With blood still on the inside of his lips, Louis Ford of the Brookhaven High School wrestling team got a big hug from his coaches and a few pats on the back from schoolmates after qualifying for the Division I district tournament last Saturday.

With blood still on the inside of his lips, Louis Ford of the Brookhaven High School wrestling team got a big hug from his coaches and a few pats on the back from schoolmates after qualifying for the Division I district tournament last Saturday.

The pain he was feeling after getting hit in the mouth during a 9-4 win over Grove City's Robb Werner in a district-qualifying match at the sectional at Watkins Memorial easily was overshadowed by his surprising accomplishment.

After finishing second at 171 pounds in the City League tournament Feb. 14 at Centennial, Ford moved up to 189 for the sectional and finished fourth. Ford, who weighed about 175 as of last Saturday, will be the Bearcats' lone representative at district Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby.

"I bumped up a weight this week," Ford said. "With guys at 189, you can shoot on them and they react a little slower than me. I'm just glad I made it."

Ford, who lost to Pickerington Central's Wuan Tatum by pin (2 minutes, 29 seconds) in the match for third place, will face Lebanon's Tyler Adams in his opening district match.

Ford, who began wrestling as a freshman after moving to Columbus from Flint, Mich., was motivated by last season when he failed to make weight at 171 by 0.2 pounds.

Coach Steve Ayers decided in the days leading to the sectional to move Ford up because of the quality of competition at 171 at Watkins Memorial. Three of the top four, including champion Mark Sabo of Olentangy, were among the top 29 listed at 171 in Brian Brakeman's High School Wrestling Forecast published Jan. 27.

"Central Ohio in that weight class is stacked," Ayers said. "It's a big accomplishment for him. We haven't been to state since (2003 graduate Curtis McGhee), but I tell them that anybody can make it on any given day."

Finishing fifth and listed as district alternates were Tien Trinh (125) and DeCorey Evans (heavyweight).

Ford improved to 28-8 by going 3-2 last Saturday. Trinh also went 3-2 and finished 31-14 on the season. Evans was 2-2 and finished 18-8.

Others winning one sectional match included Devin Robinson (152, 18-14), Tavonte Burney (160, 20-17) and William Moore (215, 29-14) as Brookhaven scored 49.5 points to place 10th.

"(Evans) got called for a stalling call (in a loss to Westerville Central's Pat McNabb in the district qualifier), and stalling is always a questionable call," Ayers said. "Nine times out of 10 I'm going to blame the kid who's been stalling. He's an undersized heavyweight who made a bad decision by going on top when he was down by three (points), and he ended up getting pinned (in 2:48). Trinh just came up a little bit short. He's been like that all year long. He's been in a lot of closes matches."

•The boys basketball team opened the Division I district tournament last Tuesday against Groveport, with the winner to play Friday against fifth-seeded Dublin Coffman or 33rd-seeded Pickerington North at Worthington Christian. The Bearcats are seeded 15th.

The last meeting between Brookhaven and Coffman came in a district final in 2006, with the Bearcats winning 54-49. The Shamrocks won the OCC-Central Division and were 17-3 before playing North.

The Panthers were 6-14 overall before facing Coffman. Brookhaven beat the Panthers 59-44 in the first round of the district tournament in 2006.

•The girls basketball team played Logan in the second round of the Division I district tournament last Wednesday, with the winner to play Monday at Olentangy Orange against fifth-seeded Pickerington Central or 24th-seeded Mount Vernon. Brookhaven is seeded 12th.

Central, which was 16-5 before playing the Yellow Jackets, beat the Bearcats 58-51 in a district semifinal last year.

Mount Vernon was 11-10 before playing the Tigers.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Brookhaven boys basketball, girls basketball, boys and girls bowling and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Feb. 17 -- Lost to Marion-Franklin 72-68

Feb. 18 -- Lost to Dublin Scioto 56-40

Last Tuesday -- Played Groveport in first round of Division I district tournament. The winner will play in the second round at 8 p.m. Friday at Worthington Christian against fifth-seeded Dublin Coffman or Pickerington North, with the winner of that advancing to a district semifinal March 7 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum against Beechcroft, Hilliard Darby or Logan.

Of note: The Bearcats were 11-9 before last Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Last Wednesday -- Played Logan in second round of Division I district tournament. The winner will play in a district semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Olentangy Orange against fifth-seeded Pickerington Central or Mount Vernon. The district final is March 7 at Orange. Brookhaven is seeded 12th.

Of note: The Bearcats were 15-5 before last Wednesday.

BOWLING

Saturday -- At district at HP Lanes. Evan Marshall of the boys team and Christina Buhrts of the girls team qualified. The top three boys and top two girls not on qualifying teams advance individually to the state tournament March 6 (girls) and 7 (boys) at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster.

WRESTLING

Last Saturday -- Finished 10th (49.5) in 13-team Division I sectional at Watkins Memorial behind champion Teays Valley (257.5). Louis Ford (189) finished fourth and Tien Trinh (125) and DeCorey Evans (heavyweight) were fifth.

Friday-Saturday -- At district at Hilliard Darby. Ford (28-8) will face Lebanon's Tyler Adams (21-11) in his first match. The top four at each weight advance to state March 5-7 at Ohio State.