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Wrestling

Kilbourne must replace three district qualifiers

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The Worthington Kilbourne High School wrestling team will lose its three Division I district qualifers in seniors Danny Darby (152), Austin Oberly (106) and Lucky Shaut (182).

Shaut was a state alternate, as he went 3-2 and placed fifth at district. He finished 29-7 on the season and is the program's first four-time district qualifier.

Oberly finished 32-12 after going 3-3 and placing sixth, and Darby went 0-2 to finish 21-16.

Kilbourne scored 16 points at district to tie Canal Winchester for 27th.

"Those guys worked their butts off and had terrific seasons," coach Brett Shaut said.

"They were great leaders and did whatever it took to achieve success. I am so proud of them and the way they handled adversity. They are all great young men. I am hoping the younger kids will learn from what they saw this year."

Kilbourne placed eighth (70) in the 11-team Marysville sectional Feb. 15, as the host Monarchs (218.5) won the title.

Sophomores Charlie Osbourn (120) and Collin Pierce (132) both placed fifth and were district alternates and freshman Michael Duzzny (126) placed sixth.

Also competing at sectional were sophomores Trent Plantz (138), Andrew Cook (145) and Camron Wallace (160) and freshmen Sam Beerman (220) and Andrew Thompson (heavyweight).

The Wolves lost to Davidson 39-28 in their opening match in the state team tournament Jan. 22 and went 3-4 in the OCC-Capital to finish fifth behind Delaware (7-0), Olentangy Orange (6-1), Mount Vernon (5-2) and Olentangy (4-3) and ahead of Big Walnut (2-5), New Albany (1-6) and Franklin Heights (0-7).

Others expected to return include juniors Darius Turner (170) and David Turner (160), sophomore Trey Wallace (138) and freshman Brian Turner (182).

"We have a lot of underclassmen and have some young kids coming into the program who could make an immediate impact," coach Shaut said. "These kids have indicated to us that they have big goals and will be working toward them in the offseason.

"We've got a nice foundation and I hope that everyone who was a part of the program this season (who is eligible to return) will come back."

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