Brandon Martyn of the Reynoldsburg High School wrestling team had his prep career reach a high point last Saturday in the Division I sectional at Pickerington Central, as he won the title at 171 pounds.

Brandon Martyn of the Reynoldsburg High School wrestling team had his prep career reach a high point last Saturday in the Division I sectional at Pickerington Central, as he won the title at 171 pounds.

His performance earned him a trip to the district tournament on Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby.

Martyn was one of four district qualifiers for the Raiders.

The top four placers in each weight class at sectional advanced to district.

"This is huge for me because I've never really won a tournament before," said Martyn, whose team finished fifth (129.5 points) in the sectional behind Olentangy Liberty (260), Mount Vernon (194), St. Charles (150.5) and Marion-Franklin (130). "I've gotten second a few times, but I've never really taken gold."

Martyn defeated Liberty's Joe Archer 6-1 in the championship. Martyn said he lost to Archer in the Marion Elgin Invitational on Jan 16 by a wide margin and that his win last Saturday was evidence he was peaking.

He'll need all he can muster at district as he is in a weight class that is considered one of the most competitive in the central Ohio. Among those competing at 171 are Westerville North's Josh Demas, who won the state title last year at 152 and is 39-1 this season, Groveport's Kwan Bailey, who is 29-2, Pickerington North's Matt Ferguson, who is 30-4, and Springboro's Tyler Ramsey, who is 36-2. Bailey and Ferguson were state qualifiers last year.

The top four placers in each weight class advance to the state meet, which will be March 4-6 at Ohio State.

Martyn, who is 19-4, is approaching district as though he has nothing to lose. He opens against Grove City's Robert Coles, who is 23-14.

"They have everything to lose," Martyn said of his competition. "I'm the underdog. No one's really expecting me to go out there and advance."

Joining Martyn at district are Zach Hartsell (145), Jordan Marrero (heavyweight) and Alexander Straughter (103). Those three were sectional runners-up and each is seeking his first trip to state.

Hartsell, who is 28-11, opens against Marysville's Zev Green, who is 25-9. Marrero, who is 33-3, opens against Dublin Scioto's Matt Travis, who is 23-16. Straughter, who is 24-16, opens against Beavercreek's Ludwig David, who is 12-17.

Because of flu-like symptoms, Marrero pulled out of the sectional final against Thomas Worthington's Kosta Karageorge.

Straughter defeated Logan's Josh Vanbibber, the sectional's second seed, 10-3 in a semifinal match.

"With the four that got out, I anticipated those guys getting to finals," coach Jared Ball said. "I can't say there isn't one kid that's not giving 110 percent, and I think a lot of them did a lot better than I expected."

Reynoldsburg was fourth at district last season with 86 points behind champion Hilliard Davidson (119.5).

Also in the sectional, Brad Syfers (140) and Dalton Hoover (160) placed fifth and Will Boykin (119) and Jordan Reed (189) finished sixth.

Syfers and Hoover are district alternates.