The Hilliard Davidson High School wrestling team has a chance to win the Division I district tournament for the second time in three years after advancing 10 wrestlers from the Marysville sectional.

The Hilliard Davidson High School wrestling team has a chance to win the Division I district tournament for the second time in three years after advancing 10 wrestlers from the Marysville sectional.

"Overall, we wrestled well," said coach Dominic DiSabato, whose team scored 239.5 points to win the sectional ahead of runner-up Marysville (219.5) on Feb. 19. "We had a couple of guys that on paper weren't expected to make it through. That was good to see."

Two of the Wildcats' pleasant surprises were Trent Gill at 103 pounds and Nick Lawler at 130. Both placed fourth and will making their first appearances at district on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, at Hilliard Darby.

With six wrestlers making it to a championship final at sectional, Davidson should be set up for a strong district tournament. Reaching a championship match in a sectional means a wrestler opens the district tournament against a lower placer from another sectional.

Those six - Jacob Davis (112), Chase Delande (145), Angelo DiSabato (119), Nolan Gill (140) Eric Hoffman (125) and Alex Mickley (152) - not only reached the finals, but won them.

Kyle Ehrhardt (160) and Marshall Knoch (215) were third.

The top four in each weight class at district advance to the state meet March 3-5 at Ohio State. DiSabato, Delande, Gill and Mickley are seeking return trips to state.

A year ago, the Wildcats sent eight wrestlers to the district tournament and scored 85 points to finish fourth behind champion Marysville (188.5).

Darby advanced six to the district tournament as it placed fourth (127.5) at the Marysville sectional.

"Six is a decent number," coach Brendan Moody said. "We would have liked to have a couple more, but the kids that came out wrestled hard."

One of the biggest wins for the Panthers in the sectional came from Matthew Walker over Watkins Memorial's Joey Cameron in a consolation semifinal at 152. With a 32-2 record entering the sectional, Cameron was as a favorite to advance to district. Walker beat him 12-4 to secure a spot in a third-place match, where he lost to Marysville's Tyler Miller 9-1 to place fourth.

"He actually broke his ankle during football and he was only training for like a month," Moody said of Walker. "He's starting to really come into form. That was a big win for him beating Cameron."

Tyler Bowens (160), Jake Donatelli (125), Sufyan El-Geroushi (heavyweight), Cameron Longwell (119) and Sam Valenti (103) all placed second to advance.

All but Bowens and Longwell are seeking a return trip to state.

Bradley has six representatives at the Division II district meet at Columbus East on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26.

The Jaguars placed third at a home sectional on Feb. 19 behind champion Olentangy (292) and Jonathan Alder (199).

Conor Driscoll (145), Andrew Higgins (152) and Austin Johnston (135) won sectional titles. Ricky McGrath (171), Devin Wohrle (130) and Jake Zoller (140) all placed second.

Zoller is the lone first-time district qualifier. The others helped Bradley score 39 points at district last year to tie Big Walnut for 20th behind champion Olentangy (135.5).

Higgins was Bradley's lone state qualifier.

Bradley also has several district alternates in Hunter Kidd (189), Tyler Kidd (heavyweight), Ryan McGrath (119), Sam Riggs (160) and Devon Smith (215). They all placed fifth and could receive an opportunity to compete should a district qualifier pull out before the tournament begins.

"We had a great semifinal round advancing six wrestlers to the championship match," coach John Riggs said. "We lost some very tough matches in the consolation semifinals, but to those kids' credit they finished the tournament very strong, winning all five fifth-place matches."

AT A GLANCE

Below are the sectional results for the Bradley, Darby and Davidson wrestling teams:

BRADLEY

Feb. 19 -Finished third (186.5) in 13-team Division II sectional at home behind champion Olentangy (292) and Jonathan Alder (199).

District qualifiers were: Conor Driscoll (145, 3-0, first), Andrew Higgins (152, 4-0, first), Austin Johnston (first, 4-0, 135), Ricky McGrath (171, 3-1, second), Devin Wohrle (130, 3-1, second) and Jake Zoller (140, 2-1, second).

Others competing were: Hunter Kidd (189, 3-2), Tyler Kidd (heavyweight, 1-2), Robbie McGrath (103, 1-2), Ryan McGrath (119, 2-2), Devon Smith (215, 2-2), Mark Staten (112, 1-2) and Sam Riggs (160, 2-2, fifth).

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

DARBY

Feb. 19 -Finished fourth (128.5) in 13-team Division I sectional at Marysville behind champion Davidson (239.5).

District qualifiers were: Tyler Bowens (160, 2-1, second), Jake Donatelli (125, 3-1, second), Sufyan El-Geroushi (heavyweight, 2-1, second), Cameron Longwell (119, 3-1, second), Sam Valenti (103, 2-1, second) and Matthew Walker (152, 3-2, fourth).

Others competing were: Nathan Bonn (215, 0-2), Devon Booth (112, 1-2), Wesley Brown (145, 1-2), Justin Downey (140, 1-2), Forrest Farson (171, 0-2), Tyler Perkins (130, 1-2), Sam Stork (135, 0-2) and Hayden Vankirk (189, 0-2).

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

DAVIDSON

Feb. 19 -Finished first (239) in 13-team Division I sectional at Marysville ahead of runner-up Marysville (219.5).

District qualifiers were Jacob Davis (112, 4-0, first), Chase Delande (145, 3-0, first), Angelo DiSabato (119, 3-0, first), Kyle Ehrhardt (160, 3-1, third), Nolan Gill (140, 4-0, first), Trent Gill (103, 2-2, fourth), Eric Hoffman (125, 4-0, first), Marshall Knoch (215, 4-1, third), Nick Lawler (130, 2-2, fourth) and Alex Mickley (152, 4-0, first).

Others competing were: Alex Backenstoe (189, 3-3), A.J. Castle (135, 0-2) and Clay Kuszmaul (171, 3-2).

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