Michael Ricaurte seemed to have solved Ohio State's Scarlet Course last Friday, but that didn't make teeing up a day later any easier.

Michael Ricaurte seemed to have solved Ohio State's Scarlet Course last Friday, but that didn't make teeing up a day later any easier.

The St. Charles Preparatory School senior, who admitted to some jitters to start the second round last Saturday, followed his opening-round 71 with a 73 to capture medalist honors in the Division I state golf tournament, three strokes ahead of junior Beau Titsworth of Cleveland St. Ignatius.

Ricaurte's 144 helped lift the Cardinals to a second consecutive state title with a two-day total of 610, 11 strokes better than runner-up St. Ignatius. St. Charles also set the tournament record at Scarlet, breaking the standard of 611 set by Upper Arlington in 1993 and St. Ignatius in 2002.

The Cardinals shot an opening-round 303 to take a 16-stroke led over second-place St. Ignatius with 319.

"I might have been a little more nervous (starting play with a big lead)," said Ricaurte, a Worthington resident who played as his team's No. 4 golfer and has yet to make a college selection. "I just didn't want to hurt my team in scoring. This was the last year for the three seniors playing (at state) and it was awesome to win our second title."

The Cardinals' No. 1 golfer, senior Alex Carpenter, shot a 159 (82-77) and the No. 5 golfer, senior Daniel Weigandt, had a 158 (77-81). Junior Nate Yankovich played in the No. 2 spot and carded a 155 (75-80), and junior Austin Cuervo, the No. 2 player, added a 157 (80-77).

Senior Blake DeCrane and junior Matt Moosavian were alternates for the Cardinals. Moosavian had a 75 in the sectional on Oct. 5 at Granville and a 76 in the district on Oct. 12 at Apple Valley.

Last year on the Scarlet Course, the Cardinals won the program's first state title after rain shortened the event to one day. St. Charles finished with a 309, ahead of runner-up Cincinnati St. Xavier (313) and third-place St. Ignatius (315).

"I know a lot of people thought that we wouldn't be able to (win a second title) because last year was a one-day shot," said Carpenter, who lives in Westerville and has made a verbal commitment to play golf at Florida Southern in Lakeland. "I was proud of the way we came out, won in record fashion and silenced the critics."

Aside from beating St. Ignatius by 11 strokes, St. Charles was 26 strokes better than third-place Dublin Jerome (636) and 38 better than fourth-place Dublin Coffman (648).

"It was a little different because we were the underdogs last year and everyone expected us to win this time," said Yankovich, a Blacklick resident who was second-team all-state and shot the low score for the Cardinals last year at state with a 75. "I just went out and played my own game and tried not to worry about anything else. I treated it like it was any other tournament."

But it wasn't any other tournament, and coach Anthony Mampieri knew that.

"They really handled the pressure well," said Mampieri, who coached his final tournament with the Cardinals. He plans to spend more time with his family after four years with the program.

"They were seen as the team to beat in every tournament they went to this year because they were the defending champions. But they went out, played their games and it was incredible to watch how well they played," Mampieri said.

Cuervo, who got his first taste of state tournament play, hopes his team will get the chance next season to defend the title.

"We had high expectations and it was nice knowing anyone could be our No. 1 man," said Cuervo, a New Albany resident. "Our No. 4 man was as good as our No. 1 man and our No. 1 man was as good as our fifth man. We have been able to play like that all year and we expect to be that way next year."

Weigandt was just happy to soak in the moment. After playing in his second state tournament and his final high-school event, the Hilliard resident stood talking to friends and parents on the 18th green, clutching the championship trophy to his chest.

"Everyone keeps giving me the trophy, but I'll take it every time. I might even sleep with it if they let me," said Weigandt, who has not made his college selection. "Back-to-back state titles - one is great, two is unbelievable. This is something we never expected as freshmen."