Ian Krider of the Olentangy Orange wrestling team has been wearing down opponents with his relentless tenacity this season.
The senior has improved his conditioning in order to have more energy in the third period of matches, which has helped him build a 23-7 record at 145 pounds in his first season consistently competing at the varsity level.
"I think I'm doing really well, and I have really been working on shots," Krider said. "When I shoot my shots on the mat, that has correlated to me getting wins, because I'm scoring points quicker, I'm pushing the action and tiring kids out. I have been able to get points racked up more than in previous years.
"Conditioning and being able to go 100 percent for six minutes is really difficult. Building your conditioning up to be able to do that takes a lot of work. I run a lot, but not just here (in practice). I try to run a couple miles a week sporadically just to keep my gas tank up."
Coach Scott Tressler has noticed Krider's fast-paced effort on the mat.
"Ian is one of those guys that will beat you really with his cardio, his work ethic," Tressler said. "He's going to keep it a high-paced match even if there's not a lot of scoring.
"He has great defense, great strength and great hips, and he's going to be there in the end. He may be up a couple of points or down a couple of points, but he's going to have a chance to win every match."
Krider worked extra hard during the offseason to prepare for his senior year. A byproduct of that extra work is a boost in confidence.
"I think I'm more confident out on the mat because I trained a lot in the offseason and worked to get stronger," he said. "I did a lot of wrestling clinics and I think that has made me more confident on the mat and being more confident in my shots.
"I feel like confidence is a big thing. I have fine-tuned my moves. I worked the low single-leg (takedown) in the offseason and I can pretty much hit that without thinking about it. I know exactly what I'm going to do when I hit it, and it's a big step for me over last year."
Krider not only participated in open mats and clinics during the offseason, but he also entered Greco-Roman and freestyle tournaments last summer. The two styles are much different than folkstyle, which is used in high school competition.
"Freestyle helps because you always have to push the action," Krider said. "You have to constantly keep getting points. I try to push the action more.
"Greco(-Roman) has helped with my upper-body strength and learning to get in different positions that (opponents) aren't comfortable with. It's more like big throws and feet-to-back. It has helped me a little to get (single-leg takedowns) from that."
Krider began wrestling in the fifth grade at the urging of his father, Brad, who competed in high school. He quickly fell in love with the sport.
"I like that it just is about being you," he said. "It's 'your' win, and not like a team thing. All of the hard work you put in is you. It shows when you get your hand raised out there on the mat. It's crazy. It's like, 'I did this, not we did this.'"
Krider has a 3.8 GPA and plans to study business in college, likely Miami University.
"Ian is a natural leader," Tressler said. "He's been through the program and understands our expectations. He has a super-hard work ethic. He gets it done in the practice room and in the classroom. He's all you could ask for as a senior.
"I think he has persevered. He's not the most talented kid, but he has earned everything. He has put in the time to be successful, and that's a valuable asset, not just in wrestling, but in life."
Boys bowling team earns share of title
The boys bowling team earned a share of the COHSBC-A Division championship by defeating New Albany 2,251-2,053 on Jan. 28.
The Pioneers went 10-1 in the COHSBC-A to tie Westerville Central for the title, their first since tying Hilliard Davidson for the OCC-Capital championship in 2013.
Orange finished 6-1 in the OCC-Buckeye after the New Albany victory, placing second to Central (7-0).
Nick Kicas rolled a 384 two-game series against the Eagles, followed by Jake Norz (346), Jaydon Goldenberg (339) and Tanner Davidson (337).
The Pioneers also were 10-2 overall before competing against Teays Valley on Feb. 4.
The girls team was 7-4 overall before facing Teays Valley. The Pioneers finished 7-3 in the COHSBC-A and 4-2 in the OCC-Buckeye after defeating New Albany 1,847-1,664 on Jan. 28.
Eve Wicks led the team with a 424, followed by Raymie Shields (380).
Hockey team holding lead in CHC-White
The hockey team is 20-10 overall and is atop the CHC-White standings entering the final week of league play.
The Pioneers are 10-5 (20 points) in the CHC-White with one game to play. Berlin is second at 9-4 (18) with three games left.
Before losing to Liberty 6-3 on Feb. 2, Orange had a four-game winning streak in which it outscored its opponents 40-5. Clayton Headlee, Austin Knupp and Jake Morrone all scored in the loss to the Patriots.
Below are the coming schedules for the Orange boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, hockey, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 7 -- Home vs. Olentangy. The Pioneers defeated the Braves 61-59 on Jan. 3.
Feb. 8 -- At Urbana
Feb. 11 -- At Central Crossing
*Feb. 7 -- Home vs. Olentangy. The Pioneers lost to the Braves 53-38 on Jan. 3.
Feb. 11 -- Home vs. Licking Heights
Feb. 21 -- At ninth-seeded Reynoldsburg or 39th-seeded Mifflin in second round of Division I district tournament. The Pioneers are seeded 43rd.
Feb. 12 -- Liberty, Olentangy and Orange at Delaware Lanes
Feb. 11 -- OCC-Buckeye meet at Hilliard Darby
*Feb. 9 -- Dublin Jerome at Chiller North
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 8 -- Division I sectional at Kenyon College. Winner of each event and 27 at-large qualifiers in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites advance to district Feb. 13 at Ohio State. There is no diving at sectional.
Feb. 11 -- Boys: At Lewistown Indian Lake