Central, North place second at sectionals
Sophomores Tyler McCafferty and Nick Notestine won the 138- and 152-pound championships, respectively, and the Pickerington High School North wrestling team finished second in its home Division I sectional Feb. 16.
McCafferty defeated Mount Vernon's Caleb Warren 6-3 in a final, and Notestine pinned Olentangy Liberty's Andrew Eschleman in 2 minutes, 44 seconds in their final to power North to 202 points in the 10-team tournament, which Hilliard Darby (212.5) won.
Senior Payton Gutierrez (106) and juniors George Dial (170) and Geno Rollo (heavyweight) earned second-place finishes. Senior Jake Snyder (132) and junior Wyatt Starkey (182) were third, and North got fourth-place finishes from sophomore Matt Myers (113) and senior Josh Snyder (120).
The top four finishers in each weight class from each of the four sectionals advanced to the district tournament Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, at Darby.
The top four in each weight at district advance to state Feb. 28 through March 2 at Ohio State.
Also competing but failing to advance for the Panthers were junior Jared Ferguson (126, sixth, 1-3), sophomore Jeremy Mann (145, fifth, 3-2), junior Ryan Ward (160, fifth, 2-2), freshman Juan Cervantes (195, sixth, 0-3) and senior Nick Mitchell (220, sixth, 0-3).
In a 10-team sectional at Watkins Memorial, Pickerington Central senior Ason Sunkle won the 170 championship and the Tigers placed second (200.5) behind champion Hilliard Bradley (205).
Sunkle pinned Bradley's Jake Stratton in 2:18 in a final as all but one Tiger advanced to district.
Central got runner-up finishes from juniors Tyler Hogue (126) and Aaron Yarger (152) and senior A.J. Bondurant (160), a third from freshman Joseph Terry (120) and fourth-place finishes from sophomores Devin Johnson (106), Ryan McElwee (113), Dalton Dunnette (138) and Arron Morefield (heavyweight) and juniors Jordan Pieczynski (145), Dylan McDowell (182) and Jordan Maynard (195).
Also competing but failing to advance was junior Jonathan Taranto (132, 0-2).