After failing to qualify for the Division I district tournament last season, Tyler Tavenner of the Westerville North High School wrestling team dedicated himself to improving in the offseason.

After failing to qualify for the Division I district tournament last season, Tyler Tavenner of the Westerville North High School wrestling team dedicated himself to improving in the offseason.

The senior's hard work paid dividends, as he placed second at 220 pounds in the sectional tournament Feb. 18 at Pickerington Central to advance to district. He won his first two matches before being pinned by Olentangy's Alex Stinemetz in 3 minutes, 25 seconds in the championship match.

The top four finishers in each weight class at sectional qualified for district on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at Hilliard Darby.

"It's good, but it would have been nicer to get first place," said Tavenner, who placed fifth at 215 in the Westland sectional last season. "It's definitely good motivation. It lights a little fire under me and it gets me going. To be a state-qualifier for the first time would be awesome. This is a well-earned moment. I've worked hard for it this year. I'm not going to let it slip by."

The top four finishers in each weight class at district advance to the state tournament March 1-3 at Ohio State.

Tavenner enters district with a 26-13 record.

"Tyler made a big commitment change this summer, which is a great story," coach David Grant said. "Kids on the team that were his friends weren't doing what they were supposed to be doing. Tyler made a commitment change and his love of wrestling grew and now he's having success. He told me that he has not had this much fun in a long time."

Tavenner was one of seven district qualifiers for North. Also placing second at sectional were sophomore Santino DiSabato at 106 and junior Connor Kline at 170. DiSabato (29-6) lost to Teays Valley's Luke Nace 13-6 in the championship match and Kline (20-9) lost to Olentangy's Nate Hall 7-0 in the final.

Also advancing to district were senior Emmanuel Adu at 192 (19-4), freshman Kevin Diaz at 120 (9-6), junior Jeremiah Ferguson at 145 (19-12) and freshman Jacob Herrera at 113 (16-12).

Adu placed third at sectional and Diaz, Ferguson and Herrera finished fourth.

Sophomore Nick Durieux (20-9) and freshman Nic Kramer (26-13) are district alternates at 132 and 195, respectively, after finishing fifth.

"I'm happy that we have seven qualifiers, but I would have liked to have had some more momentum leaving the finals," Grant said. "We lost a lot of finals matches, so we're just going to have to get to work. Our (district) draws are pretty good and we have some stuff to work on this week. We're looking pretty good. I think we have a great chance to get three or four guys to the state tournament."

The Warriors finished fifth (148) in the 10-team sectional behind champion Olentangy (249.5).

•Senior Zach Brown is one of five district qualifiers for Central. He improved to 41-2 by winning the sectional title at 160 on Feb. 18 at Watkins Memorial. He went 4-0 at sectional, defeating Lancaster's Ethan Bond 3-2 in the championship match.

"I knew I was probably going to have a tough bout against Bond," Brown said. "I knew he was going to be tough, but I knew what my goal was and I wasn't going to let anything stop me from reaching my goal."

Brown anticipates facing Olentangy Liberty's Roy Daniels (41-1) in the district championship match. He lost to Daniels 3-1 on Jan. 12.

"Zach has a great shot," coach Bob Fresch said. "He was probably a little more laid back in practice (last week), but I anticipate short, intense drilling for two to three days this week and he'll back off Thursday. He's right on target."

Sophomores Michael Hines at 106 and Adam Lowe at 182 each finished second at sectional. Hines (25-13) lost to Pickerington North's Payton Gutierrez 16-1 in the championship match and Lowe (19-18) was pinned by Hilliard Bradley's Ricky McGrath in 3:28 in the final.

Also advancing to district were seniors Dante Camboni (25-15) at 220 and Caleb Duffey (32-11) at 170. Both placed fourth.

Junior Alex Krasovec (21-20) is a district alternate at 145 after finishing fifth.

"Step one is out of the way and now we're getting ready for step two," Fresch said.

The Warhawks finished seventh (116.5) in the 10-team sectional behind champion Lancaster (220.5).

•The lone district qualifier for South is sophomore Evan Trainer (17-19), who finished fourth at 160 in the Watkins Memorial sectional.

Trainer went 3-2 at sectional and was pinned by Dublin Scioto's Brandon Carbajal in 1:39 in the third-place match.

The Wildcats finished 10th (38) at sectional.

"We had a frustrating day at the sectional with one out of the six we brought making it to districts," coach Kerry Burton said. "Evan had a really good day with a huge win (4-2) in the consolation semifinals over George Dial of Pickerington North. Evan is a hard-working kid, and it finally paid off for him."