The Division I district wrestling tournament to be held Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at Hilliard Darby High School will have a local flavor.

The Division I district wrestling tournament to be held Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at Hilliard Darby High School will have a local flavor.

All three Hilliard programs will be well represented led by Bradley, which qualified nine wrestlers.

Davidson qualified eight and Darby has seven.

The top four in each weight class will advance to the state tournament March 1-3 at Ohio State.

Bradley, competing in Division I for the first time, finished second (216.5) in a 10-team sectional Feb. 18 at Watkins Memorial, behind Lancaster (220.5).

"Just based on the way our kids have prepared and competed all year long, we were optimistic about sending the majority of our kids on to the district tournament," coach John Riggs said. "The kids performed real well. Now we'll double down on our efforts at the district tournament."

The Jaguars had four sectional champions led by senior Conor Driscoll, who finished first at 145 pounds by pinning Canal Winchester's Dalton Tullius in 3 minutes, 54 seconds in a final.

Driscoll (30-8) finished eighth at 145 in the Division II state tournament last season.

"We are very excited about how we competed at sectionals," Driscoll said. "Now our focus is on working hard this week to prepare for districts."

Sam Riggs (16-4), the coach's son, finished first at 170, defeating Lancaster's R.J. Funk 4-3 in the title match.

Senior Jake Zoller (37-2) finished first at 152, defeating Watkins Memorial's Joey Cameron in the championship match. Senior Ricky McGrath (29-7) won the championship at 182 by pinning Westerville Central's Adam Lowe in 3:28.

Zoller was 0-2 at 140 at state last season.

Bradley's other district qualifiers each finished third at sectional. Those advancing were Rob McGrath (26-12) at 106, Keegan Driscoll (30-8) at 126, Austin Johnston (33-11) at 138, Jake Stratton (12-13) at 195 and Tyler Kidd (20-17) at heavyweight.

Amer Al-Mahmoud (17-16) at 113 and Devon Smith (24-14) at 220 are alternates after finishing fifth at sectional.

•Davidson (159) finished second in the 10-team Marysville sectional behind the host Monarchs (226.5).

"Marysville is solid from top to bottom," coach Dominic Di-Sabato said. "They have some guys who are just tough and gritty. They're the real deal."

The Wildcats had three champions, including senior Chase Delande at 152. He won the Division I state title last season at 145.

Delande (26-1) defeated Marysville's Tyler Miller 3-1 in a sectional final. Miller finished sixth at 152 at state last season.

Senior Jacob Davis (36-6) finished first at 113 by defeating Marysville's David Sparks in a final and senior Alex Mickley (24-2) won the title at 160 by defeating Mount Vernon's Alex Gamble 9-3 in the title match.

"They wrestled well, so we're excited," DiSabato said of the three champions. "That's what we're expecting out of those guys. Hopefully, it will continue (this) week."

Junior Lee Wilson (31-4) finished second at 126 after sustaining an injury during a final against Delaware's Seth McCurdy. Wilson, whose injury has not been disclosed, was leading 5-4 in the third period when he was forced to default the match.

DiSabato said Wilson should be able to compete at district.

Also finishing second were junior Nick Lawler (17-15) at 132, sophomore Hannibal Tate (31-6) at 145 and senior Clay Kuszmaul (31-10) at 170.

Sophomore Trent Gill (21-17) was fourth at 106.

Senior Nathan Moore (18-20) at 182 and sophomore Alex Backenstoe (29-11) at 220 are district alternates after finishing fifth.

•Darby was led at the Central Crossing sectional by champions Sam Valenti at 113 and Matt Walker at 160.

The sectional originally was scheduled to be held at Westland but was moved because of air-quality issues in the building.

The Panthers finished fifth (161) in the 10-team sectional behind champion Dublin Coffman (196.5).

"We weren't real happy," coach Brendan Moody said. "On paper going in, we were looking at nine or 10 (district qualifiers). To come out with seven is about two or three less than what we thought. I was not real happy with that."

Valenti (29-10), a junior, won his title match by forfeit after Olentangy Orange's Connor Borton was unable to compete because of a knee injury.

"We have all worked hard as a team this season to get to this point," Valenti said. "It would have been great having more qualify for district, but getting half the team there is an accomplishment. This week our goals are to continue to focus, work hard every day and qualify as many as we can for the state tournament."

Walker (31-9), a junior, pinned Coffman's Tyler McCourt in 3:20 in a final.

Senior Tyler Bowens (37-5), who was 0-2 at 160 at state last season, reached the final at 170 and was pinned by Central Crossing's Vince Pickett in 3:29.

Darby's other district qualifiers are junior Jake Donatelli (32-6) at 126, sophomore Sean Black (18-9) at 132, freshman Chad Miller (13-19) at 220 and freshman Robert Valenti (19-12) at 106.

Sophomore Trevor Parker (22-16) is a district alternate at 182 after finishing fifth at sectional.

"The seven qualifiers that we do have are gearing up, they're culminating for a good run, so we can't be too hung up with our sectional performance," Moody said. "We have solid draws, something to work with and something to set our eyes on."