Westerville Central High School sophomore wrestler Zach Brown vividly recalls the disappointment of last year after failing to qualify for the Division I district tournament.

Westerville Central High School sophomore wrestler Zach Brown vividly recalls the disappointment of last year after failing to qualify for the Division I district tournament.

That's why his title at 160 pounds at the Westland sectional last Saturday and No. 1 seed at this weekend's district tournament are even more special.

Brown is one of two Warhawks to advance to district. Teammate Kyle Winston is seeded fourth at 140.

The district tournament is Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby, with the top four competitors in each weight class advancing to the state tournament March 4-6 at Ohio State.

Central finished ninth (48) at sectional behind first-place Pickerington North (224.5).

Brown (40-4) needed overtime to defeat top-seeded Troy Bowens of Hilliard Darby in the final.

"Last year I didn't wrestle to my full potential and in the offseason I've just been working harder and harder," Brown said. "I've been working for an entire year for this moment and to get to state. My goal is to get to state and place."

Brown opens district action against Upper Arlington's Michael Kilstrom (17-11).

"This is what he has worked for," coach Bob Fresch said.

"This has been the goal and this is just one of many. That's not the main one for him, but it's a step in the right direction."

Winston (20-24) will wrestle top-seeded Randy Languis (42-4) of Dublin Scioto in the opening round.

Central's Pat McNabb is a district alternate at heavyweight after placing fifth at sectional.

D'Ron Goosby was sixth at 103.

•Led by three-time state qualifier and defending state champion Josh Demas, North will be busy at district.

The Warriors qualified seven wrestlers for the tournament after placing fourth (167.5) at the Watkins Memorial sectional.

Marysville finished first (243).

"We feel like we can get four or five kids through this weekend," coach David Grant said. "That's our goal."

Demas (39-1) appears ready to make another run at a state title after recording three pins on his way to the sectional championship at 171.

Demas, who is ranked No. 1 in the Brakeman Report, will wrestle Beavercreek's Zane Levesseur (9-13) in his opening district match.

"Josh is wrestling well," Grant said. "He has set some goals for himself. He's working on some things that he normally wouldn't do in matches. He's looking for pins, so he's doing a good job. It may not be the opponent that's the challenge. He's given himself his own challenges."

Joe Herrera (103, 25-6) earned North's other sectional title.

He wrestles Darby's Devon Booth (27-10) in the first round at district.

Andrew Macioce (119), Stephen Alger (125) and Ryan Ouzts (130) each finished third at sectional.

Macioce (21-15) will wrestle Lebanon's Seth Gilbert (24-9) in the first round, Alger (29-6) will face Lancaster's Ben Davis (27-11) and Ouzts (25-7) wrestles Beavercreek's Sam Schaeffer (22-12).

Jon Youmans (112) and Mitch Cousins (heavy) are seeded fourth.

Youmans (18-14) wrestles Marion-Franklin's Filandus Boyd (31-1) and Cousins (24-12) faces Thomas Worthington's Kosta Karageorge (33-0).

"Jon Youmans did a really good job at 112 to get himself into the tournament," Grant said.

• South's top performer at the Westland sectional was Ryan Meyers, who finished fifth and will be a district alternate at 135.

R.J. Stevenson (125), Amir Askari (140) and Seth Carte (145) each finished sixth.

The Wildcats took 12th (37.5) behind Pickerington North.

"The kids battled really hard," coach Tim Michel said.

"I'm very proud of all of them. It's a tough sectional. Of course, we would have liked to do better. We would have liked to advance kids, but it is what it is."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Central, North and South wrestling teams:

CENTRAL

Last Saturday -- Finished ninth (48) at the Westland sectional behind first-place Pickerington North (224.5)

Friday-Saturday -- Division I district tournament at Hilliard Darby

NORTH

Last Saturday -- Finished fourth (167.5) at Watkins Memorial sectional behind champion Marysville (243)

Friday-Saturday -- Division I district tournament at Hilliard Darby

SOUTH

Last Saturday -- Finished 12th (37.5) at the Westland sectional