A familiar face is returning to Hilliard Davidson High School to lead the wrestling program.

Pending school board approval, Josh Chilcote will replace Dominic DiSabato, who stepped after 19 seasons.

“I love it,” Chilcote said. “When you have to fill big shoes, you make sure you step your game up and be ready to put your best foot forward every day. Coming in for Dom, that’s a big deal, but also it’s nice that Dom’s not leaving (the school). He’s just stepped away from wrestling, but he’s been a great resource for me.”

Chilcote, 36, was an assistant wrestling coach at Davidson from 2006-14 and an assistant football coach under Brian White from 2006-10.

“I’m really familiar with Davidson,” Chilcote said. “It’s a great place. I have a great relationship with coach White as well, so it’s an exciting time for me.”

Chilcote had been the defensive coordinator at Groveport since 2010 and was an assistant wrestling coach at Lancaster the past three seasons. He has stepped away from both positions.

Chilcote is a 2000 graduate of Groveport, where he was a three-time state qualifier in wrestling and played football under White, who coached the Cruisers in 1998.

Chilcote played football at Kent State, from which he graduated in 2006.

Under DiSabato, the Wildcats won seven OCC titles and one district championship, posted two top-seven team finishes at state and had 24 state placers, including two champions in Chase Delande (145 pounds in 2011) and Travis Gusan (heavyweight in 2013) as well as five runners-up.

Chilcote was an assistant at Davidson when Delande and Gusan won state titles. He also was an assistant football coach when the Wildcats won Division I state titles in 2006 and 2009.

Chilcote will remain as an intervention specialist at Groveport.

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