Chase Delande of the Hilliard Davidson High School wrestling team appears to be on a mission.

Chase Delande of the Hilliard Davidson High School wrestling team appears to be on a mission.

The senior continued his pursuit of a second consecutive Division I state championship by winning the title at 152 pounds in the district tournament held Feb. 24 and 25 at Darby.

Delande defeated Marysville's Tyler Miller 4-2 in the title match, marking his second win over Miller in as many weeks. Delande won 3-1 in the sectional final on Feb. 18 at Marysville.

"Winning the district title is nice, but it's not really anything," Delande said. "It's all about state."

"All respect and credit due to Miller, but Chase steps up in big matches," coach Dominic DiSabato said. "He may not have looked the best earlier (Feb. 25), but he's a gamer and he steps up when it matters."

Delande improved to 30-1 and will face Sidney's Derek Spangler (21-7) in the first round of the state tournament, which runs Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at Ohio State.

Delande, who won the state title at 145 last season, is ranked second in Brian Brakeman's High School Wrestling Forecast behind Massillon Perry's Zach Dailey (39-2). Dailey handed Delande his lone loss this season, 4-0 in the Rieman Invitational at Delaware on Jan. 28.

The pair could meet in the state final.

Spangler is seventh in the Brakeman report.

"It gives me confidence," Delande said of his success at state last season. "I have to come out and wrestle even tougher than I did last year just so I can do it again. You have to take it one match at a time."

Also qualifying for state were seniors Jacob Davis (113) and Clay Kuszmaul (170) and junior Lee Wilson (126).

Davis (39-7) finished second at district, losing to Lancaster's Jacob Spearman 11-0 in the final. He will face North Canton Hoover's Andy Fausnight (32-12) in the first round at state.

Wilson (35-5) placed third at district after defeating Delaware's Seth McCurdy 1-0 in the third-place match. He will face Kettering Fairmont's Justin Kihn (31-7) in the first round at state.

Kuszmaul (33-12) finished fourth at district after being pinned by Darby's Tyler Bowens in 4 minutes, 37 seconds in the third-place match. He is paired with Mayfield Village Mayfield's Connor Murray (42-5) in the opening round at state.

Also competing at district were Trent Gill at 106 (0-2), Nick Lawler at 132 (2-2), Hannibal Tate at 145 (0-2) and Alex Mickley at 160 (2-3). The top four finishers in each weight class at district advanced to state.

Davidson scored 84.5 points at district to finish sixth (84.5) behind champion Marysville (174) as 37 teams scored.

•Competing for the first time in Division I, Bradley had two wrestlers qualify for state in seniors Jake Zoller (152) and Ricky McGrath (182).

Zoller (42-3) finished third at district, defeating Mount Vernon's Lucas Staten 9-2 in the third-place match. He will face Middletown's Jacob Globke (30-5) in the first round at state.

Last season in Division II, Zoller went 0-2 at 140 at state.

McGrath (32-9) finished fourth, losing to Marysville's Austin Pfarr 7-4 in the third-place match. He will face Lakewood St. Edward's Domenic Abounader (32-1) in the first round at state.

Abounader, who won the state title at 160 last year, is the projected champion at 182 in the Brakeman report. McGrath is ranked 23rd.

"We're thrilled for the kids moving on," coach John Riggs said. "It's always sad regardless if it's the state tournament, district tournament, sectional tournament when seasons comes to an end, particularly for seniors. Obviously, we feel for those kids, but we're very proud of everybody's effort in the way we prepared and the way we competed. Our kids have done it the right way."

Also competing at district were Rob McGrath at 106 (2-2), Keegan Driscoll at 126 (3-3), Austin Johnston at 138 (2-2), Conor Driscoll at 145 (2-3), Sam Riggs at 170 (1-2), Jake Stratton at 195 (0-2) and Tyler Kidd at heavyweight (1-2).

"Our kids and coaches who came over from Darby are very accustomed to Division I wrestling and most of our schedule has been Division I wrestling," coach Riggs said. "We're very familiar and comfortable with this environment."

Bradley scored 63 points at district to finish 12th.

•After losing his first-round district match at 182, Darby senior Tyler Bowens battled back to finish third to earn his third state berth.

Bowens (42-6) lost to Dublin Scioto's Brian Fox 14-8 in the opening round but won his next five matches, capped by the pin of Kuszmaul in the third-place match. He will face Cuyahoga Falls' Joe Repasky (25-13) in the first-round at state.

"Losing my first match was not what I had planned, but nothing was going to keep me from going to states, so I gave it everything I had and won the next five matches to qualify," Bowens said.

Bowens, who is ranked ninth in the Brakeman report, went 0-2 at state last year at 160.

"We felt good whether (Tyler) won or lost that (first-round) match coming back through," coach Brendan Moody said. "He did the same thing last year. He lost in the first round and came back all the way through. He's a pretty resilient kid and he let his mind stay out of his own way and fought hard all day."

Also qualifying for state were juniors Sam Valenti (113) and Matt Walker (160).

Valenti (33-11) finished third, defeating Marysville's David Sparks 14-8 in the third-place match. He will face North Royalton's Dan Bartinelli (34-10) in the first round at state.

Walker (35-10) also finished third, defeating Lancaster's Ethan Bond 9-2 in the third-place match. He will open state against Solon's Justin Kresevic (39-6).

Also competing at district were Robert Valenti at 106 (0-2), Jake Donatelli at 126 (4-2), Sean Black at 132 (2-2) and Chad Miller at 220 (0-2).

Darby scored 73 points at district to finish eighth (73).