With 10 competitors expected to hit the mat for the Division I district tournament Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby, the Central Crossing High School wrestling team hopes at least to equal the last two seasons when it advanced three to the state tournament.

With 10 competitors expected to hit the mat for the Division I district tournament Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby, the Central Crossing High School wrestling team hopes at least to equal the last two seasons when it advanced three to the state tournament.

There's another goal the Comets have on their minds as well: Leaving with the district championship.

After his team took fifth in 2007 when it had 13 at district and then was fourth last year with 10 district competitors, Central Crossing coach Chance Van Gundy knows just how important it is for each individual to do their part in terms of team points.

"Our goal is to win the district title as a team, and we need all 10 of our guys to score," Van Gundy said. "We're going to need our big guys to be in the finals. Going in with 10, you've got to be able to utilize all 10 guys. We want to make sure we're wrestling up to our potential. At this point, there are no moral victories."

The Comets left little on the table at the sectional last Saturday at Pickerington North, where they scored 227.5 points to outdistance the host Panthers (172.5) and Mount Vernon (165) among a 13-team field.

Austin Sanders (130 pounds) and Chad Channel (135) each left with titles and Matt Perez (119), Casey Beatty (160), Matt Schramm (heavyweight) and Andrew Higgins (112) were runners-up.

Sanders and Higgins went 1-2 at state a year ago. Channel is a two-time state qualifier, but did not compete at state last year.

The Comets scored 87 points at district to place fourth last year behind champion Reynoldsburg (130).

"I thought that 10 was about the magic number for us," Van Gundy said. "I thought that if we wrestled exceptionally that we'd get more out and if we didn't we might get less. With every guy that got out, I expected them to."

Grove City is sending six to district, with Collin Whitt leading the way after earning a sectional runner-up finish at 125 at Watkins Memorial last Saturday.

The Greyhounds finished sixth (129) at the sectional after placing fifth at their sectional a year ago.

"Going into the tournament, I felt that if we had six make it out, I'd be happy with that," coach Jay Dimasso said. "But then coming out, although I was happy with six, we could have gotten eight out. Our 215-pounder (sixth-place finisher Brian Senesac) ended up losing (to eventual runner-up Cory Cosby of Pickerington Central 10-7). He would have been in first if he'd won that match but then lost again and didn't even get to district.

"You can pick apart a match and that part's frustrating, but overall we are happy to get six out, especially when a couple of those guys were not even seeded to get out."

According to Dimasso, fourth-place finisher Jose Hughes (152) and third-place finisher Josh Mills (119) turned in strong performances.

"Going into district, I don't see a loss that any of my guys had that we can't avenge," Dimasso said. "Our 125-pounder was the runner-up and my 140-pounder (Nick Kowaleski) took third, and they both only had one loss. They can both turn it around and beat the kid that beat them. The six I have advancing are all in good shape and have that closing skill. It's looking a little more promising than it did three weeks ago."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Central Crossing and Grove City wrestling teams:

CENTRAL CROSSING

Last Saturday -- Finished first (227.5) in 13-team Division I sectional at Pickerington North. Advancing to district were Casey Beatty (160, second), Chad Channel (135, first), Andrew Higgins (112, second), Dez Hauber (103, fourth), Matt Perez (119 pounds, second), Vince Pickett (125, third), Isaac Redfern (215, third), Austin Sanders (130, first), Matt Schramm (heavyweight, second) and Cody Wimer (140, fourth).

Friday-Saturday -- At district tournament at Hilliard Darby. The top four in each weight class will advance to state March 5-7 at Ohio State. Opening-round matchups include Hauber (34-11) against Olentangy's Trevor Fiorucci (31-8), Higgins (35-10) against Westland's Scottie Haslam (31-15), Perez against Springboro's Josh D'Urso (25-9), Pickett (28-14) against Hilliard Davidson's Tyler Rich (32-7), Sanders (28-3) against Fairborn's Cody Davis (7-4), Channel (41-6) against Pickerington Central's Mac Smith (38-8), Wimer (24-11) against Olentangy's Joe Grandominico (41-5), Beatty (28-15) against Olentangy's Ryan DiSabato (30-11), Redfern (25-16) against Pickerington Central's Cory Cosby (33-9) and Schramm (29-7) against Dublin Coffman's Mike Reinold (23-5).

GROVE CITY

Last Saturday -- Finished sixth (129) in 13-team Division I sectional at Watkins Memorial behind champion Teays Valley (257.5). Advancing to district were Jose Hughes (152, fourth), Nick Kowaleski (140, third), Josh Mills (119, third), Jacob Swavely (112, fourth), Ryan Wells (160, fourth) and Collin Whitt (125, second).

Friday-Saturday -- At district at Darby. Opening-round matchups include Swavely (34-11) against Springboro's Aaron Thoman (26-7), Mills (25-17) against Westland's Jack Swicegood (13-7), Whitt (31-9) against Sidney's Derek Spangler (24-12), Kowaleski (24-14) against Gahanna's Matt Nelson (35-6), Hughes (19-12) against Davidson's Taylor Smith (37-4) and Wells (36-13) against Pickerington North's Matt Ferguson (32-8).