The Delaware Hayes High School wrestling team didn't quite match its goal of qualifying seven individuals to the Division I district tournament, but having five at district last Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby was a much better showing than last season when only two advanced.

The Delaware Hayes High School wrestling team didn't quite match its goal of qualifying seven individuals to the Division I district tournament, but having five at district last Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby was a much better showing than last season when only two advanced.

Competing at district were Seth McCurdy (103 pounds), Greg Flaglor (119), Michael Austin (125), Mark Rieman (140) and Christion Brooks (189).

All finished in the top four of their weight classes in the sectional Feb. 21 at Pickerington North. The top four at district advanced to state, which will be Thursday through Saturday at Ohio State.

Flaglor, Austin and Rieman finished sixth at sectional last year.

The Pacers scored 92 points to finish eighth in the 13-team field at North behind champion Central Crossing (227.5).

"I thought we competed very well," coach Josh Heffernan said. "I'm happy with the way the boys approached matches. We were intense and expecting to win."

Delaware did not have a sectional champion, but McCurdy and Austin were runners-up.

McCurdy lost 17-1 to the top seed, Lancaster's Logan Strope, who pinned his three other opponents in less than two minutes. McCurdy pinned fourth-seeded Dylan Pauley of Mount Vernon in 4:37 and second-seeded Austin Marsico of North in 1:11 to reach the final.

"It was unexpected to do that well," said McCurdy, who was 24-20 entering district. "I just didn't know I'd do that well. These seniors have kind of taken me under their wing and showed me what varsity wrestling is like. They've been a great help. It was overwhelming early this year, but they helped me fit in and relax a little."

Austin was pinned by Mount Vernon's Mason Smith in 2:58 in the final. The score was tied at the time of the pin. Austin reached the final by pinning Olentangy Liberty's Anthony Michael in 5:57 and beating Worthington Kilbourne's Andrew Taylor 6-5.

"I'm still excited about finishing second, just not quite as excited as I would have been to win," Austin said. "(The final) was a good match, but that's not the way I wanted it to end. It was one of those things that happens. Even though I am nursing some injuries, for the most part, I feel like I'm on top of my game."

Rieman and Flaglor went 3-1 in the tournament and finished third.

Rieman beat Cody Wimer of Central Crossing 5-3 in his last match. His loss was to Gahanna's Matt Nelson 4-1 in a semifinal. Rieman entered district at 41-7.

Flaglor, a district qualifier two years ago as a sophomore, beat Dublin Jerome's Casey Nicholson 2-0 in the third-place match after losing his semifinal to eventual champion Matt Belcher of Mount Vernon 16-0. Flaglor was 33-8 entering district.

Brooks finished fourth, falling to Worthington Kilbourne's Greg Muenchow 6-5 in the third-place match. He went 3-2, winning his first two matches. He then lost to Kwan Bailey of Groveport 7-1 before beating Gahanna's Nick Brown 11-4 in a district-qualifying match. He was 32-13 entering district.

Other Pacers who won matches were Joe Sumner (1-2 at 160) and Ben Williams (1-2 at 171). Also competing were Matt Giannakos (130), Brent Spivey (135), Joel Calfe (145), Michael Kalista (152) and Tyler Daugherty (215).

•The season ended for the boys and girls swimming teams at the Division I district meet Feb. 21 at Ohio State as no Pacer advanced to state.

Still, coach Bill Rietz was pleased because the Pacers set many personal- and season-best times.

"We had a fast performance at district," Rietz said. "Only three of our 12 swimmers had competed at district before. Those three were seniors Andrew Koukis, Kyla Lett and Marissa Schlabach. Andrew had personal-bests in three of his four swims. Marissa had one personal-best and three season-bests and Kyla had four season-bests.

"Even our underclassmen had their best swims at the right time of the season. They were all focused to swim their best and they did just that. It put an exclamation point on a solid season."

Freshman Jessica Ward had four personal-bests and set a program record in the 100-yard butterfly when she finished in 59.98. She was eighth in the meet and her time was the 30th-best in the state in Division I. The top 24 times in each event qualified to the state meet, which concluded last Saturday in Canton. Ward tied the previous record in the sectional when her time of 1:01.26 matched the time of Catey Dominguez from 2004.

Despite advancing to district in eight events, the girls team had just 12 on its roster. The Pacers will lose five seniors in Lett, Schlabach, Abbie Mack, Kasey Parker and Devin Weiser. Expected to return to join Ward are juniors Sidsel Bruntse, Emily Carroll, Courtney Hamilton and Jacie Nowland, sophomores Abby Hoovler and Abby Kremer.

The girls finished sixth (95) in the sectional Feb. 14 at Thomas Worthington as Liberty (323.5) was first in a field of 14. In the OCC-Capital Division meet Jan. 31, the Pacers were second (239) behind host New Albany (489) and ahead of Mount Vernon (186.5), Orange (111), Watkins Memorial (87) and Big Walnut (40).

The boys team will lose seniors Koukis, Ray Chittock and Ben Pohlman.

Expected to return are juniors David Ayscue, Jordan Nicol, John Shaver and Will Wright, sophomores Tyler Kelly, Nate Planisek, Joel Simpson, Matt Swisher, Sam Thompson, Josh Tripper and Joe Kinney, as well as freshmen Hyeon Bae, Charlie Darrough, Spencer Deighton and Clayton Zahler.

The Pacers finished ninth (72) of 13 teams in the sectional at Thomas behind champion Dublin Scioto (184), qualifying in nine events to district. They were third (207) behind New Albany (459) and Mount Vernon (307) and ahead of Orange (85), Watkins Memorial (45) and Big Walnut (11) in the league meet.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Delaware Hayes boys and girls bowling, gymnastics, boys and girls swimming and wrestling teams:


Last Saturday -- Competed at district at HP Lanes. The top three boys teams and individuals and the top two girls teams and individuals qualified to state at Tiki Lanes on Friday (girls) and Saturday (boys).


Last Saturday -- Competed at district at Worthington Kilbourne. The top three teams and top eight individuals in each event and the all-around qualified to the state meet Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby.


Feb. 21-22 -- Boys: Finished 19th (34) of 21 scoring teams behind champion St. Charles (496) in Division I district meet at Ohio State. No Pacers qualified to state. Competing were Andrew Koukis (100 fly, 55.32, 10th; 100 back, 56.77, 10th), David Ayscue (50 free, 23.38, 19th; 100 free, 52.58, 23rd), Jordan Nicol (100 fly, 59.30, 23rd; 500 free, 5:26.05, 26th), Will Wright (100 back, 1:01.45, 26th), Ray Chittock (100 breast, 1:11.51, 30th), the 200 free relay (1:34.24, 13th), the 400 free relay (3:32.68, 13th) and the 200 medley relay (1:50.56, 15th); Girls: Finished 15th (43) of 20 scoring teams behind champion Upper Arlington (604). No Pacers advanced to state. Competing were Kyla Lett (500 free, 5:34.92, 16th; 200 free, 2:06.20, 18th), Jessica Ward (100 fly, 59.98, eighth), Abby Kremer (200 free, 2:04.94, 14th), Abby Hoovler (200 IM, 2:27.71, 26th), Marissa Schlabach (50 free, 26.66, 31st), the 200 free relay (1:44.15, 11th), the 400 free relay (3:50.99, 12th) and the 200 medley relay (1:59.04, 14th).