For Dublin Coffman High School wrestling coach Bob Stoll, the drought has gone on long enough.

For Dublin Coffman High School wrestling coach Bob Stoll, the drought has gone on long enough.

After failing to advance any wrestlers to the Division I state tournament for two seasons, the Shamrocks emerged from the Westland sectional last Saturday with a third-place finish and eight district qualifiers who now have a shot at reaching state, which is March 5-6 at Ohio State.

The top four placers in each weight class at Friday and Saturday's district at Hilliard Darby move on to the state tournament.

"It's really a shot in the arm for our program," Stoll said. "It was really great for the guys because it was such a tough sectional. We thought we might get four or five through, but they got on a roll, especially in the wrestle backs, and we had some upsets."

Coffman finished with 173.5 points behind champion Pickerington North (224.5) and Hilliard Davidson (199). The sectional featured six of the area's top 12 seeds.

Senior heavyweight Chad Doan (24-4 overall) went 4-0 as a sectional champion. Sophomore Ryan Murdock (103 pounds, 32-6) took second after losing to Pickerington North's Austin Marsico 3-2.

Other district qualifiers include sophomore Chris Mullucey (112, 28-7), junior Anthony Goliver (160, 25-12) and seniors Scott Freitag (152, 29-5), Brandon Porter (171, 28-10), Mike Brusadin (189, 18-14) and Jon Liang (24-10).

"We've had a number of underclassmen who stepped up this year," Doan said. "I think I'm going into district as kind of an underdog and I just want to try and prove people wrong. It's going to be a tough tournament."

Scioto's two-time state placer Randy Languis (140, 42-4) will get another opportunity to repeat as district champion. He easily won a sectional title last Saturday at Watkins Memorial where the Irish finished tied for sixth (113.5) with Upper Arlington behind champion Marysville (243).

Languis, who was second in the Brian Brakeman's annual wrestling forecast, finished with two technical falls and a major decision before winning his last match by default.

"I've already wrestled most of the guys I'll face," he said. "We'll kind of tweak some things this week and add some surprises. Right now, it's really about fixing the little things that I did wrong."

Languis expects Pickerington North's Alec Marsico (38-7) and Davidson's Chase Delande (23-5) to be the other top competitors in his weight class.

After missing last season's sectional with an injured elbow, Scioto Senior Alex Gordon (152, 31-3) will try to return to the state tournament after qualifying as a sophomore.

He returned from an ACL injury in December. The injury was bothering him last Saturday so he decided to forfeit the championship match.

Scioto produced two other district qualifiers in sophomore Wes King (189, 27-15) and junior Matt Travis (heavyweight, 23-16).

Jerome junior Casey Nicholson (130, 7-1) missed most of the season with a broken collarbone, but took second at the Pickerington Central sectional.

The two-time district qualifier wasn't supposed to return this year.

"He had a little bit of rust, but he's feeling good," said coach Adam Huddle, whose team finished 10th (77.5 points) behind champion Olentangy Liberty (260).

"I think we've got a real shot at getting him through to states. He's fresh so we're hoping to pick up the pace in practice this week."

Junior Brad Myers (140, 27-4) will join Nicholson at the district tournament.


At a glance

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

COFFMAN

Last Saturday -- Finished third (173.5) at Westland Division I sectional ahead of champion Pickerington North (224.5) and Hilliard Davidson (199). Heavyweight Chad Doan won a championship. Other district qualifiers include Ryan Murdock (103), Chris Mullucey (112), Scott Freitag (152), Anthony Goliver (160), Brandon Porter (171), Mike Brusadin (189) and Jon Liang (215).

Friday-Saturday -- At Hilliard Darby for Division I district. The top four placers advance to the state tournament.

SCIOTO

Last Saturday -- Finished sixth (113.5) tied with Upper Arlington behind champion Marysville at Watkins Memorial Division I sectional. Randy Languis (140) won a championship. Other district qualifiers include Alex Gordon (152), Wes King (189) and Matt Travis (heavyweight).

Friday-Saturday -- At Hilliard Darby for Division I district. The top four placers advance to the state tournament.

JEROME

Last Saturday -- Finished 10th (77.5) at Pickerington Central Division I sectional behind champion Olentangy Liberty (260). Casey Nicholson (130) and Brad Myers (140) were district qualifiers.

Friday-Saturday -- At Hilliard Darby for Division I district. The top four placers advance to the state tournament.