The Marysville High School wrestling team came up just short of winning the Division I sectional Feb. 21 at Westland, scoring 199.5 points to finish second to Hilliard Davidson (203.4).

The Marysville High School wrestling team came up just short of winning the Division I sectional Feb. 21 at Westland, scoring 199.5 points to finish second to Hilliard Davidson (203.4).

"In a lot of ways our team was disappointed in our second-place finish," coach Shawn Andrews said. "We have a couple individuals who could still be wrestling this week.

"However, that is the nature of athletics. It is not measured in potential, it is measure in what you do that day. We had quite a few guys who wrestled well (at the sectional)."

Eight Monarchs qualified to district last Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby. The top four in each weight class there advanced to the state tournament Thursday through Saturday at Ohio State.

Marysville had four sectional champions in Jake McCombs (125 pounds), Tyler Bass (145), Caleb Marsh (160) and Nathan Weeks (215). Tyler Wirtz (140) lost his championship match to Reynoldsburg's Tommy Sasfy 18-7.

Zev Green (130) and Brian O'Connors (152) were third and Nick Sparks (112) was fourth.

Wirtz qualified to district for the fourth time, with Marsh and McCombs making their third trips.

Entering district, Marsh was 39-0, followed by McCombs (44-1), Weeks (30-1), Bass (23-5), Green (23-9), Wirtz (34-11), O'Connors (16-10) and Sparks (17-14).

Marysville improved its sectional finish three spots from last season when it was fifth (146) behind champion Olentangy (203). Marysville had seven district-qualifiers.

Marysville won the OCC-Cardinal Division tournament Jan. 31, was third in the final Division I area poll behind Teays Valley and Central Crossing and was 10th in the final state poll.

"As a team, we have certain benchmarks we are trying to measure," Andrews said. "In the end, it was mostly about building for the postseason."

•The season ended for the boys and girls swimming teams Feb. 21 at the Division I district meet at Ohio State. For the ninth year in a row, Marysville had no state qualifiers.

The boys team was a program-best 10th (74) at district behind champion St. Charles (496) and the girls team was 16th (38) behind champion Upper Arlington (604).

Individually for the boys team, Ian Mickelson was eight in the 500-yard freestyle (4 minutes, 59.25 seconds), Colin Mickelson was eighth in the 50 free (22.27) and the 200 free relay of Quinn, Colin and Ian Mickelson and Grant Barnhorst was seventh (1:32.85). "We've only had two athletes before reach the podium in program's history," coach Ann Rausch said.

For the girls team, Katie Helfrich had the best finish as she was ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.05).

"We couldn't have been more proud of the way these kids represented Marysville," Rausch said. "With the way they were practicing, we knew that they were going to swim well, but they far exceeded our expectations. They set school records in 10 of the 18 events they were in and narrowly missed in three others. They weren't just shaving a few tenths off the records, they were taking seconds off the records."