Competing in the first Division I state team tournament, the Marysville High School wrestling team won the Region 5 title by defeating Hilliard Darby 49-22 on Feb. 6 at home.
The Monarchs, who advanced to compete in state dual matches Feb. 9 at Ohio State's St. John Arena, are looking to duplicate their team postseason success in the Division I sectional tournament for individuals Saturday, Feb. 16, at home.
"When they came out with this (state team) tournament we were excited about it. We said that was something we would look forward to," coach Shawn Andrews said of winning a regional title.
The Monarchs also defeated host Olentangy Liberty 37-29 on Feb. 7 to clinch the OCC-Central Division title. Marysville finished 7-0 in the league and Thomas Worthington finished second at 6-1.
Marysville was seeded seventh of eight teams in the state duals and opened against second-seeded Massillon Perry in a state quarterfinal.
Other teams in Marysville's sectional will be Briggs, Dublin Jerome, Franklin Heights, Lancaster, Gahanna, Northland, Columbus West, Westerville North and Whetstone. The top four individuals in each weight class will advance to district Feb. 22 and 23 at Darby.
Marysville is seeded first in the district.
Last season, Marysville finished first (257 points) in the 10-team sectional at home ahead of second-place Hilliard Davidson (183).
Against Darby, the Monarchs opened a 33-10 lead and then withstood a Panthers' rally.
After Darby closed to within 33-22, Austin Pfarr defeated Travis Parker 13-0 at 195 pounds, Morgan Miller pinned Alex Martin in 3 minutes, 38 seconds at 220 and Darius Walker pinned Chad Miller in 3:32 at heavyweight.
"We knew we had some young guys in the lineup in the middle," Andrews said. "We're just trying to count on our guys who have been here for a while. A lot of our upperclassmen were able to step up and get some pins and finish strong at the end."
Marysville trailed only once, at 4-3, before Taleb Rahmani gave the Monarchs the lead for good with a 12-4 win over Sam Valenti at 120.
Other winners for the Monarchs were Jacob Thornton at 106 (7-3), David Sparks at 126 (10-0), Alex Sepeda at 132 (2:20), Collin Smithey at 138 (55 seconds), Noah Forrider at 138 (46 seconds) and Chase Boyd at 160 (16-5).
Boyd, a senior, earned his 100th career win during a quad match Feb. 2 at Lakewood St. Edward. The Monarchs defeated Steubenville 51-28, but lost to St. Edward 51-18 and Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy 61-9.
"This is all a progression. It's all trying to get the best competition so when you're wrestling an elimination-type thing, you're wrestling a better team each week and that helps you get ready for the end of the year," Andrews said.
Boys basketball team to face Davidson
The boys basketball team played Central Crossing on Feb. 8 looking to end a seven-game losing streak.
The Monarchs will visit Worthington Christian on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and Davidson on Friday, Feb. 15. Before playing Central Crossing, Marysville's previous win was a 62-52 victory over Davidson on Jan. 11.
The Monarchs lost to Thomas 52-49 on Feb. 1 and Upper Arlington 58-47 on Feb. 5 in OCC-Central games.
Against Thomas, guards Kody Davisson and Logan Roston each scored 11 points.
Against UA, guard Kyle Hites scored 11 points and Davisson scored 10.
"We competed extremely hard at Thomas Worthington and gave ourselves a chance to win in the end," coach Ryan Grose said.
"We fought extreme-ly hard on the defensive end. We did not do a good job on the defensive end at Upper Arlington. They are extremely disciplined and set a lot of screens, and we lost too many guys in the mix for easy baskets."
Girls basketball team to visit Coffman
The girls basketball team will play at Dublin Coffman in the first round of the Division I district tournament Saturday, Feb. 16.
Coffman is seeded fourth and Marysville is 35th.
The Shamrocks defeated the Monarchs 55-40 on Dec. 14 and 54-44 on Jan. 25 in OCC-Central games.
"Coffman was the best choice for us," coach Aric Tucker said. "While they are the No. 4 seed, and I voted them to be that high, the other options for games (Reynoldsburg, Gahanna, Olentangy Orange and Pickerington North) were not appealing to us. We have a familiarity with Coffman. I think we match up fairly well athletically with them."
Marysville lost to Thomas 47-36 on Feb. 1 and UA 43-24 on Feb. 5. Against Thomas, guard Kayla Ogan scored 10 points. Against UA, post player Katy Turner scored 11 points.
Swimming teams compete at sectional
The swimming and diving teams competed Feb. 9 in a Division I sectional meet at the Union County YMCA.
The winner of each event qualified for the district meet Saturday, Feb. 16, at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths were awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until district.
At district, the top two placers in each swimming event automatically advance to the state meet Feb. 21-23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide.
The top three boys divers and top four girls divers at district advance to state.