Gahanna Lincoln High School wrestling coach Kyle Bentley has been harping on the basics the past few days.

Gahanna Lincoln High School wrestling coach Kyle Bentley has been harping on the basics the past few days.

For the Lions' two Division I district qualifiers, that concept might not be exciting, but it could be beneficial when each begins competition Friday, Feb. 24, at Hilliard Darby.

Junior twin brothers Drew and Kasee McDougle have been regulars on the mat since they were in elementary school, but each is taking seriously the difficulty of competing at the district level.

The top four finishers in each weight class at district, which concludes Saturday, Feb. 25, advance to the state tournament March 1-3 at Ohio State.

"They just have to remember that doing the little things make big things happen," Bentley said. "They have to keep working on setting up shots the right way and not giving up easy points. Drew and Kasee both look really good right now."

Drew was a state qualifier at 112 pounds as a freshman and appeared on his way to qualifying for state at 130 last year when he sustained an injury in his district semifinal match. He ended up sixth at district and finished with a 41-9 record.

Now at 132, Drew is coming off a sectional championship performance Feb. 18 at Pickerington Central that gave him a 40-5 record and a No. 1 seed at district. He will open district against Worthington Kilbourne junior Kyle Wahl, who is 19-9 and finished fourth in the Westland sectional.

Drew opened the sectional with back-to-back pins, followed by a 19-2 win over Westerville North's Nick Durieux before pinning Teays Valley's Cole Nace in 4 minutes, 53 seconds in the final.

With his three sectional pins, Drew has a program-record 27 on the season.

"I did everything I needed to do," Drew said. "I feel good. I felt good all day and I wrestled well. There will be a couple tough guys (at district) like the (Watkins Memorial sectional champion Logan Strope) from Lancaster and (Nace) from Teays Valley."

Kasee is 32-9 after earning a sectional runner-up finish at 138 and will face Dublin Jerome's Andrew Pearson (20-14) in his first district match.

Last season, Kasee sustained an injury in his opening district match and was forced to default in the second round as he finished with a 31-10 record.

With his district spot already wrapped up Feb. 18, Kasee elected to forfeit his sectional final match against Olentangy Liberty's Jake Ryan and settled for second. He lost to Ryan two previous times.

Kasee opened the sectional by pinning Groveport's Sam Loving in 2:43 and then beat Teays Valley's Dakota Dunn 5-0 to reach the final.

"I felt like I did well," Kasee said. "I was kind of wishing I got a pin in the (sectional semifinal) but I still won 5-0. I didn't wrestle the final because it wouldn't have made a difference, and I didn't want either of us to get injured.

"I know we're just looking forward to working on the basics this week. I seemed to be OK on my feet (at sectional), but I need to be better when I'm in the down position."

Gahanna competed in the same sectional as five of the top 12 seeded teams.

Placing fifth to be a district alternate was sophomore Mike McMasters, who went 2-2 at 126 and is 11-19 on the season.

Finishing sixth in their respective weights were junior Collin Blaney at 182 and sophomore Sheldon Rentmeester at 220.

Blaney finished 18-15 on the season and Rentmeester finished 5-14.

McMasters lost his opening match in the second round to Groveport's Cameron Jones 8-6 but ended up defeating Jones 6-4 in the fifth-place match.

"We're not happy obviously with only getting two kids out," Bentley said.

"(McMasters) should have won his first match, but I was glad he beat a kid that had already beaten him."