The Whetstone High School wrestling and boys swimming and diving teams left their events last Saturday feeling fortunate to be competing for another week.

The Whetstone High School wrestling and boys swimming and diving teams left their events last Saturday feeling fortunate to be competing for another week.

For Wade Westbrook, a diver, it was all about living up to expectations as he entered the Division I district meet at Ohio State as the fifth seed and ended up in that spot to earn the final state-qualifying berth.

Dustin Dutcher of the wrestling team was fifth at 171 pounds at the Division I sectional at Watkins Memorial as only the top four moved on, but he is expected to compete at the district tournament Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby because of an injury to fourth-place finisher Willie Tatum of Pickerington Central.

Westbrook's finish gives Whetstone at least one boy at the state swimming and diving meet for the fourth consecutive season. His score of 344.9 beat Worthington Kilbourne's Hunter Atha (338.1) by just more than six points as he finished behind champion Christian Holstein (556.0) of Upper Arlington.

"He was a very solid fifth for the entire meet," coach John DeRing said. "There were some guys that gave a run at him, but he only had one bad dive out of 11. He had three dives that were 2.2 (degree of difficulty), one that was a 2.3 and one that was a 2.0. His last dive was a 2.3 grade difficulty and he did well on it.

"After eight dives, we knew he was in fifth because one of the scorers had let me know. I said, 'I know we're going to Canton.' He said, 'Don't say that.' He was jumping up and down, very excited when he made it."

Dutcher, who lost his opening match to eventual district runner-up Patrick Rigsby of St. Charles 20-4 but won his first two matches in the backdraw, lost to Tatum 16-7 in his match to qualify for district. Tatum had to be carried off the mat after the match, however, and defaulted his next match.

Dutcher was aware that he could be in line to advance to district if he won his match for fifth place, and he responded by pinning Teays Valley's Davin Brown in 1 minute, 57 seconds.

If Tatum defaults as expected, it will mark the eighth consecutive year that Whetstone has had at least one wrestler at district.

"It was pretty nice to (beat Brown)," Dutcher said. "I thought my shot was over."

•The girls basketball team lost to fourth-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley 73-25 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 18 to finish 6-14 overall.

The Braves, who tied Centennial and East for sixth at 3-11 behind Northland (14-0), Brookhaven (12-2), Mifflin (9-5), Beechcroft (6-8) and Linden-McKinley (6-8) in the City League-North Division, loses one senior in Asia Taylor.

After signing a letter of intent last November to play for Louisville, Taylor averaged 27.0 points over the first 16 games before suffering a leg and ankle injury in the second quarter of a 48-28 loss to Mifflin on Feb. 2 that forced her to miss the remainder of the season.

Taylor closed her prep career with 1,439 points (19.1 points per game), 1,027 rebounds (13.6) and 314 blocked shots (4.1) and shot 46 percent from the floor and 35 percent from 3-point range.

The Braves lost their final four after Taylor's injury.

Expected to lead the returnees are junior Kasey Althouse and sophomores Haley Buskirk and Katie Fuller, all of whom been starters the last two years. Sophomore Shelby Shaeffer and freshmen Symiah Campbell and Chivia Jones are others eligible to return.

The Braves had won four of their last five before Taylor's injury.

"It was definitely a learning experience for our players and for me this year," first-year coach Doug Kohler said. "Next year we'll have three players who will pretty much be three-year starters in Fuller, Buskirk and Althouse. I'm going to talk to them about playing for an AAU team this summer, and we're planning to be in the Hilliard Darby summer league."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Whetstone boys basketball, boys and girls swimming and diving and wrestling teams:


Feb. 17 -- Defeated Briggs 76-52

Last Tuesday -- Played Franklin Heights in first round of Division I district tournament. The winner will play Independence in the second round at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Jonathan Alder, with the winner of that advancing to a district semifinal March 7 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum against Central Crossing, Dublin Jerome, top-seeded Northland or Watkins Memorial.

Of note: The Braves were 13-7 before last Tuesday.


Last Friday-Saturday -- Boys: Finished 17th (47) in 21-team Division I district meet at Ohio State. Wade Westbrook was fifth (344.9) in diving to earn the final state-qualifying berth. Also competing were Zach Rhodes in the 50 free (15th, 23.03) and 100 free (17th, 51.4), Karl Fredal in the 50 free (21st, 23.52) and 100 free (25th, 52.65), John Plisga in the 200 free (28th, 2:00.38) and 100 fly (28th, 1:00.42), Sam Thomas in the 100 breast (13th, 1:04.81) and 200 IM (17th, 2:07.58), the 200 free relay (11th, program-record 1:33.56), the 400 free relay (20th, 3:56.86), the 200 medley relay (12th, program-record 1:46.11) and Owen Irwin in diving (12th, 251.4); Girls: Did not score in Division I district meet. The 200 free relay finished 18th (1:50.03), the 200 medley relay was 19th (2:03.91) and the 400 free relay was disqualified.

Today -- Westbrook will compete at 2 p.m. in the Division I state diving meet in C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.


Last Saturday -- Finished 11th (46.5) in 13-team Division I sectional at Watkins Memorial behind champion Teays Valley (257.5). Dustin Dutcher (171), Ben Leach (130) and Spencer Tuttle (103) finished fifth and Joe Tuttle (135) placed sixth. Dutcher is expected to compete at district because of an injury to fourth-place finisher Willie Tatum of Pickerington Central.

Friday-Saturday -- At district tournament at Hilliard Darby. Dutcher, who is 22-13, is expected to face Reynoldsburg's Jeremy Cook in the first round. The top four in each weight class will advance to state March 5-7 at Ohio State.