Kyle Frost had to cut seven pounds the night before competing in the Division I district tournament a year ago to be eligible to wrestle at 130 pounds.

Kyle Frost had to cut seven pounds the night before competing in the Division I district tournament a year ago to be eligible to wrestle at 130 pounds.

The Upper Arlington High School senior successfully did so, but paid a hefty price for it as his energy level waned over the course of the two-day tournament. After opening with two wins, Frost lost to Westerville North's Brandon Burkett 6-4 in a semifinal, was pinned by Hilliard Darby's Ben Port in 4 minutes, 3 seconds and lost to Olentangy's Kyle Weaver 15-3 to finish sixth.

Frost will be looking to redeem himself when he competes at 152 pounds in the district tournament Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby. The top four in each weight class will advance to the state tournament March 5-7 at Ohio State.

"I have a lot of regrets about the way I died out at the end of district last year," said Frost, whose team finished 22nd (31) in the 41-team district behind champion Reynoldsburg (130) a year ago. "I had to do a lot of running to get my weight down, and I didn't have much energy left on the second day of the tournament. That won't happen again this year because I'm not cutting any weight at all. I feel real motivated every time I think about what happened because this is my senior year and my last chance to finally make it to state. I don't just want to qualify. I want to win district."

Frost, who is 23-3, will open district against Belmont's Robert Rogers, who is 18-11.

After missing most of the final three weeks of the regular season with an undisclosed injury, Frost went 4-0 at the sectional last Saturday at Pickerington North to win his second consecutive sectional title. He beat Delaware's Michael Kalista 18-3, pinned Mount Vernon's Steve Hall in 2 minutes, 44 seconds and downed Lancaster's Spencer Marshall 20-5 in a semifinal.

In the final, Frost beat Marion-Franklin's Quinton Ryman by injury default after they butted heads while going for a takedown late in the first period. The collision opened a gash on Ryman's head and he was taken off the mat on a stretcher. Frost was leading 4-2 at the time.

"I was worried about my conditioning after missing all of that time, and my first match was rough," said Frost, whose team finished seventh (108.5) in the 13-team sectional behind champion Central Crossing (227.5). "But I found my rhythm and got stronger throughout the day."

Three other Golden Bears qualified to district. Kevin Drake (145) won his second consecutive sectional title and Connor Pitman (112) and Karic Cecutti (130) finished fourth to make it past sectional for the first time.

Drake went 4-0, beating Delaware's Joel Calfe 19-4, Central Crossing's Aaron Hardy 20-8, Olentangy Liberty's Ethan Snyder by injury default in a semifinal and Worthington Kilbourne's Josh Burton 19-7 in the final.

"I hate sectional because there's always the possibility of slipping up here, so I'm glad to get this out of the way," Drake said. "I just did what I needed to do to get that No. 1 seed for district."

Drake, who is 46-0, is seeking his first district title, after finished second at district last year and third as a sophomore. He will open district against Thomas Worthington's Joshiah Messerall, who is 23-16.

"I definitely want to win district to set myself up in the best possible position I can be to do well at state," Drake said. "If I can win district, I'll get a No. 1 seed for state, so it's very important to me."

Cecutti went 3-2 at sectional, beating Groveport's Tyler Floyd 9-4 in a consolation semifinal and losing to Pickerington North's Brandon Grogan 4-0 in the consolation final.

Pitman went 2-2, defeating Mount Vernon's Mike Vilfer 7-2 in a consolation semifinal and losing to North's Josh Will 9-2 in the consolation final.

Cecutti, who is 24-9, will open district against Springboro's Tyler Riegle, who is 32-3. Pitman, who is 32-14, will open district against Hilliard Davidson's Angelo DiSabato, who is 37-3).

"Connor and Karic both were able to refocus after semifinal losses and they showed a lot of fortitude in the consolation bracket," coach Grant McCormick said. "They both have the good attitude that making it to district is just part of the trip, and they're going there to win more matches. I feel good for the four who made it, but it's frustrating for Connor Boyle (135), Alex Kaps (171) and Ben Johnson (189), because they all were a close loss away from making it themselves."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Upper Arlington wrestling team:

Last Saturday -- Finished seventh (108.5) in 13-team Division I sectional at Pickerington North behind champion Central Crossing (227.5). District qualifiers were Connor Pitman (112, 2-2, fourth), Karic Cecutti (130, 3-2, fourth), Kevin Drake (145, 4-0, first) and Kyle Frost (152, 4-0, first). Others competing included Andrew Hennessey (103, 0-2), Ryan Pidcock (119, 1-2), Patrick O'Neil (125, 1-2), Conner Boyle (135, 3-3, sixth), Kristian Sims (140, 0-2), Michael Kilstrom (160, 0-2), Alex Kaps (171, 2-2, fifth), Ben Johnson (189, 2-2), Nick Viau (215, 1-2) and Drew Klamar (heavyweight, 0-2).

Friday-Saturday -- At district at Hilliard Darby. The top four in each weight class will advance to state March 5-7 at Ohio State.