Wrestlers turn focus to sectional
After reaching the quarterfinal round of the Division I state team tournament, the Marysville High School wrestling team turned its focus to getting individuals to state.
The state tournament for individuals will be held Feb. 28-March 2 at Ohio State's Value City Arena.
In the inaugural dual-format team tournament, the seventh-seeded Monarchs lost to second-seeded Massillon Perry 49-24 on Feb. 9 at Ohio State's St. John Arena.
"It's all about wrestling the best competition," coach Shawn Andrews said. "It didn't turn out the way we liked. We had a couple guys missing, but at the end of the day we turn our focus towards the sectional and district tournaments."
Perry advanced to the final and lost 28-21 to Lakewood St. Edward, which has won 27 state titles, including 15 of the last 16. Perry has eight state runner-up finishes.
Marysville played host Feb. 16 to a Division I sectional, and the top four finishers in each weight class advanced to the district tournament Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, at Hilliard Darby.
The top four in each weight class at district advance to state.
Last season, Marysville (174 points) won its fourth district title, finishing ahead of runner-up Olentangy (116) at Darby as 37 teams scored.
Against Perry, Marysville fell behind early.
David Sparks got Marysville on the scoreboard when he pinned Austin Phillips in 3 minutes, 36 seconds at 126 pounds. That pulled the Monarchs within 18-6.
Trailing 23-6, Noah Forrider pinned Justin Burns in 2:45 at 145, closing the Monarchs within 23-12. But that would be the closest Marysville would get.
Chase Boyd pinned Brady Durieux in 2:30 at 182 and Austin Pfarr won by forfeit at 195 for Marysville's other points.
"It's great to be able to wrestle in the state (team) tournament the first year that they've had it," Andrews said. "It's good for our kids to represent our school, but now it's time to focus on individuals."
Marysville went 7-0 in the OCC-Central Division to win the league title ahead of Thomas Worthington (6-1), Hilliard Davidson (5-2), Olentangy Liberty (3-4), Upper Arlington (3-4), Central Crossing (2-5), Dublin Coffman (2-5) and Westland (0-7).
Boys basketball team to play New Albany
The boys basketball team is seeded 34th in the Division I district tournament and will play at fourth-seeded New Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The winner will play Mount Vernon in the second round Feb. 27.
New Albany was 20-1 overall and 13-0 in the OCC-Capital before playing Mount Vernon on Feb. 15.
The Eagles are led by 6-foot-2 senior guard Jalen Rhea, an American University signee who was averaging 18.9 points before Feb. 15.
Other key players are 6-8 senior guard Jack Serbin (10.2 points per game), 6-2 senior guard/forward Devon Pitts (9.2) and 6-4 junior guard Avery Schneider (7.2).
"You have to perform well during the regular season to get a good seed and with the amount of good teams in our district, we knew we were going to be towards the bottom," coach Ryan Grose said. "But we have a good opportunity to play a good team in New Albany and we're looking forward to the challenge."
Through 20 games, guard Logan Roston was averaging a team-best 13 points followed by forward Steven Romesburg (12.5) and guard Kody Davisson (9.9).
The Monarchs ended a seven-game losing streak by defeating Central Crossing 71-33 on Feb. 8 as Romesburg scored 15 points and Roston scored 10.
Marysville also defeated Worthington Christian 65-51 on Feb. 12 as Romesburg scored 20 points, Roston scored 13 and center Drew Mellen scored 10.
"You can always use a win," Grose said. "We definitely took advantage of our scheduling the last two games (before Feb. 15) and we came out and played well."
Swimmers compete in district meet
The swimming teams played host to a sectional meet Feb. 9 at the Union County YMCA.
The boys finished eighth (43) behind champion Dublin Coffman (230) as 10 teams scored.
Braxton Cruea, Ryan Groehl, Trevor Murray and Nathan Wasik were seventh in the 200-yard medley relay (1:54.29) and were seeded 22nd at district Feb. 16 at Ohio State.
Also competing at district were the 400 freestyle relay (3:50.32, 22nd seed) and 200 free relay (1:42.02, 24th), along with Murray in the 100 backstroke (1:02.7, 30th).
The girls finished ninth (30) at sectional behind champion Liberty (248) as nine teams scored.
Morgan DeWitt was ninth in the 100 butterfly (1:04.03) and was seeded 25th at district, where she was joined by the 400 free (4:18.7, 22nd) and 200 medley (2:10.09, 25th) relays.
The winner of each sectional event qualified for district. In addition, 27 at-large district berths were awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers did not compete until district.
The top two placers in each swimming event at district automatically advanced to the state meet Thursday, Feb. 21, through Saturday, Feb. 23, at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide. The top three boys divers and top four girls divers at district advanced to state.
Girls basketball team goes winless in league
The girls basketball team closed the regular season by losing to league-foe Central Crossing 51-47 on Feb. 8 and Shekinah Christian 59-45 on Feb. 12.
Against Central Crossing, forward Hannah Long scored 16 points and post player Katy Turner scored 13.
The Monarchs finished 0-14 in the OCC-Central.
Against Shekinah Christian, Long scored 11 points.
Marysville was 5-17 overall before playing Coffman in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 16.
The winner advanced to play Watterson or Westland in the second round Wednesday, Feb. 20.