The Westland High School wrestling team entered the Division I district tournament last Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby knowing it would have at least one representative at state Thursday through Saturday at Ohio State.

The Westland High School wrestling team entered the Division I district tournament last Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby knowing it would have at least one representative at state Thursday through Saturday at Ohio State.

Coach Roger Branham will be one of three inductees into the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday. He will be joined by fellow inductees Dick Engel of Reading and Keith Manos of Richmond Heights.

The Cougars had nine wrestlers at district, including Tyler Palmer, who got in after being an alternate at 145 pounds. The top four in each weight class there advanced to state. Westland had no state qualifiers last year.

Host Westland turned in a strong showing at the sectional Feb. 14 by taking fourth (164.5 points) behind Hilliard Davidson (203.5), Marysville (199.5) and Reynoldsburg (198).

"I'm really happy with that," Branham said. "We finished more than 20 points ahead of Dublin Coffman (137) and all season they've been ranked among the top 10. They beat us at dual (37-34 on Jan. 31), so it was very nice to actually get our team among some of the best teams in the area."

The Cougars' other district qualifiers were Cameron Ray at 103 (third), Scottie Haslam at 112 (third), Jack Swicegood at 119 (second), Galo Santos at 125 (fourth), Sean Clutter at 130 (fourth), Quintin Rigney at 135 (second), Jordan Harris at 140 (fourth) and Jordan Finney at heavyweight (fourth).

Other alternates were Kyle Hazlett at 160 (fifth) and Keith Carius at 171 (fifth).

"I'm happy with how things went, but at the same time I felt like we had a strong chance to get at least a couple more out," Branham said.

•The boys basketball team lost to Gahanna 56-42 last Tuesday at Harvest Prep in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

The Cougars finished 6-15 overall. They went 4-10 in the OCC-Central Division.

Westland led 13-12 after one quarter and trailed 28-23 at the half. The Lions, who played Teays Valley last Friday, began to pull away in the third quarter, outscoring the Cougars 15-7 for a 43-30 lead heading into the final session.

Anthony Jackson led Westland with 11 points. Mike Tumblison had 10.

"We had plenty of chances," coach Todd Parker said. "We had several turnovers and missed a lot of shots that we usually make. We had plenty of opportunities to make it a closer game or even maybe win it."

•The girls basketball team's season ended with a 67-11 loss to seventh-seeded Reynoldsburg in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 19 at Harvest Prep. Senior Kemekea Washington scored four points.

Westland finished 1-20 overall and 0-14 in the OCC-Central behind Coffman (14-0), Davidson (11-3), Upper Arlington (10-4), Hilliard Darby (8-6), Central Crossing (6-8), Thomas Worthington (5-9) and Worthington Kilbourne (2-12).

Westland's win was overt West 72-44 on Dec. 2 as senior Shawna Collins scored 18 points, freshman Jasmine Junkins had 14 and senior Valarie Gilmore had 13.

"I thought we showed good improvement throughout the year," coach Stephen Clines said. "The record won't necessarily show it and I'm sure people are tired of hearing that, but I did see improvement. We did get better and we were doing things better, and that's what we were trying for as a team."

Westland will lose six seniors, including Collins, who was the team's leading scorer at 9.1 points a game. She was named honorable mention all-OCC-Central.

The other seniors are Gilmore, Washington, Carly Beasy, Megan Hogan and Dara Paxson. Hogan was lost for the season with a knee injury during the preseason and Beasy injured a knee in a 66-28 loss to Thomas on Dec. 23 and was lost for the season.

Clines expects Junkins and junior Skylar Allman to be key contributors next season. Other expected returnees are junior Hiba Abdi, sophomores Kelsie Bowman and Logan Horn and freshman Taylor Horn.

•The gymnastics team competed in the district meet last Saturday at Worthington Kilbourne. The top three teams and eight individuals in each event advanced to the state meet Friday and Saturday at Darby.