After a strong showing at the Division I sectional at Westland last Saturday, the Grove City High School wrestling team hopes it doesn't get shut out of the Division I state tournament like last year.

After a strong showing at the Division I sectional at Westland last Saturday, the Grove City High School wrestling team hopes it doesn't get shut out of the Division I state tournament like last year.

The Greyhounds have six athletes competing at the district tournament Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby. The same number of Greyhounds advanced a year ago, but none qualified for state.

With three wrestlers advancing as a sectional champion this year, Grove City figures to be in a better position to succeed.

Jose Hughes (152 pounds), Nick Kowaleski (145) and Colin Whitt (135) each won his weight class in a sectional deemed the toughest of the three Division I sites. Five of the district's top seven seeds competed at Westland, including top-seeded Pickerington North. Grove City was the seventh seed.

"We had a really good day knowing this was a real tough sectional," said coach Jay DiMasso, whose team finished fourth (147.5 points) at the sectional behind champion Pickerington North (224.5). "Knowing that, it's going to give us a good look and a good draw. We knew we had three guys that could win it and a couple other strong finishers."

Hughes pinned Pickerington North's Sean Bui in 3 minutes, 33 seconds to win the title. Nick Kowaleski beat Hilliard Davidson's Alex Mickley 6-4 in his championship match and Whitt dominated Davidson's Eric Hoffman 12-3.

Zach Reynard (heavyweight) also is competing Friday after finishing third last Saturday. Robert Coles (171) and Caleb Dick (189) were fourth. As fourth-place finishers, Coles and Dick have to open the district tournament against a sectional champion.

Brad Pepples (112) and Jacob Swavely (119) were fifth last Saturday and are district alternates.

"I was really satisfied with what we had (advance to the district tournament)," Whitt said. "I would have liked to have a couple more. You have to take what you can get and I'm definitely happy with it."

Hughes and Whitt were 2-2 at district last year. Kowaleski was 1-2. Grove City finished 30th (15.5 points) behind champion Davidson (119.5).

•Isaac Redfern, the lone returning member from Central Crossing's team last year, was its lone wrestler to advance to district. He finished fourth at heavyweight.

Redfern was injured before his third-place match and couldn't compete. After the tournament, his status for district remained uncertain, but it was clear to coach Chas McCutcheon that Redfern has the tools to do well at district.

"He definitely pushed the pace (against his sectional opponents)," said McCutcheon, whose team finished 13th at Westland with 16 points. "His conditioning was decent and he has a couple of moves he likes to go to and they were working well for him."

If Redfern can compete, he'll represent a Central Crossing team that was fifth at district last year with 78.5 points. Redfern, who was a district qualifier at 215 a year ago, was 1-2.