The Thomas Worthington High School wrestling team won its first match in the inaugural state team tournament.
The fourth-seeded Cardinals defeated fifth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 46-16 in a first-round match in Division I, Region 5-B on Jan. 23 at Hilliard Darby.
Thomas faced top-seeded Darby in the second round Jan. 30, with the winner facing second-seeded Westerville North or third-seeded Hilliard Bradley later that day in a regional semifinal.
That winner advanced to a regional final Wednesday, Feb. 6, at a site to be determined. Possible opponents included Delaware, Marysville, Olentangy and Olentangy Orange.
Against Kilbourne, Noah Messerall (132 pounds) and Phil McKinney (195) won by pins and Max King (160) won a major decision.
Other winners included Martise Johnson (113), Kasey Ackley (120), Will Coleman (126), Ben Hooff (138), Ben Hoyt (152) and Andrew Shackleford (182). Winning via forfeit were James Ford (220) and Brooks Gilmore (heavyweight).
The Cardinals finished second (171) behind Fremont Ross (255.5) in the 21-team Eaton Invitational held Jan. 25 and 26.
Messerall won and four others reached championships. Finishing second were Ackley, Gilmore, McKinney and Shackleford. Ford was third, with Hooff and Tyler Norris (106) both finishing sixth.
Kilbourne places 11th at Groveport
Kilbourne finished 11th (54) behind champion Whitehall (225) in the 15-team Cruiser Invitational on Jan. 26 at Groveport.
Kyle Wahl (145) and Tyler Silverthorn (120) both finished third. Austin Oberly (106) was fifth and Charlie Osborn (113) was sixth.
Oberly improved to 30-4 and Wahl improved to 28-7. Silverthorn was 13-5 and Osborn was 14-11.
In its loss to Thomas in the state tournament, winners for Kilbourne were Oberly at 106, Wahl at 145 and Stewart Seely at 170. Oberly and Wahl won by pin.