The month of December is now in the rear view mirror and the Darby wrestlers have plenty to be proud of. The Varsity team ended the month with a 8-6 dual meet record. The record may not seem too impressive, but the competition that Darby competed against at the Fricker's Duals was top notch; Darby went 4-6 at the tournament. The last dual of the month was an OCC dual versus Kilbourne; Darby won 66-12.
Highlights of the month came from Senior, Jacob Cover. Jacob is a returning State Qualifier who took 7th at the Walsh Ironman and 2nd at the infamous Medina Invitational Tournament. Cover is the 5th Darby wrestler to make the Medina finals (all heavyweights).
Darby begins January action on Jan. 10th in a huge OCC match against Delaware Hayes. Action starts at 6pm at Darby!
The annual Darby Duals took place on Dec. 2nd, and for the second year in a row the Darby JV team earned a championship. Actually, Darby was represented with two teams this year; Darby Black and Darby Grey. Darby Grey finished in 5th place.
In the first round, the Darby Black team defeated Gahanna via a score of 59-9. The second round opponent was the Grey Team, which they defeated 63-0. In the third round, they defeated Reynoldsburg 60-11. The fourth round saw Darby Black beat Olentangy Orange 48-9. The finals pitted Darby versus crosstown rival, Hilliard Bradley. In a back and forth match, Darby was able to hold on for a 42-21 win.
Undefeated JV wrestlers included: Zach Lithiluxa, Isaac Richards, Muneeb Ajlouni, Cade Ryan, Bradley Weaver, and Blayne Barnes, and Sam Pence. This coming week, the JV team will take on the JV team of Grove City and then travel to the Madison Plains Varsity Invitational.
On Friday, Dec. 1st, the Varsity team opened up dual meet action with impressive wins over Middletown (63-9) and Cincinnati Oak Hills (54-30).
This Friday, Dec. 1st, The Darby Varsity Wrestling Team will open the season at home. Darby hosts a Super-Tri with Middletown, Oak Hills, and Teays Valley. Darby will first compete against Middletown, while Oak Hills and Teays Valley square off against one another. The second, and final round, will pit Darby against Oak Hills, and Middletown will wrestle Teays Valley.
Wrestling will begin at 5:30pm. Following the event, the Darby wrestlers will set-up for the annual Darby Duals. The Darby Duals is a JV and Middle School Dual Meet Tournament. Each division will have 6 teams and will be a round-robin format. The tournaments begin at 9am on Saturday, Dec. 2nd.
This year's CDWCA All-Star Meet featured 5 Hilliard Darby Panthers. Darby All-Stars were Ryan Blackerby (Alternate @ 120lbs.), Evan Grose (#3 @ 126lbs.), Ben Brown (Alternate @ 132lbs.), Jared Ball (#1 @ 195lbs.), and Jacob Cover (#2 @ 285lbs.).
The All-Star Meet took place on Tuesday, November 21st at 7pm, at Bexley High School. This event is a staple for Central District Wrestling and an honor to participate in.
Darby wrestlers went 3-0-1 in this year's event. Action started with Ryan Blackerby (Ryan got in due to another wrestler in his weight scratching). Blackerby defeated Liberty Union's Chase Mollenkamp via score of 4-0. Next, Evan Grose tied Northmor's Gavin Ramos, 1-1. Jared Ball was able to upend Grandview's Hudson Jump, 3-0; and Jacob Cover pinned Mitchell Hurlbut of Fredericktown. Ben Brown was ready to compete, as an Alternate, but was not needed for competition.
Hilliard Darby Senior, Jared Ball, blazed is way to a Super 32 title in Greensboro, North Carolina on October 28-29. Jared won the event at 195lbs. with a 5-0 record in the tournament.
The Super 32 Challenge is the largest and toughest pre-season tournament in the country. The 195lb. bracket had 45 challengers, including 10 State Champions from around the country, and 3 Nationally ranked wrestlers.
Jared began his tournament by pinning Cole Hixon, of Georgia, in 39 seconds. He followed that match with a tech fall over Johnny Santos, of New York. In the quarter-finals, Jared defeated Maryland's Kevin Makosy by major decision. Jared's semi-final opponent was Thomas Penola, of Indiana; for which Jared defeated by a score of 11-6. The finals pitted Jared, who was ranked #8 in the country, against Lucas Davison, who was ranked #6 in the country and a recruit of Northwestern University. Jared was able to upend Davison by a score of 5-1 for the title. Jared is the first Super 32 placer in Hilliard Darby history, Hilliard history, and only the second Super 32 Champion in Central Ohio history.
This victory will carry a lot of momentum as Jared begins training for the Walsh Ironman, in December. Congrats Jared and Go Panthers!!
Youth Wrestling Information is now available. The Youth Wrestling Flyer is in the "2017-2018 Youth Wrestling" tab to the left of this website.
Sign-ups will be November 14th at Hilliard Bradley HS, from 6-7pm. If you cannot sign-up on that day, then sign-ups are available at the first practice, Nov. 27th.
Once again, youth practice will be at Hilliard Bradley High School on Mondays and Hilliard Darby High School on Wednesdays. We are also excited to announce that Ross Thatcher will be running all practices again. Ross in one of the best wrestling coaches in the country and proved that in his time of coaching collegiately at Penn State, Oklahoma, and Ohio State.
Please see the flyer to the left. Thanks and Go Hilliard!
During the month of November, Hilliard Darby will be hosting a Middle School Camp and a Freshman Camp. The Middle School Camp will be a 3-day camp after school on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Camp times are 2:45pm-4:45pm. The registration flyer can be found at the "2017 Middle School Camp" tab to the left of this website. Flyers will also be passed out at Heritage Middle School.
The Freshman Camp will be a 2-day camp on November 8th and 9th. Camp will run right after school, from 2:45pm-4:30pm. The registration flyer can be found at the "2017 Freshman Camp" tab to the left of this website. Flyers will also be passed out at Darby High School.
Camp Clinicians will include members of the Hilliard Darby and Hilliard Heritage Wrestling Coaching Staffs. Plus, guest clinician will include Ross Thatcher, former Ohio State and Oklahoma Wrestling Coach, who was an NCAA DI All-American at Penn State University.
The 2017-2018 Hilliard Darby Wrestling Schedule has been released. This year's schedule is highlighted by a return visit to the Walsh Ironman tournament. Jared Ball will return to the event (took 3rd at 182lbs. last season) and Senior, State Qualifier, Jacob Cover has also been invited.
The main addition to Varsity Schedule is the Fricker's Duals, a 2-day dual meet tournament held at Defiance College. The Darby Varsity squad will compete in 10 dual meets in two days. "The Fricker's Duals allows our kids to get a lot of early season mat time as well as compete against some of the best competition in Northwest Ohio and Michigan. This tournament should prove valuable for us to improve leading into our Conference Schedule", Coach Moody stated.
Mainstays on the schedule include the Medina Invitational, the Porter Memorial, the Frank Ferguson Classic in West Virginia, and the All-North. Making a return to the 2017-2018 schedule is the Comet Classic, held at Central Crossing High School.
The JV/Freshman Schedule is loaded with top notch JV events and a few Varsity events. The JV squad is coming off of a 24-0 dual meet record from a year ago and will be looking to build off of that. Coach Moody explained, "Our JV schedule is challenging from start to finish, including 7 of the best tournaments in the area".
The schedule can be found at the "2017-2018 Schedule" tab to the left of this website. We look forward to see you at wrestling events this Winter!
Darby Senior, Jared Ball has made an early decision on where he will go to school and compete in wrestling next season. Jared has decided to attend the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Chattanooga is a Division I school in Southern Tennessee. Chattanooga is in the Southern Conference (SOCON) and have won 10 out of the last 13 Conference Titles.
Coach Heath Eslinger is entering his 9th year at the helm of Chattanooga and is known for going above and beyond for his athletes, on and off the mat.
Jared gained a rapport with the Chattanooga staff and team instantly and knew that he could be successful in the classroom and in wrestling at Chattanooga. "Academic support, classroom size, team rapport, and coaches that care about the human element were the focal points of what I was looking for in a school. Chattanooga had it all! I look forward to being a Moc, but I am also excited to represent Darby as a Panther for one more season", stated Jared.
Come watch the Chattanooga commit and his teammates this year as Jared attempts to be Darby's first State Champion in wrestling and the schools first three-time State Placer.
On July 31st through August 4th, 5 Darby Wrestlers competed in the AAU Junior Olympics in Novi, Michigan. Team Ohio was represented with 4 individual teams to compete in a dual format tournament.
Leading the way was two-time State Placer, Jared Ball. Jared went a perfect 14-0 at 195lbs. to win a Junior Olympic Gold Medal. All of Jared's matches ended in pin or technical fall. Jared also won a Bronze medal in the 2015 Junior Olympics.
Other competitors included 2017 graduate Austin Rayburn (Copper Medal at 152lbs.), incoming Sophomore Caiden Rayburn (Copper Medal at 152lbs.), incoming Junior Ben Brown (126lbs.), and incoming Junior Rodney Beneker (195lbs).