Pickerington Times-Sun


North, Central sending contingent to district


The Pickerington High School Central and North wrestling teams each recorded second-place finishes in Division I sectional tournaments Feb. 15 and advanced the majority of their lineups to district Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, at Hilliard Darby.

Ten Panthers finished in the top four of their respective weight classes at Watkins Memorial to advance, and nine Tigers qualified out from their home sectional.

At Watkins Memorial, championships from Jared Ferguson (132 pounds), Nick Notestine (152) and Wyatt Starkey (195) led North to 213.5 points as Delaware (248.5) won in an 11-team field.

Ferguson defeated Watkins Memorial's Andrew Lieb 8-3 in his final. Notestine pinned Lancaster's Jimmy Thompson in 2 minutes, 31 seconds in their championship match, and Starkey won his final by default against Delaware's Colton Richard.

Bradley Collins was second at 126 and Geno Rollo was runner-up at heavyweight for the Panthers. Andrew Hassel (113), Tyler McCafferty (160) and George Dial (170) earned third-place finishes, and Cody Notestine (145) and Ryan Ward (182) placed fourth.

Also competing but failing to advance were Jaylen Falls (220, fifth, 2-2), Connor Korban (120, sixth, 1-3) and Will Mason (138, 0-2).

At Central, the Tigers had three champions and five runners-up to amass 204.5 points as Teays Valley (229) won in an 11-team field.

Champions for the Tigers were Tyler Hogue (126), who edged Teays Valley's Kyle Dooley 5-3 in overtime of their final; Aaron Yarger (152), who won by pinning Westerville South's Caleb Llaneza in 52 seconds; and Dylan McDowell (170), who pinned Logan's Bryce McBride in 1:13.

Vu Nguyen (106), Devin Johnson (113), Ryan McElwee (120), Joseph Terry (132) and Jordan Pieczynski (152) all placed second. Arron Morefield was fourth at heavyweight.

Also competing but failing to advance were Dalton Dunnette (138, fifth, 2-2), Jordan Maynard (220, fifth, 1-2), Darius Pearson (160, 0-2), Billy Edmunds (182, 0-2) and John Beaver (195, 0-2).

From district, the top four finishers in each weight class advance to the state tournament Feb. 27-March 1 at Ohio State.