The Marysville High School wrestling team was looking to carry momentum from winning OCC-Cardinal Division and Division I sectional championships into the district tournament and beyond.

The Marysville High School wrestling team was looking to carry momentum from winning OCC-Cardinal Division and Division I sectional championships into the district tournament and beyond.

The Monarchs qualified 13 wrestlers for district, which was held Feb. 24 and 25 at Hilliard Darby, after finishing first (257 points) in a home sectional Feb. 18 ahead of runner-up Hilliard Davidson (183).

It was the Monarchs' 11th sectional title.

"Our goal was (to advance) all 14 (wrestlers to district), but we knew that was going to be a stretch," coach Shawn Andrews said. "It would have been something special, but to have 13, we're happy with that. We're just trying to build on the things we've done all year."

The top four wrestlers in each weight class at sectional advanced to district, where the top four in each weight class moved on to the state tournament Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at Ohio State.

At sectional, Marysville had five champions and four second-place finishers.

Winning titles were Alex Sepeda at 120 pounds, Austin Garza at 132, Noah Forrider at 138, Chase Boyd at 145 and Thomas Taylor at 195.

Forrider, who was 28-1 before district, defeated Northland's Anthony Alexander 13-9 in a sectional final.

Boyd defeated Davidson's Hannibal Tate 3-0 in a final. Boyd was 32-8 before district.

Taylor defeated Briggs' Wehseh Juty 18-8 in a final. Taylor was 34-5 before district.

Sepeda defeated Franklin Heights' Brad Kakos 5-3 and Garza defeated Davidson's Nick Lawler 4-3.

Finishing second were Taleb Rahmani at 106, David Sparks at 113, Tyler Miller at 152 and Kyle Thirkield at heavyweight.

Marysville's other district qualifiers were Alex Roberts at 170, Austin Pfarr at 182, Austin Rine at 220 - they each finished third - and Cody Barney at 160, who was fourth.

The only weight class in which Marysville didn't qualify a wrestler for district was 126, as Collin Smithey went 0-2.

"I thought we wrestled well," Andrews said. "There's a few matches that obviously you want to go the other way. We have 13 kids who (had) a chance to wrestle another week, so we're excited about that."

•The boys basketball team closed the regular season by losing to host Dublin Scioto 60-42 on Feb. 17.

The Monarchs were 5-15 overall before playing sixth-seeded Newark in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 25 at Jonathan Alder.

The winner plays Delaware or Olentangy in the second round Friday, March 2, at Jonathan Alder. The second-round winner plays fifth-seeded Westerville North or Franklin Heights in a semifinal March 7 at Jonathan Alder.

Marysville lost both OCC-Cardinal games against Olentangy this season, 67-47 on Dec. 9 and 61-53 in overtime on Jan. 24.

The Braves were 10-10 before playing Delaware.

Delaware was 10-10 overall and finished 7-7 in the OCC-Capital. Marysville lost to Delaware 71-54 on Dec. 2.

Marysville finished eighth in the OCC-Cardinal at 1-13, behind Olentangy Liberty (12-2), North (11-3), Westerville South (11-3), Westerville Central (7-7), Scioto (6-8), Olentangy (6-8) and Dublin Jerome (2-12).

"We left some games on the table this season due to a lack of execution," coach Ryan Grose said.

"Our kids showed up every day and gave a consistent effort and worked hard."

Against Scioto, the Monarchs trailed 42-34 after three quarters.

"We did a great job of executing our game plan to get the ball inside and that gave us great looks on the perimeter that we did not take advantage of," Grose said. "We will have a tough time winning any games going (0-for-14) from 3-point land, and it's unfortunate that we couldn't capitalize on those open looks."

•The boys and girls swimming teams closed their seasons in the Division I district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State.

The boys finished 19th (23) behind champion Upper Arlington (435) as 26 teams scored.

The girls were 19th (15) behind champion UA (522) as 27 teams scored.

Senior Quinn Mickelson led the boys by finishing 11th (55.37 seconds) in the 100-yard backstroke and 16th (22.76) in the 50 freestyle.

Mickelson, Grant Barnhorst, T.J. Borawski and Gage Bowman were 12th (1:35.02) in the 200 free relay, and Mickelson, Barnhorst, Bowman and Gavin Mickelson were 14th (1:45.78) in the 200 medley relay.

Mary Kallinicou was 10th (1:07.14) in the 100 breaststroke and 19th (25.82) in the 50 free.

"I thought the swimmers performed well at the district meet," coach Ann Rausch said. "The times this year were faster than any other year. The swimmers were focused and ready to go."