Moments after competing in the Division I state wrestling tournament March 8-10 at Ohio State, Dublin Scioto High School sophomore Daniel Segura already was looking ahead to another busy offseason.
He went 3-2 and placed fourth at 138 pounds at state to finish the season 42-2.
"(March 11) is my break and then I have practice on Monday," said Segura, who also trains at the club level with Team Miron Wrestling in Dublin. "I've been thinking about how much I've worked on since last year and everything. ... I'll look back on (my state performance) later and I'll realize I want to be higher up on that podium, be at the highest part of the podium."
Segura opened state with a 9-4 win over Fremont Ross' Lamonte Chapman and beat Macedonia Nordonia's Mitchell Collica 15-6 in a quarterfinal before being pinned by eventual state champion Bryce Andonian of Lakewood St. Edward in 3 minutes, 31 seconds in a semifinal. He then beat Cincinnati Princeton's Jovan Fuqua 6-5 before losing to Brecksville-Broadview Heights' Marco Regalbuto 6-3 in the third-place match.
Last season, Segura went 1-2 at state at 132 to finish 39-12.
"It was a lot better (than last season)," Segura said. "A lot of people didn't think I was going to place and I knew from the start that I could prove them wrong and that's what I went out to do this weekend."
Coach Adam Huddle said Segura's rigorous offseason training helped him prepare for the challenging state tournament.
"He's a tough kid," coach Adam Huddle said. "He's wrestled a lot and when you wrestle that many matches in the summer and in the spring and you do those things, you're going to take losses, so this is an everyday thing for him. Obviously, he wants to wrestle hard and win, but when he loses, he's going to learn from it and he moves on and that's what's pretty special about him.
"As a sophomore, his maturity is off the charts."
Segura was joined at state by sophomore Deron Pulliam, who went 3-2 and placed seventh at 182 in his first state appearance.
Pulliam opened with a 5-2 win over Miamisburg's Sebastian Beachler but lost to eventual state champion Victor Marcelli of Massillon Jackson 16-1 in a quarterfinal. He rebounded to beat Toledo St. John's Timothy Marshall 18-9 and then was pinned by Coffman's Lennox Wolak in 4 minutes, 57 seconds before beating Massillon Perry's Zach Blackiston 10-5 in the seventh-place match to finish 41-8.
"I'm a little satisfied with my results, but not too happy," said Pulliam, who missed the latter part of last season with a broken left hand. "I hope to come back here and get a lot higher next year. This motivates me a lot for next year."
Segura and Pulliam combined for 19 points as Scioto tied for 23rd behind champion St. Edward (170.5) as 70 teams scored.
In the district tournament March 2 and 3 at Hilliard Darby, Segura finished first and Pulliam placed third as the top four finishers in each weight class advanced to state.
Scioto finished fifth (87.5) at district behind champion Lancaster (170) as 38 teams scored after finishing third (172.5) in the 10-team sectional Feb. 24 at Marysville behind the champion and host Monarchs (279).
The Irish went 4-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to tie Darby for third, behind co-champions Delaware and Hilliard Bradley (5-1) and ahead of Jerome (2-4), Worthington Kilbourne (1-5) and Thomas Worthington (0-6).
Other key wrestlers expected to return include junior Bernie Duran (220, 30-14), who placed fifth at district and was a state alternate, and sophomores Gage Hannan (145, 25-14) and Donovan Hardin (heavyweight, 23-13), both of whom finished sixth.
Also eligible to return are junior Hamza Dhashi (120, 23-16) and freshman Dylan Le (106, 32-11).
The Irish are losing seven seniors, including Kemyon Pannell, who went 2-2 at district at 126 to finish 21-12.
@ThisWeekFrankAt a glance
*Finishes: Tied for third in OCC-Cardinal, third at sectional, fifth at district, tied for 23rd at state
*Seniors lost: Isaac Bodine, Bud Boniphant, Eugene Choi, Maurice Driscoll, Malek Mustafa, Kemyon Pannell and Jack Rubenkoenig
*Key returnees: Bernie Duran, Gage Hannan, Donovan Hardin, Dylan Le, Deron Pulliam and Daniel Segura