It's been three seasons since the Grove City High School wrestling team has had a Division I state qualifier.

It's been three seasons since the Grove City High School wrestling team has had a Division I state qualifier.

The Greyhounds have a chance to break that streak when six wrestlers compete in the district tournament Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26, at Hilliard Darby. The top four placers in each weight class advance to the state tournament March 3-5 at Ohio State.

"We're pushing to get as many people to state that we can," said Jose Hughes, who advanced to district at 160 pounds. "We definitely think that we have a lot of guys that have potential."

But as Grove City found out last year, having multiple district qualifiers doesn't guarantee a state qualifier. None of the Greyhounds' eight district qualifiers last year advanced to state.

Grove City may have a better chance of having a state qualifier this season, however, after a good showing in the Marysville sectional Feb. 19. Five of its six district qualifiers made a championship final, meaning they'll open district against an opponent who placed lower at another sectional.

Grove City scored 123.5 points at sectional to finish fifth behind champion Hilliard Davidson (239.5).

Leading the way was Hughes, who defeated Darby's Tyler Bowens 7-6 to win the championship at 160. Robert Coles (145), Caleb Dick (189), Nick Kowaleski (152) and Jordan Shoemaker (112) each placed second, and Zach Reynard (heavyweight) placed third.

The top four placers in each weight class advanced to district.

"I was real happy with our results and getting five guys into the championship finals," coach Jay DiMasso said. " Number-wise, that's a pretty good showing. Only Davidson had more (with six). They wrestled well and they had some tough competition."

Last season, Grove City scored 28 points at district to tie Reynoldsburg and Thomas Worthington for 21st behind champion Marysville (188.5).

"The level at district is definitely different," Hughes said. "Everybody is good. You don't have kids with 0-8 records. You have kids that have won matches. I keep telling myself that each time (the state meet) gets closer that this is what we've been working so hard for."

Central Crossing has five wrestlers competing at district, four more than last year.

Led by Gage Hysell (152) and Vince Pickett (160), the Comets scored 127 points at the Westland sectional to finish fourth behind champion Lancaster (180).

"I thought they did well," coach Jamie Ramirez said. "We had nine guys and seven of them placed. I thought everybody wrestled pretty hard. I was hoping to get a couple more there."

Both Hysell and Pickett turned in dominating performances. Hysell pinned all of his opponents, including Olentangy Orange's Mike Moore (1 minute, 52 seconds) in the championship match.

Pickett's day included a 12-5 win over Westerville Central's Zach Brown in the championship match. Brown was ranked second behind Pickett in last week's Division I district coaches poll.

"He put his footprint down on how good he is," Ramirez said of Pickett. "Gage Hysell has had some bad matches and he's had some good ones this season. He was on a roll (last) weekend."

Also making it to district were Aaron Hardy (140) and Josh Wimer (103), both of whom placed second, and Dez Hauber, who was third at 135. Joe Householder, who finished fifth at 112, and Kyle Farris, who was sixth at 125, also placed.

With 2010 graduate Isaac Redfern as Central Crossing's lone representative at district last year, the Comets scored nine points to place 37th.

AT A GLANCE

Below are the sectional results for the Central Crossing and Grove City wrestling teams:

CENTRAL CROSSING

Feb. 19 - Finished fourth (127) in 13-team Division I sectional at Westland behind champion Lancaster (180). District qualifiers were Aaron Hardy (140, 3-1, second), Dez Hauber (135, 2-1, third), Gage Hysell (152, 3-0, first), Vince Pickett (160, 4-0, first) and Josh Wimer (103, 2-1 second). Others competing were Kyle Farris (125, 2-3), Joe Householder (112, 3-2), Blake Ruff (145, 0-2) and Hunter Taylor (130, 1-2).

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

GROVE CITY

Feb. 19 - Finished fifth (123.5) in 13-team Division I sectional at Marysville behind champion Hilliard Davidson (239.5). District qualifiers were Robert Coles (145, 2-1, second), Caleb Dick (189, 2-1, second), Jose Hughes (3-0, first), Nick Kowaleski (2-1, second), Zach Reynard (heavyweight, 2-1, third) and Jordan Shoemaker (112, 2-1, second). Others competing were Clayton Baltzer (215, 0-2), Josh Barker (125, 0-2), Cole Capehart (103, 0-2), Zane Chappellar (135, 1-2), Dylan Hogan (130, 0-2), Cornelius Marsha (119, 1-2), Greg Plotner (140, 0-2) and Jared Todd (171, 1-2).

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