Westerville North’s wrestling team defeated visiting Westerville South 72-9 on Jan. 7, 2021.
“This team’s been around a long time,” said Warriors 16th-year coach David Grant. “Most of them are from our youth program. The culture’s kind of ingrained in them already. They just know what to do.”
Grant pointed out seniors Sylvester Bockarie (152 pounds) and Brennan Albertini (195) as leading the way for North. Albertini qualified for the Division I state tournament last season, but the event was first postponed then canceled due to the pandemic.
“We’re not where we want to be right now,” Grant said. “Covid’s thrown some sucker punches at us, but we’ve made up some ground and we’ll get there. It’s just different from season’s in the past. When you coach for 30-something years you have a rhythm. We’ve been knocked off our ryhthm a little, but we’ll get there.”
The Warriors won the OCC-Buckeye Division last season at 5-0.