Although four members of the Delaware Hayes High School wrestling team placed in the Division I sectional, only two kept their postseason hopes alive.

Although four members of the Delaware Hayes High School wrestling team placed in the Division I sectional, only two kept their postseason hopes alive.

Sophomore Seth McCurdy and senior Joe Sumner competed in the district tournament at Hilliard Darby last Friday and Saturday and had to finish in the top four in their weight classes to reach the state tournament Thursday through Saturday at Ohio State.

In the sectional Feb. 20 at Watkins Memorial, McCurdy was runner-up at 103 pounds and Sumner was third at 171. In addition, junior Ben Williams was fifth at 189 and sophomore Colton Christner was sixth at heavyweight. The Pacers totaled 59 points to finish 10th behind champion Marysville (243) in the 13-team event.

McCurdy led Westerville North's Joe Herrera in the 103 championship before getting caught and pinned in 2 minutes, 56 seconds.

"It was a little disappointing to lose like that after leading," said McCurdy, who entered district with a 32-8 record. "He got me in a three-quarter nelson and once I was on my back, there was nowhere to go. I didn't know how to defend that move, but (coach Josh Heffernan) showed me how to stay out of it now."

McCurdy went 1-2 at district last season to finish 25-22. None of the five Pacers advanced to state.

"Seth wrestled a great sectional," Heffernan said. "He was dominant all day long in every position -- top, bottom and neutral. He simply got caught in the finals match."

McCurdy opened by pinning Gahanna's Jack Prior in 47 seconds, then pinning Marysville's Cody Sobas in 1:16 before beating Franklin Heights' Brad Kakos 7-1.

Sumner was 38-9 before making his first trip to district. He went 4-1 at sectional, pinning Dublin Scioto's Brandan Carbajal in 2:45 and beating Marysville's Logan Burns 12-6 before losing to Brookhaven's Louis Ford 4-1. Ford went on to finish second, getting pinned by Westerville North's Josh Demas in 4:21 in the final.

"Sumner wrestled very well, too," Heffernan said. "His bracket had a lot of very, very good wrestlers in it. Joe beat a good Scioto kid in the first round and a very tough freshman from Marysville, a kid who was undefeated, in the second. Then, he dropped a very close match to Ford."

Sumner rebounded with consecutive pins, beating Upper Arlington's Connor Grannis in 2:07 and in the third-place match taking out Worthington Kilbourne's Ryan Bott in 2:32.

Williams lost his opener to Marysville's Aaron Brofford 10-8, then defeated Franklin Heights' Nathan Johnson 6-0 and New Albany's Louis Zuk 2-0 to reach the district-qualifying match where he lost to Upper Arlington's Joe Quaranta 12-4. He pinned Teays Valley's Jamie Orr in 2:05 in the fifth-place match to finish the season 24-18.

"I'm very proud of Ben's finish," Heffernan said. "He had a great season and far surpassed our expectations. ... He had 26 wins at 189 and he's probably wrestling up a weight class or two. He'll definitely be a guy who we'll expect big things from next year."

Christner lost to Dublin Scioto's Matt Travis 6-0 in the first round, beat Davis Hickey of Briggs 4-3, then lost a district-qualifying match to Westerville North's Mitch Cousins 4-2. He ran out of gas and was pinned in 4:45 by Teays Valley's Jamie Sharp in the fifth-place match. Christner finished 10-15.

Senior co-captain Michael Kalista went 0-2 at 145 to finish 21-22. Competing at 215, junior Tyler Daugherty went 1-2 to also finish 21-22. Sophomore Joel Calfe went 1-2 at 152 to finish 10-13.