There are eight members of the Hilliard Davidson High School wrestling team trying to keep the Division I district title in the program for one more season.

There are eight members of the Hilliard Davidson High School wrestling team trying to keep the Division I district title in the program for one more season.

The Wildcats head to the district tournament, which starts Friday and concludes Saturday at Hilliard Darby, seeking a second consecutive district title. But they face an uphill climb, as they will be competing against teams that have more representation in the tournament field.

Olentangy Liberty advanced 11 wrestlers from the Pickerington Central sectional and Springboro, a team from the Southwest District, is bringing 10 wrestlers from the Centerville sectional. Pickerington North and Teays Valley both will have eight wrestlers competing.

North was strong enough to win the Westland sectional last Saturday with 224.5 points. Davidson was second with 199.

The one thing that has coach Dominic DiSabato optimistic about his team's chances is the way it performed last Saturday at Westland, where five of the district's top seven seeds were competing.

"With 12 guys in the top six (last Saturday at Westland), with eight qualifiers and three alternates, the only thing I can say is we wrestled about as well as we could," DiSabato said.

Angelo DiSabato won the sectional championship at 119 pounds, beating Westland's Scottie Haslam 12-6 in the championship match. He improved his record to 32-2 and opens the district tournament against Mount Vernon's Dakota Riley, who is 12-7.

DiSabato finished eighth at state last year at 112 after winning the district title. He is among the favorites to win another district title but could be challenged by Miamisburg's Tyler Regan, a returning state qualifier who is 34-3.

Also winning a sectional title was Spencer Delande (189), who defeated North's Nick Justus in the final to improve to 18-0. Delande's first match Friday is against Vandalia Butler's Marlin Ellis, who is 14-16.

Chase Delande (23-5 at 140), Eric Hoffman (22-8 at 125) and Alex Mickley (18-6 at 145) each enter the district tournament as a sectional runner-up. Nolan Gill (16-7 at 135) and Marshall Knoch (10-6 at 215) placed third and Kyle Ehrhardt (17-14 at 152) finished fourth.

Jacob Davis (103), Cam Tice (130) and Sean Lawler (160) were fifth and are district alternates. Brian Kegelmeyer (112) was sixth.

Davidson won last year's district title with 119.5 points. Marysville was second with 104.5.

•Darby advanced seven wrestlers to district, led by Cameron Longwell (112), Sufyan El-Geroushi (215) and Tyler Bowens (160), all of whom finished second last Saturday at the Westland sectional.

The Panthers finished sixth (140.5).

"It all leads up to the hard week of practice everyone put in knowing that this might be the hardest sectional in the Central District," Longwell said. "Everyone was going all out in practice, and to take seven of our 12 guys, I think our team did very well."

In the first round at district, Bowens (32-7) faces Gahanna's Justin Strohschein (29-11), El-Geroushi (20-6) faces Teays Valley's Marcus Fullen (26-10) and Longwell (28-12) opens his second district appearance against Piqua's Aaron Byers (19-15).

Others competing for the Panthers are third-place finishers Drew Hite (20-14 at 130), Zach Jewell (14-15 at 125) and Trevor Simon (24-13 at 119) and fourth-place finisher Devon Booth (27-10 at 103).

Also placing at sectional was Wes Brown (152), who was sixth.

Darby finished 15th (46.5) at district last year.

•Bradley is taking seven wrestlers to the Division II district tournament at Uhrichsville Claymont. The Jaguars finished third at the Amanda-Clearcreek sectional with 160.5 points, behind champion Olentangy (246).

Andrew Higgins won the sectional championship at 135. Higgins (29-3) opens at district against Licking Valley's Austin Cariens (28-17).

"Andrew had a great weekend recording a four pin sectional," coach John Riggs said. "He's had a very good regular season and is off to a great start in the postseason tournament series."

Conor Driscoll (25-11 at 152) and Devin Wohrle (18-10 at 125) both finished second at sectional and Blake Scipio (18-9 at 140) was third. Austin Johnston (18-14 at 130), Ricky McGrath (9-16 at 171) and Sam Riggs (15-15 at 160) were fourth.

Jacob Markusic finished fifth at 145 and Joe Krochmal (112) and Nounou Barry (119) both were sixth.