The Division I district wrestling tournament couldn't have ended much worse for at least two competitors from Reynoldsburg High School.

The Division I district wrestling tournament couldn't have ended much worse for at least two competitors from Reynoldsburg High School.

Riding the momentum of a sectional championship into the district tournament Feb. 24 and 25 at Hilliard Darby, 120-pound senior Xander Straughter won his first match, lost the next and won his next two before falling a few points short of qualifying for state.

Senior Greg Chang had a similar run through the consolation bracket at 113 after a second-round loss, but he lost a consolation semifinal 3-2 to Marysville's David Sparks and the fifth-place match 5-3 to Connor Borton of Olentangy Orange.

Of the six Raiders who qualified for district, none finished in the top four of their weight class and, therefore, did not advance to the state tournament, which begins Thursday, March 1, and runs through Saturday, March 3, at Ohio State.

"I just feel for the all the guys that are seniors here who were competing," coach Jared Ball said. "Greg and Xander and (senior) Lawrence (Tackett, who competes at 132) and all those guys, they poured their hearts out for four years.They worked hard in the room and got better each and every day. You just want to see kids who work that hard reach and achieve their goals. It's hard to see them fall a little bit short, but in the end, they'll be better off for it. It's a learning experience. If that's the worst thing that ever happens to them in their lives, then they're doing pretty good."

Chang, who fell into the consolation bracket by losing 6-4 in overtime to Hilliard Davidson's Jake Davis, finished 25-15.

Straughter lost 4-2 to St. Charles' Tim Rooney in a consolation semifinal then fell 8-0 to Franklin Heights' Brad Kakos in the fifth-place match to finish 33-9.

The Raiders scored 19 points to tie St. Charles for 26th behind champion Marysville (174).

Among Reynoldsburg's other district qualifiers, Tackett (132, 17-21) and junior Jordan Reed (195, 24-17) both went 1-2 and senior heavyweight Kyle Teasley was 0-2. Teasley finished the season 6-17.

Senior Will Boykin, who finished second at 126 in the Watkins Memorial sectional on Feb. 18 to qualify for district, missed the tournament because of an injury. He went 23-13.

Reynoldsburg went 3-4 in the OCC-Ohio Division to tie Gahanna and Grove City for fourth behind champion Lancaster (7-0), Pickerington North (6-1) and Pickerington Central (5-2) and ahead of Groveport (1-6) and Newark (0-7).

The Raiders were fourth (162.5) at sectional behind champion Lancaster (220.5).

The Raiders lose seven seniors in Boykin, Chang, Straughter, Tackett, Teasley, Donald Fuller and Tesean Glubka. Expected key contributors for next year include juniors Nick Johnston (152, 25-13) and Reed and sophomores James Love (170, 22-15) and Andrew McBane (138, 2-11).

"As a team, I thought we showed gradual improvement, but not the kind of improvement we needed to see overall to get to the next level," Ball said. "The one thing I can't say enough is how great this senior class has been. They've worked their tails off and made my job a lot easier coaching them."