Central Crossing shows muscle with dual win over Westerville Central

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Central Crossing 49, Westerville Central 17
The Central Crossing High School wrestling team has high expectations this season. The
Comets’ first goal is to dethrone Marysville as OCC Central Division
champions. Central Crossing began its pursuit of that task successfully
Thursday with a 49-17 win against host Westerville Central. It was the OCC Central opener for both teams.


WESTERVILLE – The Central Crossing High School wrestling team has high expectations this season.

The Comets’ first goal is to dethrone Marysville as OCC Central Division champions. Central Crossing began its pursuit of that task successfully Thursday with a 49-17 win against host Westerville Central.

It was the OCC Central opener for both teams.

Last season, the Comets (4-1) finished second in the division behind Marysville (5-0) and ahead of Westerville Central (3-2) Pickerington North (3-2), Thomas Worthington (1-4) and Delaware Hayes (0-5).

Central Crossing’s lone conference loss was a hard-fought 31-28 setback against Marysville. The Comets will look to avenge that OCC Central setback when the two teams collide on Jan. 24 at Marysville.

Central Crossing and Marysville met on Dec. 15 in the Central Ohio Duals championship match, with the Comets prevailing 41-26.

“Our first goal is the OCC and the district title is our second goal,” Central Crossing coach Chance Van Gundy said. “Those are the two goals that we have left – winning our league and winning a district title – and the district title is somewhat lofty but I think it’s obtainable.”

The Comets’ early season success has vaulted them to the top spot in the Central District rankings ahead of Teays Valley, Reynoldsburg, Hilliard Davidson, Westerville North and Marysville.

Central Crossing (8-1) trailed early against Westerville Central (5-1) before storming back for the win.

The Comets were aided by forfeit wins at 103, 125 and 171 pounds.

The game hosts led early on at 4-0 following Justin Brown’s convincing 13-1 win against Ryan Carlsen at 145 pounds and later at 8-5 following Vince Alger’s 15-5 win against Ben Harr at 160.

From there it was all Central Crossing as the Comets won the next five matches to storm ahead.

After winning by forfeit at 171, Central Crossing’s Cody Maynard rallied to edge Zach Swick 8-7 at 189.

The Comets’ Ryan Morley turned back Pat McNabb 7-3 at 215 and Matt Schramm scored five late points to fend off the Warhawks’ Doug McNabb 10-4 at 285.

After another forfeit at 103, Stephen Alger collected the Warhawks’ lone pin of the night when he beat Cody Wimer at 112 (2:34).

Westerville Central’s other win came at 130 as Paul Chaney needed overtime criteria to defeat Justin Edwards 11-6.

“I thought our kids came out fighting,” Westerville Central coach Jerry McSwords said. “Stephen Alger beat a kid he wasn’t suppose to beat and Paul Chaney wrestled up a weight class and looked great at 130 to win an overtime match. Some of our guys who lost by decision, I thought they’ve improved because two weeks ago they would have rolled over and got pinned. I saw improvement throughout our lineup. I was pleased to see that.”

Van Gundy pointed to Chad Channel’s technical fall win against Johnny Aleshire at 135 as another highlight of the match.

“I thought Chad Channel wrestled the best match he’s wrestled all year,” Van Gundy said. “He really took it to that Aleshire kid.”

Pins by the Comets’ Aaron Hardy at 119 (:47) and Mark Fisher at 140 (:59 ) capped the victory.

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