Hilliard Darby Wrestling

You are either getting better or getting worse;
you are never staying the same.

Panthers Have Strong Opening Weekend

The Darby Varsity and JV teams opened up on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st.  The Varsity competed against Westland on Friday in a dual in the cafeteria.  The environment was electric and the Panthers were victorious, 46-20.  Pins were turned in by Ben Brown, Sam Pence, Justen Shaw, Blayne Barnes, and Rodney Beneker.  The next match is Thursday, Dec. 6th in the Darby Gym, against Canal Winchester.  6:30pm start time.

The JV team competed, on Saturday, in a JV Quad.  The Panthers finished 3-0; they defeated Orange (66-9), Gahanna (69-7), and Bradley (61-16).  JV will take on the Canal Winchester JV on 12/6 @ Darby; 6:30pm.

2018-2019 Youth Wrestling Information

Once again, the youth wrestlers in Hilliard are blessed to have Coach, Ross Thatcher, lead the Hilliard Youth Wrestling Club.  Ross is a former College Wrestling Coach at Penn State University, Oklahoma University, and Ohio State University.  

As a competitor, Ross was a three-time State Finalist and two-time State Champion at nearby Bishop Ready High School.  In college, Ross was a team captain and All-American for Penn State University.

The Youth Club has two levels, and both levels are members of the Russ Hellickson Wrestling League.  For wrestlers with limited or no experience, we offer the standard Hilliard Youth Wrestling Club.  For experienced wrestlers (at least 3 years of experience) we offer the Ross Thatcher Elite Club, also known as the Crazy Goats.  Each level has a separate cost and separate schedules, yet some of the scheduled events coincide. 

Please click on the "2018-2019 Youth Wrestling" tab to the left for the informative flyer. 

2018 Middle School Camp

The dates for the 2018 Middle School Camp have been released.  This year's camp will begin on Wednesday, October 31st (I know that is Halloween, but the camp will be done in plenty of time for beggars night).  The Camp will run through Thursday, November 1st and Friday November 2nd.  Camp times are from 2:45pm-4:30pm.  Camp Registration Fliers can be found at the "2018 Middle School Camp" tab to the left on this website.

Camp will consist of teaching basic technique from neutral, bottom, and top positions, as well as mentalities that are useful within a wrestling season.  This camp is a fantastic way to "knock the rust off" and get a head start on the season.  We hope to see all Heritage Middle School wrestlers in attendance as well as any Middle School wrestlers from area schools.

2018 Freshman Camp

2018 Freshman Camp dates have been set!  This year's camp will be November 7th and 8th from 2:45-4:30pm.  This is a fantastic way for all incoming Freshman to get a head start on the season and freshen-up on positioning, technique, and expectations.

The Camp Registration Flier can be found at the "2018 Freshman Camp" tab to the left of this website.  We hope to see all incoming Freshman who are interested in wrestling in attendance for the camp.  See you then! 

Fall Lifting Test

On October 5th, the wrestlers that are not in a Fall sport finished up a week long lifting test; the results are in!  The spreadsheet below show 1-rep max in multiple lifts, as well as quantity in other lifts.  The number have improved across the board from July's test.  The "NP" stands for "Not Present".

While these numbers are important and can show how hard work in the weight room is instrumental to winning on the mat, also remember "Physical strength measures what you can do.  Mental strength measures whether you will actually do it". 

 Name Grade Bench Squat
 Muneeb Ajlouni 12 200 300 35 315 41 236 26 185 28
 Rodney Beneker 12 275 415 20 405 30 80 15 225 40
 Ben Brown 12 185 275 26 335 23 101 16 205 36
 Cade Ryan 12 175 245 25 295 30 350 21 185 37
 Justen Shaw 12 195 365 23 405 20 70 16 205 20
 Tyler Edgington 11 195 315 22 NP NP NP NP NP NP
 Sai Naidu 11 200 275 24 375 28 100 23 185 32
 Caiden Rayburn 11 235 355 30 NP NP 70 23 NP 35
 Yasseen Ahmad 10 205 315 20 365 15 60 11 185 15
 Isaiah Beneker 10 255 415 19 455 37 90 21 225 30
 Eric Cathala 10 125 155 15 205 10 52 12 115 1
 Luke Huntzinger 10 165 280 11 315 30 65 13 135 11
 Zach Lithiluxa 10 160 225 20 275 37 100 23 155 20
 Austin Newland 10 145 295 15 315 21 80 16 175 30
 Sam Pence 10 195 315 20 275 20 70 20 185 20
 Saadeh Daoud 10 95 225 10 235 15 65 2 105 15
 Anthony Apicella 9 145 215 20 225 25 NP NP 115 NP
 Ryan Gordon 9 70 145 12 160 11 55 7 105 7
 Colt Ryan 8 105 135 18 160 20 450 10 105 20
 Andrew Brown 7 NP NP  NP 185 7 52 2 NP 8

2018-2019 Schedule Released

The 2018-2019 Hilliard Darby Wrestling Schedule has been released. 

The main addition to Varsity Schedule is the Ben Logan Raider Invitational, a 2-day tournament held at Benjamin Logan High School.  This tournament lands in the middle of January and will have the same format at the Central District Tournament.  Other new tournaments include the Big Walnut Invitational and the Big Dawg Invitational at Tri-Valley High School.

Mainstays on the schedule include the Medina Invitational, the Porter Memorial, and the All-North.  

The JV/Freshman Schedule is loaded with top notch JV events and a few Varsity events. 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 "2018-2019 Schedule" tab to the left of this website.  We look forward to see you at wrestling events this Winter!

2018 Season Ends with two State Placeers


The 2018-2019 Wrestling Season came to an end with two Darby wrestlers standing on the podium.  Senior, Jared Ball, took 3rd place at 195lbs. and Senior, Jacob Cover, took 4th place at 285lbs..  Both of these young men came just shy of their ultimate goal of winning a State Title, but they fought valiantly and represented Hilliard and Darby with pride.

Jared, a three-time State Placer and Super 32 Champion, and FloNationals Placer, is now a member of the Tennessee Chattanooga wrestling team.  He is expected to redshirt this season, then compete for a starting spot at 184lbs..  Tennessee Chattanooga is a NCAA Division 1 program and is a member of the Southern Conference (SOCON).

Jacob, a two-time State Qualifier, one-time State Placer, and FloNationals Placer, is now a Freshman at Kent State University.  He also plans to redshirt, then compete for a starting spot at 285lbs..  Kent State is a NCAA Division I program and is a member of the Mid American Conference (MAC). 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Dec 12 at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, Dec 13 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday, Dec 14 at 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday, Dec 14 at 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM