Dublin Scioto High School sophomore wrestler Daniel Segura is headed back to the Division I state tournament.
Segura advanced to state, which runs Thursday, March 8, through Saturday, March 10, at Ohio State, by winning the 138-pound title in the district tournament held March 2 and 3 at Hilliard Darby.
Segura will be accompanied at state by sophomore Deron Pulliam, who finished third at district at 182 after missing last year's postseason with a broken left hand. The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to state.
"We've been talking about this since last year since he broke his hand and we knew he couldn't do it then," Segura said. "I had to keep in shape. I'm glad that I've been able to see him and help him qualify."
Segura went 4-0 at district, pinning Olentangy's James White IV in the final in 4 minutes, 58 seconds, to improve to 40-0 on the season.
"I woke up (March 3) wanting to win," Segura said. "After winning in the semis, I knew I was going (to state), but it wasn't as important to me as winning because last year I lost in the district final and I wanted to win this year."
Last season, Segura lost to Dresden Tri-Valley's Luke Hernandez 16-7 in the district final at 132. He then went 1-2 at state to finish the season 39-12.
"I'm ready for (state), especially after last year and not placing," Segura said. "I just want to prepare and train for it."
Segura will face Fremont Ross' Lamonte Chapman (35-5) in the first round at state.
"He leads the pack," coach Adam Huddle said of Segura. "He does it with work ethic. He does it in and out of the room. He's focused and these guys feed off of him. It's pretty special to have a leader like that as a sophomore."
Pulliam went 4-1 at district, defeating Lancaster's A.J. McRitchie 8-3 in the third-place match, to improve to 38-6 on the season. He will face Miamisburg's Sebastian Beachler (38-4) in the first round at state.
"Daniel and Deron are super close," Huddle said. "This whole sophomore class is really close and they kind of feed off each other and it's been a really fun weekend."
Scioto has had at least one state qualifier each season since opening in the fall of 1995. The Irish have had two state champions in Randy Languis (140 in 2010) and Al Bilins (heavyweight in 1998).
Junior Bernie Duran placed fifth at district at 220 and was a state alternate, while sophomores Gage Hannan (145) and Donovan Hardin (heavyweight) finished sixth.
Also at district, freshman Dylan Le (106) and senior Kemyon Pannell (126) each finished 2-2 and junior Hamza Dhashi (120) went 0-2.
"We saw a lot of sophomores grow up (last) weekend and it was kind of special," Huddle said.
Scioto scored 87.5 points at district to finish fifth behind champion Lancaster (170) as 38 teams scored.
Records highlight swimming season
Highlighting the boys and girls swimming teams' season were three program records and a state qualifier in sophomore Ema Rennie.
Rennie finished 18th in the 50-yard freestyle (24.2) in her first appearance in the Division I state meet Feb. 23 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
Senior Delia McLaughlin set the program record in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.8) and teamed with Rennie, junior Emma Ferguson and sophomore Lauren Perry to set the program mark in the 200 free relay (1:40.1).
Senior Mitchell Thomas led the boys team, setting the program record in the 200 individual medley (1:58.39).
"I was so proud of them this season," coach Brian Worhatch said. "They had so many best times throughout the year, including the end of the season at sectional and district. It was our biggest district team in my five years with the team, 14 swimmers.
"Icing on the cake was Ema Rennie making it to the state meet. It was a great experience for her to help her in the years to come."
Hockey coach pleased with season
Hockey coach Morgan Langworthy was pleased with his team's season.
The Irish, whose regular-season schedule included varsity and junior varsity opponents, finished 19-15-2 overall.
"We were able to work on things in games that if we played a full varsity schedule, two-thirds or half of our games would be over in the second period," Langworthy said. "We wouldn't have been able to work on stuff in game-like situations. It's a short-term thing hoping that the next couple of seasons when we get the numbers up we can go back to full-time varsity."
Seeded 21st in the district tournament, the Irish opened the postseason with a 3-1 win over 20th-seeded Cincinnati Sycamore on Feb. 16 at OhioHealth Ice Haus before losing to top-seeded Jerome 10-0 in a second-round game Feb. 17 at Chiller North.
Seeded 15th in the Blue Jackets Cup, the Irish defeated 14th-seeded Gahanna 9-2 in the first round Feb. 9 before losing to ninth-seeded New Albany 10-0 in the second round Feb. 10.
Scioto finished fourth (18 points, 9-7) in the Capital Hockey Conference-J.V. Red Division, behind Jerome (28, 13-1-2), Olentangy Liberty (26, 12-2-2) and St. Charles (21, 9-4-3) and ahead of Olentangy Orange (8, 3-11-2) and New Albany (7, 2-11-3).
Defenseman Dakotah Marshall, who was one of four seniors, led the Irish in scoring with 40 goals and nine assists. Senior forward Spencer Cogan had 26 goals and 13 assists, and sophomore forward Pete Hrelec had 24 goals and 11 assists.
Another senior was goaltender Zac Beatty.
Others eligible to return are juniors Avery Langworthy (forward, 11 goals, 21 assists), Thomas Lucas (forward), Sean McGowan (defenseman) and A.J. Waizmann (forward), sophomores Matt Gast (defenseman, 6 goals, 21 assists), Matt Hamlin (forward) and David Loew (forward) and freshman Nick Gould (defenseman).
Basketball players named all-district
Victor Mwamba of the boys basketball team and Lauren Erickson, Madison Heasley and Natalie Hutras of the girls team all were named honorable mention all-district.
@ThisWeekFrankAt a glance
*Record: 19-15-2 overall, 9-7 (fourth) in CHC-J.V. Red
*Seniors lost: Zac Beatty, Spencer Cogan, Dakotah Marshall and Jonny Schorr
*Key returnees: Matt Gast, Pete Hrelec and Avery Langworthy
SWIMMING & DIVING
*Finishes: Boys -- Fourth in OCC-Cardinal, eighth at sectional, 15th at
district; Girls -- Fifth in OCC-Cardinal, sixth at sectional, tied for 17th at district
*Seniors lost: Boys -- Joel David, Baker Lutz, Mitchell Thomas and Daniel Woo; Girls -- Delia MacLaughlin
*Key returnees: Boys -- John Miller, Colson Wenzel and Jackson Wolford; Girls -- Emma Ferguson, Zoe Kington, Lauren Perry and Ema Rennie