The Hilliard Davidson High School wrestling team qualified nine wrestlers to the Division I district tournament Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby after winning the Westland sectional last Saturday.

The Hilliard Davidson High School wrestling team qualified nine wrestlers to the Division I district tournament Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby after winning the Westland sectional last Saturday.

The Wildcats scored 203.5 points to finish ahead of runner-up Marysville (199.5) and three-time district champion Reynoldsburg (198).

Davidson came close to winning a district title in 2007 when it finished second (152.5) to Reynoldsburg (156.5). The Wildcats were ninth (61.5) last year behind champion Reynoldsburg (130).

Reynoldsburg's third-place finish last Saturday served as a clear indication that this year's district tournament champion could be any of a number of teams.

"About six teams can win it," coach Dominic DiSabato said. "Central Crossing is right up there, and Teays Valley. I like us just as well as Marysville and Reynoldsburg."

Reynoldsburg also advanced nine wrestlers to district. Beavercreek and Teays Valley have 11 and Central Crossing has 10.

Angelo DiSabato (112 pounds, 37-3 overall), Belal Shalash (189, 24-11) and Taylor Smith (152, 37-4) won sectional championships, giving them a first-round match with a fourth-place finisher from another sectional.

Chase Delande (130, 23-14), Spencer Delande (171, 35-6), J.T. Rice (160, 33-5) and Tyler Rich (125, 32-7) finished second and Marshall Knoch (215, 11-8) and Alex Mickley (145, 25-14) were third.

Shalash beat Reynoldsburg's Christian Tennant 3-2 in the final at 189 without warming up. Tennant, who was injured earlier in the tournament, apparently told Shalash that he wasn't going to compete, although Reynoldsburg coach Jason Allen said he never gave an official word to Davidson. During the final at 160 Tennant told Allen he was going to give it a try. Shalash was eating and thinking his day was done.

"He was telling me he was going to forfeit," Shalash said.

"I didn't even see him warm up. He warmed up hidden. I was eating nachos with jalapenos and then I took a shower. I got out there and saw himand thought I was just going to shake hands, buthe had his gear on. I didn't even have any kneepads. After that I just wanted to make him go through the pain."

Shalash, Angelo DiSabato, Rice and Smith competed last year in the district tournament, with DiSabato and Rice finishing third to qualify to the state tournament. Smith was a state alternate, finishing fifth. Shalash was 0-2, but he was competing at 152.

The top four in each weight class will advance to state March 5-7 at Ohio State.

•Darby qualified seven wrestlers to the district tournament.

The Panthers finished second (222) behind Teays Valley (257) in the sectional at Watkins Memorial.

Travante Pitts (125, 38-7) and Nathan Launer (160, 34-5) won sectional titles and Joe Crabtree (152, 31-4), Blake Scipio (130, 16-13) finished second.

Cameron Longwell (112, 32-10) and Wes Walker (171, 20-1) were third in the sectional and Nick Primavera (215, 22-8) was fourth.

Crabtree, Pitts, Primavera and Walker qualified to district last year and helped the Panthers scored 76 points to finish seventh.

Crabtree and Pitts made it to the state tournament. Pitts was fourth and Crabtree was third at 145.