The Canal Winchester High School wrestling team is looking to get a program-record number of qualifiers on to the Division II state tournament, which will be March 5-7 at Ohio State.

The Canal Winchester High School wrestling team is looking to get a program-record number of qualifiers on to the Division II state tournament, which will be March 5-7 at Ohio State.

The top four in each weight class at district -- which will be Friday and Saturday at Heath -- will qualify. The program record for state-qualifiers is three, set last year. Coach Trent Brooks believes as many as six can get through this season.

"We got some good draws and we're hoping we can take advantage of that," Brooks said. "I told the kids that it's been a dream of mine to build the program up and get it notoriety. But I thought we were a year or two away so to be where we're at is just amazing."

Tyler Jenkins (103 pounds), Brady Hutchins (112), Joe Boswell (119), Conrad Rosch (140), Joe Ramsey (145), Jordan Bellomy (152), Harrison Rosch (160) and Nathan Pressley (heavyweight) advanced out of the sectional last Saturday at Amanda-Clearcreek.

In the first round at district, Jenkins, who is 29-10, will wrestle Licking Heights' Tyler Price, who is 26-10; Hutchins, who is 35-6, will face Steubenville's Chris Tingler, who is 28-13; Boswell, who is 23-16, will face Cambridge's Tim Fox, who is 16-17; Conrad Rosch, who is 43-2, will wrestle New Albany's Nate Park, who is 12-10; Ramsey, who is 33-9, will face New Philadelphia's Jeremy Renner, who is 29-9; Bellomy, who is 27-12, will face Dresden Tri-Valley's Mikey Thomas, who is 34-11; Harrison Rosch, who is 41-3, will face Buckeye Valley's Sean Whelan, who is 12-16; and Pressley, who is 17-14, will wrestle Uhrichsville Claymont's Josh Jackson, who is 23-6.

The Indians were first (191.5) at the sectional ahead of Amanda-Clearcreek (170) and Big Walnut (147). Boswell, Hutchins, Conrad Rosch and Harrison Rosch won sectional titles.

Brooks was surprised by the performance of Boswell.

"All year long he's had 16 losses but he wrestled a lot of state qualifiers," Brooks said. "We've been telling him all year, 'You're going to be great,' and I could tell he got sick of the losing. He knocked off the two seed and the three seed and then won a sectional title, so he wrestled really well.

"Overall I thought we wrestled well. We had some close ones with some guys that didn't get through who I thought would. But we got eight guys through and that's a good number so I'm happy."

•Canal Winchester will be represented at the Division II state swimming and diving meet, which started last Wednesday and will conclude Saturday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Tyler Simonton qualified in the boys 100-yard backstroke and Kori Pastor will swim in the girls 500 freestyle.

Simonton and Pastor competed last Friday in the district meet at Ohio State. Simonton tied for second (54.0) with William Rosler of Columbus Academy behind Ben Bailey (52.77) in the 100 back. He was eighth in the 200 free (1:50.56) behind champion Jay Haney (1:44.52) of Olentangy. Simonton's performance helped Canal Winchester finish 17th (27) behind champion New Albany (353).

Pastor was fourth in the 500 free (5:28.11) behind champion Molly Dengler (4:58.89) of New Albany. She was seventh (2:03.18) in the 200 free behind champion Jenna Young (1:56.15) of New Albany. Pastor helped Canal Winchester finish 20th (27) behind champion New Albany (527).

•The girls basketball team played Eastmoor last Wednesday in the second round of the Division II district tournament.

The winner advanced to a district semifinal against Beechcroft or Buckeye Valley at Pickerington North on Tuesday.

The Indians snapped a 15-game losing streak by beating Linden-McKinley 36-35 in the first round Feb. 18. The win avenged a 59-54 loss to the Panthers on Feb. 10.

"It's a huge win for us. To win a tournament game and move onto the next round shows our kids have not thrown the season away," coach Adam Twiss said. "They continue to improve and it gave us an extra week of practice. And we've used that week to concentrate on things for the future."

Emily Barnhart led the Indians as she had five points, six rebounds and five assists in addition to hitting two key free throws down the stretch. Twiss said the Indians wanted to limit Linden's opportunities off rebounds.

"That was a big difference from the first time we played them," Twiss said. "The first time they had 18 points off of putbacks but the second time we gave up just two points off of putbacks. We boxed out and rebounded the ball well. We're playing more aggressively and physical and it's kind of like a light bulb went off three weeks ago."

•The second-seeded boys basketball team will play a second-round game in the Division II district tournament against Licking Heights or Jonathan Alder on Friday at Grove City. Licking Heights and Jonathan Alder played last Tuesday in the first round.

The winner from Friday will advance to a district semifinal March 5 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Licking Heights finished the regular season 7-13 overall and 6-8 in the MSL-Cardinal Division. Jonathan Alder finished 2-17 overall, including a 59-49 loss to Canal Winchester on Jan. 20.

"I think we've got some good opportunity to keep it going and we're going to have to play well," coach Kent Riggs said.

"We've got a chance to still play our best basketball and that's something I don't think we've done yet."

Canal Winchester finished the regular season with a 72-71 triple-overtime win over Bloom-Carroll on Feb. 17 and a 71-52 win over Amanda-Clearcreek on Feb. 20. The Indians went 12-2 in the MSL-Buckeye to finish second behind Logan Elm (13-1) and ahead of Teays Valley (9-5), Bloom-Carroll (8-6), Fairfield Union (6-8), Hamilton Township (4-10), Amanda-Clearcreek (2-12) and Circleville (2-12).

Against the Bulldogs, Canal Winchester got some key scoring from two unlikely sources. Anthony Riggs went scoreless in regulation but had 10 points in the three overtimes. Cory Spelman was fouled with seven seconds left in the the last overtime period and hit both free throws to give Canal Winchester the win.