this year," DiMasso said. "We had some wrestlers plagued with injuries. ... Not having a state qualifier was unfortunate because we've almost always been there."