Columbus Academy senior Dan Leathery would like to leave his mark on the wrestling program by qualifying for state.

Columbus Academy senior Dan Leathery would like to leave his mark on the wrestling program by qualifying for state.

He went 4-0 in a Division III sectional tournament Feb. 17 and 18 at Madison Plains to win the title at 138 pounds and advance to district, which will be held Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at Heath.

The top four in each class advance to the state tournament March 1-3 at Ohio State.

"I'm hoping to advance and move on to the state tournament," Leathery said. "This would mean a lot to me because it's my last shot and it's what I always wanted to accomplish. We have pictures of all the state qualifiers on our wall in our practice room. Since seventh grade, I always looked at that and wanted to get my face on that wall."

Leathery (30-10) will face Chillicothe Zane Trace's Ryan Speakman (13-7) in the first round at district.

"If Dan stays on the present track he's on, I think he's going to make it," coach Paul Bukky said of Leathery earning his first state tournament berth. "He has a good draw."

Leathery earned his sectional title with a 7-6 win over Madison Plains' Jake Datz, avenging an 11-6 loss to Datz on Dec. 10.

Leathery will be joined at district by his brother, Tim Leathery, at 120 and Dan Jones at 182. Both are freshmen.

At sectional, Jones (27-9) was third at 182 and Tim Leathery (24-17) was fourth at 120.

Johnston Allinder was fifth at 160 and is a district alternate.

Academy finished eighth (69) in the 14-team sectional behind champion Amanda-Clearcreek (237).

•The boys and girls swimming teams will be well represented in the Division II state meet Thursday, Feb. 23, and Friday, Feb. 24, at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

For the boys team, senior Conrad Wuorinen is seeded fourth in the 200-yard freestyle after setting a meet record by winning the event in 1 minute, 42.89 seconds at district Feb. 17 at Ohio State.

"I was a little confident with that," Wuorinen said. "Hopefully, we can make it a little faster at state."

Wuorinen is seeded sixth in the 100 butterfly after finishing second (51.62) at district.

Will Westwater is seeded seventh in the 50 free after finishing second (21.74) and eighth in the 100 backstroke after placing second (53.55) at district.

Wuorinen, Westwater, Mitchell Dreisbach and Alec Wuorinen are seeded 14th at state in the 200 free relay after finishing second (1:30.91) at district. Conrad Wuorinen, Westwater, Matt Turney and Andy Li are seeded 14th at state in the 400 free relay after placing second (3:20.66) at district.

"This was a great day for Academy swimming," Conrad Wuorinen said. "We came into this season expecting maybe one or two boys making it to states. Looks like we're sending two full relays and then some other boys, so it's going to be great. We have a good contingent."

Senior Sarah Wilson will be making her fourth state appearance and will be joined by her sister, Abby, a freshman.

"I'm loving this. I'm loving every moment," Abby Wilson said. "Being able to be on the same team as my sister and enjoying this last season before she heads off to college, it means a lot and it's nice."

Sarah Wilson, Abby Wilson, Anya Kone' and Abby Brown won the 200 medley relay (1:48.37) at district and are seeded fourth at state.

Sarah Wilson, Abby Wilson, Kone' and India Sherman finished third (1:39.20) at district in the 200 free relay and are seeded eighth at state.

Sarah Wilson is seeded ninth in the 500 free after finishing third (5:08.57) and 10th in the 200 free after placing second (1:55.58) at district.

Abby Wilson is seeded seventh in the 100 back after placing third (58.44) and ninth in the 200 individual medley after finishing second (2:09.17) at district.

Kone' is seeded 15th in the 50 free after placing fifth (24.68) at district.

Brown is seeded eighth in the 100 fly after finishing third (57.64), Sherman is seeded 24th in the 100 breaststroke after finishing third (1:09.72) and Annie Lee is 24th in the 100 fly after finishing fifth (1:00.49) at district.

"We've set ourselves up really well, especially in those relays," Sarah Wilson said. "I think we're going to come back (this week) and swim even better."

At district, the girls team finished third (278) behind champion Granville (475) and the boys team was fourth (159) behind champion Granville (325).

Craig Yakscoe was named boys Coach of the Year in the district.

•The boys basketball earned a share of the MSL-Ohio Division title with a 79-54 win Feb. 17 over Bexley. Jacob Mikalov led the Vikings with 31 points.

Academy secured the tie with Newark Catholic at 12-2 when the Green Wave lost to Licking Valley 60-40 on Feb. 17.

The Vikings are seeded second for the Division III district tournament and played Cardington in the first round Feb. 22.

The winner will play 21st-seeded Berne Union in the second round Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Central Crossing.

Berne Union is 7-13 overall and finished 3-11 in the MSL-Cardinal.

•Freshman Max Smith and senior Sarah Kerr earned the bowling program's first district tournament berths, qualifying from sectionals held at Columbus Western Bowl.

Smith finished 14th overall with a 589 series in the boys sectional Feb. 17.

"I was awfully surprised when I found out," Smith said of qualifying for district. "I just really focused and concentrated, and my teammates supported me all the way."

Kerr finished 25th overall with a 459 series in the girls sectional Feb. 18.

Kerr will compete Friday, Feb. 24, and Smith will compete Saturday, Feb. 25, both at HP Lanes. The top three individuals not on a qualifying team from both the boys and girls district tournaments will advance to the state tournament at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. The boys will compete March 2 and the girls will compete March 3.

"This isn't a huge surprise because we have several bowlers who are good enough to make it," coach Dan Olexio said. "It's just that it's a challenge to put three games together back-to-back-to-back and with only having one division in the state, the competition is really strong."