Casey Nicholson of the Dublin Jerome High School wrestling team isn't used to having much company in the practice room during the week leading up to the Division I district tournament.

Casey Nicholson of the Dublin Jerome High School wrestling team isn't used to having much company in the practice room during the week leading up to the Division I district tournament.

Twice during his prep career, the four-time district qualifier was the Celtics' only competitor at district. But this season, he'll be joined by six teammates at the tournament on Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26, at Hilliard Darby, marking the most district qualifiers in program history.

"It certainly makes for a more eventful practice," said Nicholson, who won the sectional championship Feb. 19 at Westland at 130 pounds to improve to 31-4. "We had a lot of confidence coming into the sectional and guys really stepped up."

Senior Brad Myers won the sectional title at 171 to improve to 32-4 and will be making his second trip to district.

The top four in each weight class at sectional qualified for district.

Jerome scored 143 points at sectional to finish third of 13 teams behind Lancaster (180) and Westerville North (145).

"We made sure our guys got a lot of quality matches leading up to the tournament and it really paid off this year," coach Adam Huddle said. "We even had four or five guys avenge losses that they had earlier and that really shows we're getting better at the end of the year."

Sophomore Bennett Comfort lost to Central Crossing's Joe Householder 7-5 in the first round at 112, but defeated him 3-0 to advance to the third-place match and secure a district berth. Comfort placed third at sectional to improve to 22-8.

Senior Juven Lopez (145, 22-9) and sophomore Brent Mowery (215, 21-15) each avenged a loss to an opponent during the regular season on their way to placing second and third, respectively, at sectional.

Also qualifying for district were juniors Jack Austin (140, 35-14) and Kyle Harness (152, 25-13). Both placed fourth.

The top four in each weight class at district advance to the state tournament March 3-5 at Ohio State.

•Nine Coffman wrestlers qualified for district as the Shamrocks placed second (187) of 13 teams at the sectional Feb. 19 at Pickerington North behind Olentangy Liberty (239.5).

Among the qualifiers were senior Ryan Murdock (112, 38-2) and junior Chris Mullucey (103, 34-6), each of whom won a sectional title. Murdock is a four-time district qualifier who placed fifth at state last year at 103.

Placing second at sectional were seniors Anthony Goliver (152, 24-9) and Matt Muncrief (171, 27-7) and juniors T.J. Armengau (160, 13-6) and Ryan Steiner (189, 24-7).

Juniors Jake Cline (135, 22-12), Tyler McCourt (145, 28-9) and Joe Schulz (125, 24-10) also advanced to district. McCourt and Schultz placed third and Cline finished fourth.

Coach Bob Stoll was most surprised by the performance turned in by Armengau, who wasn't a full-time varsity wrestler during the regular season.

"We made some lineup shifts and 160 opened up," Stoll said. "(Armengau) pinned his first two guys to reach the semifinals. He'd wrestled a little bit in middle school, but didn't come out as a freshman. Last year, he broke his hand."

• Scioto junior Wesley King (215, 34-9) will be making his second district appearance after winning a sectional championship at Westland.

King is one of five district qualifiers for the Irish, who finished seventh (110) at sectional.

"The district tournament is so much about draws and who's hot right now," coach Scott King said. "We've got kids who are peaking at the right time."

Also qualifying for district were senior Gabe Shirkey (171, 15-8), junior Ian Richeson (119, 21-17) and sophomores Yoshi Akutsu (heavyweight, 17-14) and Anthony Trocchio (130, 16-15). Shirkey placed third at sectional and Akutsu, Richeson and Trocchio each finished fourth.

Richeson was a district qualifier as a freshman.

AT A GLANCE

Below are the sectional results for the Coffman, Jerome and Scioto wrestling teams:

COFFMAN

Feb. 19 - Finished second (187) in 13-team Division I sectional at Pickerington North behind Olentangy Liberty (239.5).

District qualifiers were T.J. Armengau (160, 3-1, second), Jake Cline (135, 3-2, fourth), Anthony Goliver (152, 3-1, second), Tyler McCourt (145, 4-1, third), Chris Mullucey (103, 4-0, first), Matt Muncrief (171, 3-1, second), Ryan Murdock (112, 4-0, first), Joe Schulz (125, 3-1, third) and Ryan Steiner (189, 3-1, second).

Feb. 25-26 - District tournament at Hilliard Darby. The top four in each weight class advance to state March 3-5 at Ohio State.

JEROME

Feb. 19 - Finished third (143) in 13-team Division I sectional at Westland behind Lancaster (180) and Westerville North (145).

District qualifiers were Jack Austin (140, 3-2, fourth), Bennett Comfort (112, 4-1, third), Kyle Harness (152, 2-2, fourth), Juven Lopez (145, 2-1, second), Brad Myers (171, 3-0, first), Brent Mowery (215, 4-1, third) and Casey Nicholson (130, 4-0, first).

Feb. 25-26 - District tournament at Darby. The top four in each weight class advance to state March 3-5 at Ohio State.

SCIOTO

Feb. 19 - Finished seventh (110) in 13-team Division I sectional at Westland behind champion Lancaster (180).

District qualifiers were Yoshi Akutsu (heavyweight, 3-2, fourth), Wes King (215, 4-0, first), Ian Richeson (119, 3-2, fourth), Gabe Shirkey (171, 3-2, third) and Anthony Trocchio (130, 3-2, fourth).

Feb. 25-26 - District tournament at Darby. The top four in each weight class advance to state March 3-5 at Ohio State.