The Hartley High School wrestling team will compete in the Division III district tournament at Steubenville on Friday and Saturday with the hopes of qualifying all three individuals to state March 5-7 at Ohio State.

The Hartley High School wrestling team will compete in the Division III district tournament at Steubenville on Friday and Saturday with the hopes of qualifying all three individuals to state March 5-7 at Ohio State.

Coach Paul Petrella likes the chances of Jarrod Zang (160), Cody Jackson (189) and Evan Jackson (215) advancing. The top four in each weight class will qualify.

"Cody's got a tough draw so he'll have to wrestle well," Petrella said. "But he's been the kind of kid who's been close against tough competition. The other two got really good draws. I'd say that considering the draws and if they wrestle to their ability, then they'll all make it."

In the first round at district, Zang, who is 21-13, will wrestle Worthington Christian's Harry Duffey, who is 23-12; Cody Jackson, who is 23-16, will face Wellsville's Ryan Crabtree, who is 44-2; and Evan Jackson, who is 36-4, will face Ready's Jeff Beatty, who is 31-10.

At the sectional last Saturday Hartley tied Elgin for fifth (96.5) behindPleasant (238.5), Heath (164), Grandview (123.5) and Northmor (113). Evan Jackson was a sectional champion as he won 14-5 over James Ackerman of North Union in the final. Zang was third with a 3-1 decision over Jonathan McClenathan of Cardington in the consolation and Cody Jackson was fourth, losing to Clay Teach of Grandview 5-3 in the consolation.

"They all wrestled well," Petrella said. "Evan didn't even have a close match. He's wrestling well and is a good position to qualify to state. Cody was solid as he lost to the eventual champ. He's right there. If one thing goes a different way, he could be a champ so I'm not disappointed with him placing fourth."

Chris Fusco (125), a state qualifier a year ago, failed to advance to district. Fusco was sick last week and unable to practice at all leading to the sectional.

"Seeing what happened with Chris, it puts a damper in your day when something like that happens," Petrella said. "Even though he was sick and didn't practice I thought he'd be OK. He did well on Friday but then lost a couple matches and just didn't have enough gas left."

•The boys and girls swimming and diving teams will participate in the Division II state meet Friday and Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The Hawks have some big expectations, especially the girls.

"Our goals for state are to get as many of our swimmers back to Saturday's finals with a chance to score points for our school," coach Tony Phillips said. "Right now we're in a good position to greatly improve on last year's finish and maybe put some swimmers in a position to step up onto the podium with all-state honors."

At district last Friday at Ohio State the girls team was second (212) behind New Albany (527) and ahead of third-place Granville (160). Six swimmers advanced to state. Tiffany Aeling was third in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 57.69 seconds) and 500 free (1:01.43) and was on the second-place 200 free relay (1:42.11) and the third-place 400 free relay (3:45.22). Taylor Shotwell was third in the 200 individual medley (2:14.13) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:01.52) and was on the second-place 200 medley relay (1:53.34) and the 200 free relay. Jessica Carpenter was third in the 100 back (1:01.43) and was on the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. Libby Rochford and Allie Holehouse rounded out the final two spots on the 200 medley relay, Holehouse and Taisha Ferguson were on the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay.

The boys were 11th (74) behind champion New Albany (353). Patrick Kelly was second in the 200 IM (1:58.58) and third in the 500 free (4:52.09) and Michael Arnold was fourth (332.4) in diving.

"We were pleased with our finish," Phillips said. "New Albany is outstanding this season and Granville and Columbus Academy generally have great postseason performances as well. With just five boys we managed an unexpected 11th-place finish. To be in the top one-third of the 35-team field was definitely exciting but it also shows how effective such a small group can be."

•The top-seeded boys basketball team will open the Division III district tournament Friday in the second round against Johnstown or Mount Gilead, which played last Tuesday. The winner Friday will advance to a district semifinal Tuesday against Heath, Northridge or Fredericktown at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

The Hawks completed the regular season with a 64-54 win over Worthington Christian last Friday. Geoffrey Whiteside scored 17 points, 12 of which came in the first half, and had five assists and Ben Siefert led all scorers with 23 points.

"Worthington Christian played hard and they hit a lot of 3s in the first half," Whiteside said.

"Unfortunately for them, they weren't so lucky in the second half."

Hartley finish 8-2 in the CCL to take second behind DeSales (9-1) and ahead of Worthington Christian (5-5), Ready (4-6), Watterson (3-7) and St. Charles (1-9).

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Hartley boys basketball, girls basketball, boys and girls bowling , boys and girls swimming and diving and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Last Friday -- Defeated Worthington Christian 64-54

Friday --At Gahanna vs. Johnstown or Mount Gilead in second round of Division III district tournament. The winner will play in a district semifinal Tuesday at the Fairgrounds Coliseum against Heath, Northridge or Fredericktown. The Hawks are seeded first.

Of note: The Hawks are 15-5 overall and finished 8-2 in the CCL.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Last Friday --Def. Granville 44-31 in first round of Division II district tournament

Last Tuesday --At Olentangy vs. Bexley in second round. The winner will play in a district semifinal Monday at Pickerington North against top-seeded Big Walnut or London. The Hawks are seeded eighth.

Of note: The Hawks were 11-8 overall before last Tuesday and finished 4-6 in the CCL.

BOWLING

Saturday --At district at HP Lanes. The top three boys teams and individuals advance to state March 7 at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster. The top two girls teams and individuals advance to state March 6 at Tiki Lanes.

SWIMMING & DIVING

Last Friday --Boys: Finished 11th (74) behind champion New Albany (353) in Division II district meet at Ohio State. State qualifiers with district results and state seed were Patrick Kelly (200 IM, 1:58.58, ninth; 500 free, 4:52.09, 17th) and Michael Arnold (diving, 332.4, 11th); Girls: Finished second (212) behind New Albany (527). State qualifiers with district results and state seed were Tiffany Aeling (200 free, 1:57.69, 12th; 500 free, 5:15.73, 11th), Jessica Carpenter (100 back, 1:01.43, 14th; 100 fly, 1:00.41, 11th), Taylor Shotwell (100 back, 1:01.52, 15th), the 200 medley relay (1:53.46, eighth), the 200 free relay (1:42.11, 11th) and the 400 free relay (3:45.22, 17th).

Friday-Saturday -- At state meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton

WRESTLING

Last Saturday -- Tied Marion Elgin tied for fifth (96.5) behind champion Marion Pleasant (238.5) at Division III sectional at Cardington

Friday-Saturday --At district at Heath. The top four in each weight class will advance to state March 5-7 at Ohio State.

*CCL contest