Central Ohio Huddle: Lancaster, West Jeff and Marysville wrestlers pin headlines


Central Ohio Huddle

While central Ohio fans rejoiced at Ohio State’s 26-17 Rose Bowl
victory over Oregon, there was still plenty of action on the hardwood
and mats across the region as the calendar flipped to 2010 with
Northland ranked as the top boys basketball team in the nation. The Vikings didn’t hog the headlines, however.

While central Ohio fans rejoiced at Ohio State’s 26-17 Rose Bowl victory over Oregon, there was still plenty of action on the hardwood and mats across the region as the calendar flipped to 2010 with Northland ranked as the top boys basketball team in the nation.

The Vikings didn’t hog the headlines, however.

One of the better servings of basketball during Christmas break came in Canal Winchester as two of the top Division II programs in the area battled into overtime.

Zack Riddle poured in 27 points for Bishop Watterson as the Eagles beat Canal Winchester 76-67 in overtime to move to 8-1 on the season. Watterson outscored 6-2 Canal Winchester 20-11 in the free basketball period.

But there was also plenty more going on in the area. For more, read on.


Pickerington North, girls basketball: North defended its home court and improved to 9-0 on the season by winning its Keybank Holiday Classic for the first team in six seasons. The Panthers capped the tournament by defeating Louisville DuPont Manual (Ky.) 56-46. North outscored DuPont Manual 22-10 in the first quarter but ultimately needed an 18-4 run to close the game to win the classic tournament.

Nicole Olszewski, an Austin Peay signee, scored 14 points for North. Paige Stought contributed 13 points and Kavunaa Edwards added 12 points.


Jake McCombs, Marysville wrestling: McCombs helped Marysville to an eighth place finish in the ultra tough Brecksville Holiday Tournament outside of Cleveland. McCombs won his weight class of 125 pounds by racking up five wins, including two technical falls and a pin. Over 40 teams were in action at the tournament.


Lancaster, West Jefferson wrestling capture titles: Wrestling teams from West Jefferson and Lancaster high schools each claimed a tournament championship during Christmas break. West Jeff won its home tournament by claiming four individual championships. Gennar Fuecht won at 103 pounds and was joined on the podium by Aaron Branham, 125, Marco Gualtieri, 140 and Sean Prather at 152. Lancaster claimed three individual titles to edge Clear Fork 167.5 to 160 and claim the Tiffin Columbian Wendy’s Invitational. Jacob Spearman had two pins en route to the title at 103 pounds for the Gales. Logan Strope had four pins at 112 and Ben Davis won at 119.

Devils take second:
Marion-Franklin beat out a host of area programs to finish second at the Bishop Ready Winter Classic. Filandus Boyd won at 119 pounds for the Devils and Rosean White was first at 215.

Big night for Ute:
It takes a lot of points to beat Upper Sandusky in boys basketball.

Doug Ute pitched in more than his fair share. Ute tallied 43 points for Marion Elgin in a 91-81 victory for the Comets. Ute made 14 field goals, including burying seven three-pointers, and hit eight of nine from the charity stripe.

Mount Vernon gives Marion Harding first setback:
The Yellow Jackets boys basketball team forced 32 turnovers to hand visiting Harding a 70-59 loss. Joe Scott posted a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds for Mount Vernon. Charlie Phillips gathered 18 points and Riley Swanson added 10 for the Jackets.

North Union still unbeaten:
The Wildcats girls basketball team didn’t lose focus during Christmas break, improving to 8-0 with a decisive 77-41 win over the Columbus School for Girls. Sydney Parrott paced NU with 24 points and Caitlin Conrad and Regan Stofcheck each added 11 points.

Bloom-Carroll lands quality win:
The Bulldogs stepped out of Mid-State League Buckeye Division play and handed Bishop Hartley its first loss of the season by a 50-42 verdict in boys basketball action. Bloom-Carroll outscored Hartley 17-11 in the final quarter. The Bulldogs were led by A.J. Ireland scoring 15 points and Issac McGlone scoring 14 points. Bloom-Carroll moved to 5-2 on the season and Hartley dropped to 7-1.

Newark Catholic beats rival:
The Green Wave boys basketball team improved to 7-0 on the season with a 79-68 win over rival Fisher Catholic in a non-league game. Nate Adams poured in 21 points for Newark Catholic. Kevin Cox tallied 18 points and Matt Dawson added 13 markers.

Logan Elm girls create early havoc:
The Braves handed Teays Valley its first defeat of the season with a 58-53 verdict to force a four-way tie in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division between Logan Elm, Teays Valley, Fairfield Union and Canal Winchester. Heather Evans and Emily Robinson each scored 13 points and Alyvia Clark and Bailey Pontius contributed nine points each.


DeSales at Hartley boys basketball, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: A quality Central Catholic League matchup as DeSales returns from its Florida road trip at 6-2 and travels to 7-1 Hartley in a battle of Division II foes.

Olentangy at Westerville South boys basketball, Friday at 7:30 p.m.:
Olentangy is 5-3 starting the week, but 4-0 in Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division play. The Braves can gauge who they can do against the top of the division versus 7-0 South.

Gahanna at Reynoldsburg boys basketball, Friday at 7:30 p.m.:
Gahanna is 8-0 after its home tournament and tries to remain unbeaten with a win over 5-3 Reynoldsburg, who is a game behind in the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division race at 3-1.

Bexley at Newark Catholic boys basketball, Friday at 7:30 p.m.:
One of the top small school division games of the week in the area as the 7-0 Lions try to make a statement against 7-0 Newark Catholic, a regional runner-up from a season ago.

Logan Elm at Canal Winchester girls basketball, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.:
What has been one of the best boys basketball rivalries for smaller schools this decades is important this season with the resurgence of the Canal girls program, which is 9-1 after winning two games in the regular-season last year. Logan Elm enters the week at 5-2.

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