Grove City captures OCC wrestling dual with Westerville North

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Grove City 45, Westerville North 35
The Grove City High School wrestling team flexed its muscles in
rallying past Westerville North 45-35 on Thursday night at North. After falling behind 18-6, the Greyhounds used their talented upper
weights to storm ahead and then pulled away by using a strong effort by
their lower weights. Grove City improves to 1-2 in the OCC-Buckeye Division, with its losses
coming against area powers Reynoldsburg and Dublin
Coffman.


WESTERVILLE – The Grove City High School wrestling team flexed its muscles in rallying past Westerville North 45-35 on Thursday night at North.

After falling behind 18-6, the Greyhounds used their talented upper weights to storm ahead and then pulled away by using a strong effort by their lower weights.

Grove City improves to 1-2 in the OCC-Buckeye Division, with its losses coming against area powers Reynoldsburg (39-20 on Jan. 10) and Dublin Coffman (35-33 on Jan. 17).

North slips to 0-3 in the division and 4-9 overall.

After Grove City’s Marquise Hammonds opened the match by pinning Justin Macioce at 140 pounds (3:11), the Warriors used wins by their state tourney hopefuls to open the early 18-6 lead.

Josh Demas, who finished second in the state last season at 130 while at Division III Marion Pleasant, opened the match by winning by forfeit at 145

Jesse Dong, who place at state last season at 145 and is a three-time state qualifier, pinned Jose Hughes (4:14) at 152.

Chris Kline then capped the Warriors’ run by pinning Brian Senesac (2:55) at 160. Kline, a two-time state qualifier, finished fourth at 152 last season.

“I think we’re right where we need to be,” North coach David Grant said of Dong and Kline. “We don’t see any things that glare out to us that say there’s something we need to fix. It’s just good, solid wrestling.”

Dong will wrestle at Virginia Tech and Kline will compete at Ohio University.

Grove City collected the next 22 points to grab the lead for good.

Ryan Wells defeated Greg Pilcher 18-10 at 171 and Robb Werner ended a close match at 189 by pinning A.J. Johnson (5:03) at 189 as the visitors closed to within 18-16.

Brock Snyder, one of Grove City’s state tourney hopefuls, gave his team the lead for good at 22-18 by pinning Drew Hall (:49) at 215. Snyder was a state alternate last season at 189.

Cody Beatty, the team’s talented transfer from nearby Central Crossing, improved to 33-0 on the season after pinning Mitchell Cousins (:40) at heavyweight.

Beatty, a two-time state qualifier, finished seventh in the state last season at 215.

“I grew up on the same side of town with these kids,” Beatty said of his Grove City teammates. “I have known Brock Snyder for a long time. It was a pretty easy switch for me.”

“Anytime you get somebody like that it’s always a blessing,” said Grove City coach Jay DiMasso in regards to Beatty. “I’m a first-year head coach. This is my ninth year with the program, but as a first-year head coach to inherit a potential state champ, that’s pretty nice.”

The Greyhounds remained in control, using pins by Jacob Swavely at 112 (1:01) and Collin Whitt at 119 (4:17). Ronnie Orcutt recorded Grove City’s other victory, winning by technical fall (16-0) at 130.

“Our team goal would be to get three guys to the state tourney,” DiMasso said. “We have three guys who have potential to make it – two that are for sure. Cody and Brock are the two guys that we expect to make it there. Ronnie Orcutt is another guy who is wrestling very well and at 130 has a chance.”

Corey Meeks and Brandon Burkett collected the hosts’ other wins on the mat, with Meeks winning by technical fall at 125 (20-5) and Burkett closing out the match by pinning Chase Pendleton at 135 (:54).

“We’re not really disappointed, we’re just trying to get people better right now,” Burkett said. “We have a lot of new guys, we have a bunch of freshmen.”

North’s Joe Herrera won by forfeit at 103.

Grant noted that senior Craig Buehler has been lost for the season due to a knee injury. Buehler was a state tourney hopeful at 119.
“Craig is a senior and a coach’s favorite,” Grant said. “Craig is the kind of kid who is around all summer and doing what you ask him to do. That’s how we pick our favorites.”

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