None of the Thomas Worthington High School wrestling team's four representatives in the Division I district tournament held March 2 and 3 at Perrysburg qualified for state.
Competing at 145 pounds, senior Chase Haimerl fell one win short, losing his state-qualifying match to Brecksville-Broadview Heights' Victor Voinovich 11-2.
Haimerl, making his second appearance at district, then lost the fifth-place match to Findlay's Benjamin Douglas 4-1.
The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to the state tournament Thursday, March 8, through Saturday, March 10, at Ohio State.
"Chase had an extremely tough road," coach Brad Todd said. "To say his weight class was a challenge is an understatement. He ran into two or three of the top eight guys ranked in the state. Six of the top 15 ranked guys in his weight were at that district.
"Chase had been sick for two weeks, but came right out and worked his tail off. He grinded it out to finish sixth and got on the podium to be a two-time district placer."
Haimerl went 3-3 at district to finish the season 37-12. He defeated Dylan Stoll of Holland Springfield 5-3 in his opening match before getting pinned by Josh Jaekin of Olmsted Falls. He bounced back to beat Mansfield Madison's Trenton Osborne 4-2 and Canal Winchester's Chance Brown 14-5 before losing to Voinovich.
Seniors Josh Keese (170) and Charlie Kneessi (182) both went 1-2 in their second trips to district and freshman Mason Gates (220) went 0-2.
Kneessi finished 32-11 after defeating David Weaver of Berea-Midpark 8-0 and losing to Timothy Marshall of Toledo St. John's 9-2 and Oregon Clay's Jacob Meek 8-7.
"Charlie lost a heartbreaker when he gave up a reversal to Meek with 10 seconds left," Todd said. "(Meek) went on to finish third and (Marshall) finished fourth. Charlie was right there in both matches and could've been third or fourth. It was very close, even though the score (against Marshall) ended up not looking close."
Keese lost his opening match to Perrysburg's Ethan Garee 6-2. He then defeated Avon Lake's Will Danniger 5-3 before losing to Cleveland St. Ignatius' Logan Toth 13-3 to finish 35-15.
"We had three seniors and all were two-time district qualifiers who had 30-plus wins this year, and anytime you can do that, it's special," Todd said. "They showed the younger kids that hard work all the way through the program will pay off. They were good role models."
Gates was pinned by Trenton Ervin of Toledo Bowsher in the first round and then forfeited to Aidan Gill of St. Ignatius to finish 11-14.
"We haven't had a freshman district qualifier in many years, so he set the bar higher for the freshmen coming in next year," Todd said. "We expect him to be a leader, along with our district alternates (junior) Ethan Glasgow and (sophomore) Greg Laws."
The Cardinals totaled nine points at district to tie Canal Winchester for 25th behind champion Lakewood St. Edward (284.5) as 36 teams scored.
Haimerl won a sectional title Feb. 24 at Whitehall, where the top four finishers in each weight class advanced to district. Keese and Kneessi both finished second and Gates placed fourth, as Thomas finished seventh (84) of nine teams, behind champion Ashland (304).
Also at sectional, Glasgow (160) and Laws (heavyweight) both placed fifth. Glasgow finished 14-25 and Laws was 9-26. Also competing was freshman Joe Rhodes (152), who went 0-2 and finished 1-8.
Another expected returnee is junior Trent Wilson, who was 7-7 at 145 before an injury cost him the remainder of the season.
Thomas went 0-6 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to finish seventh, behind co-champions Delaware and Hilliard Bradley (5-1), Darby and Dublin Scioto (4-2), Dublin Jerome (2-4) and Kilbourne (1-5). All three seniors made first-team all-league.
Hockey team losing top scorer
The hockey team is losing five seniors, including its top scorer in David LaLonde.
A defenseman/forward, LaLonde scored 29 points on 11 goals and 18 assists. He had 21 points (7 goals, 14 assists) in Capital Hockey Conference games and was named first-team all-league in the Blue Division.
The Cardinals finished 4-19 overall and 2-14 (4 points) in the CHC-Blue to place third, behind Watterson (22, 11-5) and DeSales (10, 5-11) and ahead of Gahanna (0, 0-16).
Thomas was seeded 17th in the district tournament and lost to 10th-seeded Cincinnati Elder 3-2 in the first round Feb. 16 at OhioHealth Ice Haus.
Competing in the consolation tournament of the Blue Jackets Cup, the Cardinals were seeded 13th and lost to 12th-seeded DeSales 6-4 in the first round Feb. 9 at the Ice Haus.
Among the expected return-ees are junior Nick Schriner (forward), sophomores Jorge Bare (goaltender), Sam Hart-wick (forward) and Will Pischel (forward) and freshmen Sebastian Edvardsen (forward) and Evan Kendall (forward).
Schriner had a team-high 18 goals and 23 points and made first-team all-league.
Pischel had 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists), Kendall had 19 (7 goals, 12 assists) and Hartwick had 15 (6 goals, 9 assists).
Bare was 3-18 with 606 saves and an .857 save percentage.
Payne wins title at indoor state meet
Senior Andy Payne won the 3,200 meters (9 minutes, 10.97 seconds) in the Division I indoor state track and field meet March 3 at SPIRE Institute in Geneva.
@Brad_ThisWeekAt a glance
*Record: 4-19 overall, 2-14-0-0 (third) in CHC-Blue
*Seniors lost: Kyle Kocheran, David LaLonde, Logan Rutland, Carter St. Pierre and Spencer Steele
*Key returnees: Jorge Bare, Sam Hartwick, Evan Kendall, Will Pischel and Nick Schriner
*Finishes: Seventh in OCC-Cardinal, seventh at sectional, tied for 25th at district
*Seniors lost: Chase Haimerl, Josh Keese and Charlie Kneessi
*Key returnees: Mason Gates, Ethan Glasgow, Greg Laws and Trenton Wilson