For a freshman like Ryan Murdock of the Dublin Coffman High School wrestling team, the Division I district tournament Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby can be intimidating.

For a freshman like Ryan Murdock of the Dublin Coffman High School wrestling team, the Division I district tournament Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby can be intimidating.

But coach Bob Stoll isn't too worried about Murdock, who won the title at 103 pounds at the sectional last Saturday at Westland.

"He's wrestled for 10 years and he's been to a number of youth tournaments," said Stoll, whose team finished fifth (137 points) at sectional behind champion Hilliard Davidson (203.5). "Those tournaments haven't been anything like this, but that's OK because at 103 there are 12 (younger) guys just like him and if anybody has the best draw it might be him."

What lies ahead for Murdock, who is 38-4, is a likely battle with Pickerington North freshman Austin Marsico, who is 32-8, in a quarterfinal. The two have been drilling partners for years but never have met in competition.

"We're pretty good friends and we hang out a lot," said Murdock, one of six Coffman wrestlers to qualify for district. "We're going to have to forget about all that when we get on the mat. I don't think you ever want to go up against a really good friend, but we know whoever wins should make it to state."

The top four in each weight class will advance to state March 5-7 at Ohio State.

Last Saturday didn't bring any surprises for the Shamrocks, who produced two sectional champions in Murdock and Jason Seiple (119, 38-4 overall).

Stoll would be shocked if none of his wrestlers moved on to state like a year ago.

Coffman had four other district qualifiers. Evan Mulkey (215, 37-4) took second last Saturday. Scott Freitag (140, 35-7) and Mike Reinold (heavyweight, 23-5) finished third. Mike Brusadin (189, 29-12) needed to pull out a number of one-point matches to finish fourth.

Scioto also will send six wrestlers to district, including last year's state qualifiers in juniors Randy Languis (135, 42-2) and Alex Gordon (145, 27-2).

Languis, who took seventh in the state last season, breezed to a sectional championship last Saturday with three pins and a technical fall in helping his team finish sixth (132) at Westland.

"This is definitely the most stressful time because everybody wants to go (to state) and everybody is good," Languis said. "I just tell myself I can beat anybody. You just have to believe in yourself and if you get caught up in a loss, you're done."

Coach Scott King decided to hold Gordon out of the championship match after his injured elbow took a beating in the semifinal. He took second.

Senior Nic Bowles (152, 28-4), who lost his first two sectional matches last season battling the flu, also finished second.

"Out of all my kids I would say Nic got the best draw and there's no reason why he can't be a state qualifier," King said.

"It's written in gold for him right now and qualifying for states would be one of the bigger leaps I've seen."

Scioto's other district qualifiers include Ian Richeson (103, 14-17) and Jordan McDonald (119, 27-15), who took fourth. Senior Drew Pike (160, 34-9) was third.

Jerome was 11th (51.5) behind champion Central Crossing (227.5) at the Pickerington North sectional, with sophomore Casey Nicholson (119, 22-11) reaching district for the second year in a row.

"Every match worked out the way you would've expected it with our kids," coach Adam Huddle said.

"We would've liked to have had more surprises. We ended up with a good point total, but we would've liked to have had more district qualifiers."

Nicholson, who was fourth, went 1-2 at district last season at 112.


At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Coffman, Scioto and Jerome basketball teams:

COFFMAN

Last Saturday -- Finished fifth (137) behind champion Hilliard Davidson (203.5) in Division I sectional at Westland. District qualifiers were Ryan Murdock (103, first), Jason Seiple (119, first), Scott Freitag (140, third), Mike Brusadin (189, fourth), Evan Mulkey (215, second) and Mike Reinold (heavyweight, third).

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

SCIOTO

Last Saturday -- Finished sixth (132) in Division I sectional at Westland. District qualifiers were Jordan Richeson (103, fourth), Jordan McDonald (119, fourth), Randy Languis (135, first), Alex Gordon (145, second), Nic Bowles (152, second) and Drew Pike (160, third).

Friday-Saturday -- At district at Darby

JEROME

Last Saturday -- Finished 11th (51.5) behind champion Central Crossing (227.5) in Division I sectional at Pickerington North. Casey Nicholson (119, fourth) qualified to district.

Saturday -- At district at Darby