Senior Zach Brown of the Westerville Central High School wrestling team traveled to Ohio State for the Division I state tournament the past two seasons as an alternate.

Senior Zach Brown of the Westerville Central High School wrestling team traveled to Ohio State for the Division I state tournament the past two seasons as an alternate.

Both years, he patiently waited, hoping he would get a chance to compete. However, the chance never came.

Brown finally will get the opportunity to compete at state after finishing second at 160 pounds in the district tournament Feb. 24 and 25 at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers in each weight class at district qualified for state, which runs Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at Ohio State.

Brown lost to Olentangy Liberty's Roy Daniels 3-2 in the final. Daniels also defeated Brown 3-1 on Jan. 12.

"That was definitely the first goal," Brown said of qualifying for state. "I finally got that monkey off my back. I had a real tough semi with (Hilliard Davidson's Alex) Mickley. He made states two years ago."

Leading 1-0 in the third period, Brown pinned Mickley in 4 minutes, 36 seconds to secure the state berth.

"Zach was excited, everybody was excited for him," coach Bob Fresch said. "I know there's a lot of coaches pulling for him thinking what a good kid he is. He's so deserving. To finally wait three years and finally get that shot, it just all makes sense. The third time is a charm. We were happy for him."

Brown (44-3) will face Stow-Munroe Falls' Connor McMahon (32-3) in the first round at state.

Brown's district match against Daniels was tied at 1 in the third period before Daniels took the lead for good with a takedown.

"Daniels threw out some new stuff that I've never seen before," Brown said. "I wasn't able to adjust to it in time. I couldn't really crack through. To me, we had a very even match. The takedown in the third period was me being too aggressive, but all in all, we are pretty even, pretty tight. He's tough. He's ranked pretty high in the state, so if I can be even with him, it kind of shows where I expect to be at state."

Also competing at district for Central were Michael Hines at 106 (3-3, sixth), Caleb Duffey at 170 (1-2), Adam Lowe at 182 (0-2) and Dante Camboni at 220 (1-2).

The Warhawks scored 33 points to finish 18th behind champion Marysville (174) as 37 teams scored.

•North was led at district by sophomore Nick Durieux, who finished fifth (4-2) at 132 and is a state alternate.

Durieux defeated Pickerington Central's Aaron Yarger 4-2 in the fifth-place match

Also competing at district for the Warriors were Emmanuel Adu at 182 (3-3, sixth), Santino DiSabato at 106 (2-2), Jacob Herrera at 113 (0-2), Kevin Diaz at 120 (0-2), Connor Kline at 170 (0-2) and Tyler Tavenner at 220 (1-2).

The Warriors scored 24 points at district to finish 20th.

•South's lone district qualifier was sophomore Evan Trainer, who went 0-2 at 160.

Trainer lost to Mickley 18-6 in the first round before losing to Teays Valley's Dakota Cornett 4-3.

"I had a lot of fun," Trainer said. "It didn't end as well as I hoped. I would have rather got a win, but I wrestled a tough kid. The kid from Teays Valley is good. It feels good to be here. I would have hoped to have a few more kids here, but we had some injuries. We have a pretty good team and we're getting a lot better."