The Marysville High School wrestling team earned its first Division I district title since 2005 Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby High School.

The Marysville High School wrestling team earned its first Division I district title since 2005 Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby High School.

The Monarchs cruised to the win, finishing well ahead of second-place Springboro 188.5-139.5.

Pickerington North (119), Hilliard Davidson (85), Teays Valley (73), Gahanna (71), Miamisburg (62), Olentangy Liberty (52.5), Mount Vernon (52) and Dublin Scioto (50) rounded out the top 10.

"Coming in we thought we could do well," Marysville coach Shawn Andrews said. "We came into thinking that all of our district qualifiers could contribute and win matches. After (Friday's) action we thought nine of them could place. It turned out that way. We're pretty happy and hopefully it can continue into next week."

Marysville, which finished second to Davidson last season at district, had four champions and two runners-up.

The state tournament is Thursday through Saturday at Ohio State.

Earning titles for Marysville were Jake McCombs at 125 pounds, Zev Green at 145, Caleb Marsh at 160 and Nate Weeks at 215.
Noah Forrider at 119 and Tyler Bass at 140 finished second. The other state qualifiers are Josh Sisler at 135 (4th) and Kyle Thirkield at 285 (4th).

Last season at state, McCombs was third at 125, Weeks finished fourth at 215 and Marsh was sixth at 160.

"At the beginning of the year we had several goals," Andrews said. "One of them was to be sectional champs, district champs, which we have reached at this point. What we have left is being a top five team in the state tournament. A lot of times those are the teams up north and a couple Cincinnati schools, so we have our work cut out for us, but that's our goal for next weekend."

Westerville North coach David Grant, whose team tied Olentangy Orange for 12th (42) at district, was impressed with Marysville.
"Marysville is that good," Grant said. "They really did a good job. They peaked at the right time and from top to bottom they looked really good. They're young, too, so we have a tough challenge ahead of us."

Springboro qualified seven wrestlers for state followed by Pickerington North with six. The Panthers' lone champion was Austin Marsico at 103.

Defending state champions Josh Demas of Westerville North and Shawn Fayette of Miamisburg each earned return trips to state. Demas, a four-time state qualifier and defending champion at 152, claimed the 171-pound title at district.

"I'd say I wrestled great considering that I have the flu," Demas said. "I weighed in at 163."

Fayette, who won the state title at 130 last season, finished second at district at 135.