For Hilliard Davidson wrestling coach Chris Kline, a home tri-match against Westerville North and Cincinnati Moeller on Jan. 25 had a little extra meaning.
A 2008 graduate of North, Kline learned under Warriors coach David Grant and was a three-time Division I state qualifier, winning the state title at 160 pounds as a senior after placing fourth at 152 as a junior and going 1-2 at 130 as a freshman.
Kline also has a close relationship with Moeller coach Germane Lindsey, as the two were teammates at Ohio University.
"Coach Lindsey is a close friend and was my teammate in college," Kline said. "It's always fun having the opportunity to coach against a good friend and your old team and coach. It makes for a good day of wrestling."
Davidson lost to North 66-9 and fell to Moeller 39-30, while the Warriors defeated the Crusaders 42-33.
Winning by pin for the Wildcats against Moeller were Wyatt Sherer at 106 pounds (1 minute, 13 seconds), Ethan Riegel at 113 (:18), Wyatt Moore at 120 (1:46) and Dez Gartrell at 152 (1:28).
Davidson improved to 1-2 in the OCC-Central Division by defeating Central Crossing 46-30 on Jan. 23 at home.
Gartrell won by pin at 152 (3:13), and Sherer (106) and Richard Lawrence (182) both won by technical fall. Sherer won his match 18-3 and Lawrence won 17-2.
"I like this team so far," said Gartrell, a sophomore. "I like practice and everything. I have a goal this year. I want to get on (the state) podium."
Gartrell was a district qualifier last season, going 0-2 at 145.
"I trained hard in the offseason and now I'm back," he said.
Davidson has an OCC-Central match Thursday, Jan. 30, at Marysville before closing its league schedule Feb. 13 at home against Dublin Coffman.
"The team is doing well," Kline said. "We have a lot of freshmen in the varsity lineup, so they are getting a lot of experience this season and learning fast. We see the potential even if they don't sometimes. We are having fun helping these guys grow."
Swimmers compete in league meet
The swimming and diving teams competed in the OCC-Central meet Jan. 25 at Kenyon College.
The boys team finished second (400 points) behind Upper Arlington (600) and ahead of Coffman (316), Marysville (217) and Central Crossing (112).
The 200-yard freestyle relay of Sergio Suarez, Gregory McGuire, Josh Chi and A.J. Zody finished first (1:32.44) and Suarez placed second in the 100 backstroke (53.9) and fourth in the 50 free (22.11).
The girls team finished fourth (241) behind UA (573), Coffman (456) and Marysville (288) and ahead of Central Crossing (163) and Westland (70).
Brogan Gehring finished third in the 200 individual medley (2:19.17) and fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.35).
Girls basketball team hoped to end skid
The girls basketball team entered its game against Dublin Scioto on Jan. 28 looking to end a four-game losing streak.
The Wildcats were 8-10 overall before facing the Irish and are 5-3 in the OCC-Central.
Brianna O'Connor had 11 points and Abby Emery scored 10 in a 49-39 loss at UA on Jan. 24. Davidson had defeated UA 60-21 on Dec. 13.
The Wildcats lost to visiting Olentangy Liberty 43-22 on Jan. 21 as O'Connor scored nine points.
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 31 -- Home vs. Central Crossing. The Wildcats lost to the Comets 61-56 on Dec. 20.
Feb. 4 -- Home vs. Olentangy
*Jan. 31 -- At Central Crossing. The Wildcats defeated the Comets 70-36 on Dec. 20.
Feb. 4 -- At Olentangy
*Jan. 30 -- Marysville at Ten Pin Alley
*Jan. 31 -- Bradley at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
Feb. 3 -- At Darby with Bradley, Dresden Tri-Valley and Westerville Central
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 1 -- Upper Arlington Invitational
*Jan. 30 -- At Marysville
Feb. 1 -- Rieman Invitational at Delaware