The route to his Division I district championship match might have seemed effortless for Wes King of the Dublin Scioto High School wrestling team.

The route to his Division I district championship match might have seemed effortless for Wes King of the Dublin Scioto High School wrestling team.

But after three consecutive pins, the senior knew his final match at 220 pounds in the district tournament held Feb. 24 and 25 at Hilliard Darby would come against an opponent who had defeated him three times this season in Olentangy's Alex Stinemetz.

"I think the Stinemetz losses have always lingered over his head," Scioto coach Aaron McKenzie said. "But going into (last) weekend, he was bound and determined to get a win over him. You could tell he really wanted to win and everyone was talking about that match."

That determination paid off for King, who defeated Steinmetz 6-1 in overtime to improve to 42-4. The victory gave him a prime spot in the bracket in the state tournament, which runs Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at Ohio State.

The win also helped Scioto earn a top-10 finish at district. The Irish scored 68.5 points to placed 10th behind champion Marysville (174) as 37 teams scored. Dublin Coffman, which will send three wrestlers to state, finished ninth (70.5) and Dublin Jerome was 23rd (21).

The top four finishers in each weight class at district advanced to state.

"Just beating him made it all the better," said King, who lost both of his matches in his first state appearance last year. "I think I was more aggressive this time and kind of attacked more. I know it definitely makes me feel more confident about my (state) draw."

King was Scioto's only state qualifier. Also competing at district for the Irish were Yoshi Akutsu at heavyweight (3-2, fifth), Brandon Carbajal at 160 (2-2), Brian Fox at 170 (3-3), Dan Higuera at 152 (3-3) and Ian Richeson at 120 (2-2).

Qualifying for state for Coffman were seniors Chris Mullucey (120, 25-4), Ryan Murdock (126, 41-2) and Joe Schulze (132, 38-9). Murdock will be making his third state appearance and Mullucey will be making his second. Schulze is a first-time state qualifier.

Murdock, who placed sixth at state last season at 113 and fifth in 2010 at 103, went 3-1 at district and placed second, losing to Olentangy's Trevor Fiorucci 4-1 in the championship match.

"I've known Fiorucci for a while and I didn't know he was going to get into my weight class until the week of sectionals," Murdock said. "We were really even on our feet and it was really just one mistake that I made that cost me the match. I had to choose neutral in the third (period) and ended up giving up a takedown."

Mullucey also went 3-1 and lost to Olentangy's Giuseppe Penzone 15-6 in the final.

"Both Mullucey and Murdock have (state) experience, but they've got tough draws," Shamrocks coach Bob Stoll said. "But when you get to the state tournament, there are no flukes and anything can happen."

Schulze went 3-2, losing to Teays Valley's Cole Nace 8-1 in the third-place match.

Also competing for Coffman were Jake Cline at 145 (2-2), Tyler McCourt at 160 (2-2) and Markell Wooden at 152 (3-2, fifth).

A state alternate, Wooden (34-9) was expected to advance to state because of an injury to Marys-ville's Tyler Miller, who placed second at district.

Jerome's lone state qualifier was junior Brett Mowery (220, 39-4). A first-time state qualifier, he lost his opening match but won his next five, including a 3-1 overtime win over Pickerington Central's Ryan Schmeltzer in the third-place match.

"I think he went into the tournament a little tight and lost his first match," coach Adam Huddle said. "The second day, he came back and controlled his matches. The first round of the tournament really hurt us as a team because we dropped some close matches."

Also competing for Jerome were Jack Austin at 145 (2-2), Bennett Comfort at 126 (0-2), Kyle Harness at 160 (1-2), Andrew Pearson at 138 (0-2) and Josh Transue at 106 (0-2).