The Olentangy High School wrestling team didn't reach its goal of winning a third consecutive district title.

The Olentangy High School wrestling team didn't reach its goal of winning a third consecutive district title.

But the Braves came close. In their first year back in Division I after winning Division II titles the previous two seasons, Olentangy scored 116 points to finish second to Marysville (174) on Feb. 24 and 25 at Hilliard Darby.

"This is the highest we've ever finished in a Division I district tournament and this is the most district finalists (four) we've ever had," coach Matt Hammons said. "We were hoping to give Marysville a run for their money, but they wrestled a great tournament and there's no shame in finishing second behind them. I'm just real pleased with the way my guys wrestled because they have a lot of positive momentum going into the state tournament."

The top four in each weight class qualified for the state tournament, which runs Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at Ohio State. Four Braves made the cut.

Senior Trevor Fiorucci went 4-0 at 126 pounds to capture his third consecutive district title, beating Dublin Coffman's Ryan Murdock 4-1 in the final.

"Ryan and I are best friends, and I've been wrestling him since we were 6 years old," Fiorucci said. "We shook hands before the match and agreed that we'd go have dinner together afterward no matter who won. To win a district title my senior year, I couldn't ask for much more."

Fiorucci placed eighth at 103 in the Division I state tournament as a freshman, second at 103 in Division II as a sophomore and fifth at 119 last year.

He is ranked third in Brian Brakeman's High School Wrestling Forecast behind Lakewod St. Edward's Dean Heil and Austintown Fitch's John Dillon; however, Dillon was ruled ineligible to compete in the postseason.

"Dean Heil is the target right now, because I know I have to beat him to become a state champion," Fiorucci said. "I'm very big at 126, which helps a lot, because I'm much heavier than most 126-pound wrestlers after weigh-ins."

Three Braves went 3-1 and finished second - Anthony Fosco (145), Alex Steinmetz (220) and Bryan Young (heavyweight).

In the Brakeman Report, Fosco is ranked 10th at 145, Steinmetz is sixth at 220 and Young is 10th at heavyweight. In the Division II state tournament last year, Fosco (135) went 2-3 to place sixth, Young (heavyweight) went 1-2, and Stinemetz (215) went 0-2.

Two Braves finished fifth and will be state alternates - Ryan Brady, who went 4-2 at 160, and Nate Hall, who went 3-2 at 170.

Also competing for Olentangy were Andrew Torti (1-2 at 106), Adam Henderson (0-2 at 113), Ryan Lucas (1-2 at 120), Ryan Dean (0-2 at 138), Tyler Barlow (1-2 at 182), Brandon Sheppard (2-2 at 195).

"Our big four did an outstanding job of punching through to the finals," Hammons said. "I'm real proud of the way that Ryan Brady fought with everything he had to finish fifth, and Nate Hall is a name that people are going to be reading about for years to come."

•Liberty finished fourth (94) behind Marysville, Olentangy and Lancaster (114.5) and also advanced four to state, including two district champions.

Senior Roy Daniels went 4-0 at 160, beating Westerville Central's Zach Brown 3-2 in the final.

"I mixed it up and scored from every position (at district)," said Daniels, who is 48-1. "I felt like I kept myself in control in every match."

This will be the first state tournament appearance for Daniels, who competed for the Spencerport (N.Y.) High School the past three years and is ranked third at 160 in the Brakeman Report.

"The competition (in Ohio) is tougher than it was in New York," Daniels said. "Wrestlers here are gritty and ready to fight. I just need to stay focused and tough, because I don't feel like anybody is going to stop me if I wrestle well."

Sophomore Giuseppe Penzone went 4-0 at 120, defeating Coffman's Chris Mullucey 15-6 in the final.

Two Patriots went 4-1 to place third in Jake Ryan (138) and Luke Fleming (heavyweight).

Myles Robinson (195) went 4-2 to place fifth and Nick Thrasher (126) went 0-2.

"We wrestled about as well as we could wrestle here," coach Mark Marinelli said. "Giuseppe had a good tournament and his closest match was a seven-point win."

In the Brakeman Report, Penzone is ranked 12th at 120, Ryan is fourth at 138 and Fleming is fifth at heavyweight.

"We build our practice schedule to peak at the state tournament and all our kids can wrestle at a higher level there, so we'd like to have four placers," Marinelli said. "We have three guys who have a chance to win state if they wrestle their butts off. They all have room to wrestle a lot better, Jake Ryan in particular, because he's coming off what was probably his worst tournament of the year."

•Orange scored 22 points to finish 22nd at district and also failed to advance anyone to state.

Freshman Connor Borton went 4-2 and placed fifth at 113 to become a state alternate after beating Reynoldsburg's Greg Chang 5-3 in his last match.

"Connor's a stud and he wrestled well in a tough weight class," coach Brian Nicola said. "Connor beat a tough senior to place fifth and he's got big goals for next year."

Lenn's Kamba (195) went 2-2, Dan Dawson (145), Dante Ventresca (160), Ben Heilman (170), Dakota Taylor (182), Zach Hall (220) and Yun Kang (heavyweight) went 1-2, and Sam Routsong (152) went 0-2.

"Lenn's won two matches and eight of our nine guys won matches, which was good," Nicola said.