Ready High School wrestler Dalton Scott picked the right time to have a rough weekend.

Ready High School wrestler Dalton Scott picked the right time to have a rough weekend.

On Feb. 18 in a Division III sectional tournament at Cardington, the Silver Knights finished fifth and had only four individuals advance to district.

Scott split his four matches at sectional but advanced to the next round with a fourth-place finish at 120 pounds.

With what he deemed a disappointing finish as motivation, Scott pinned Bloom-Carroll's Sam Regoli in 5 minutes, 12 seconds in his district opener Feb. 24 at Heath to begin a run that ended with a championship the next day.

Scott will be joined at the state tournament, which runs Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at Ohio State, by fellow sophomores Bobby Smith (126) and Patrik Garren (heavyweight).

"It felt pretty good since I had an off week the week before," Scott said. "I just didn't wrestle the way I could (at sectional). I kind of fed off of (my previous performance) ... more than I normally do."

Scott is 26-9 and will open state against Jamestown Greeneview's Andrew Hoskins (42-10). Last season, Scott was fifth at district at 119 and attended the state tournament as an alternate.

Scott won 8-7 in a district semifinal over West Lafayette Ridgewood's Cole Zeigler, who had won the sectional at Cardington. Scott's 9-3 win over Cardington's Adam Reed in the final gave him a No. 1 seed for state.

Ready placed sixth (80) at district behind champion Nelsonville-York (129.5) as 48 teams scored.

"He came ready to wrestle," coach Chance Van Gundy said of Scott. "We knew Dalton had it in him because he went into the sectional as a No. 1 seed. The way we looked at it was that our sectional might have been as tough as the district. He just got hot at the right time."

Smith, who is a projected state champion in Brian Brakeman's High School Wrestling Forecast, is 37-2 and opens state against Tiffin Calvert's Joe Brodman (39-7).

Last season, Smith finished fifth at 103 and with a 43-4 overall record. His performance, combined with 2011 graduate Josh Hall's sixth-place finish at 112, gave Ready a 35th-place (18) state finish behind champion Bedford Chanel (99).

Garren and Smith each won titles for the third consecutive week after both placed first in the CCL tournament on Feb. 11 and at sectional.

Garren is 37-5 and will open state against Mansfield Ontario's Josh Collins (30-9).

At district, Garren edged Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley's Joe Newsome 2-1 to capture the title. After pinning Meigs' Zach Sheets in 1:40 in his opener, Garren beat Martins Ferry's Jonathon Bodkin 3-1 and St. Clairsville's Corey Earnest 6-5 to reach the final.

Smith beat West Jefferson's Gennar Feucht 3-1 in a district final but struggled to get past Nelsonville-York's Thomas McLaughlin 4-3 in a semifinal.

Also competing at district for Ready was sophomore Patrick Stover, who went 2-3 and placed sixth at 145. He finished with a 20-9 record.

"I wouldn't say that Patrik was dominating, but he's a district champion as well," Van Gundy said. "He wrestled well in big matches and was pretty pumped to win his last match. (Smith) had a tough district. He's the projected state champion in the Brakeman, but he's also No. 2 in another ranking that's pretty legitimate. I always make it a point to stress that there are five or six kids that could win the whole thing. Bobby's definitely in the running.

"All of that is not to exclude Patrick Stover. He took sixth, so he still had a pretty good tournament."

•The boys basketball team played third-seeded Mount Gilead in the second round of the Division III district tournament Feb. 29 at Central Crossing.

A 51-32 win over Northridge in the first round on Feb. 22 at the same site snapped an 11-game losing streak and improved the Silver Knights' record to 8-13.

The Ready-Mount Gilead winner will play second-seeded Columbus Academy or Berne Union in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Central Crossing. The district final is 8:30 p.m. March 8 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, where the opponent would be fourth-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek, eighth-seeded Johnstown, Horizon Science or North Union.

Against Northridge, Doug Strickler scored 13 points, Brady Taylor had nine points and seven rebounds and Josh Gantz also scored nine.

Ready led 25-17 by halftime and outscored the Vikings 14-4 in the fourth quarter. Northridge finished 9-12.

"Coming off an 11-game losing streak, we finally came out and won, so it was good," Gantz said. "Since our last win, we've been kind of down on ourselves. Our whole team attacked the basket and we were at the free-throw line a lot."

Ready's last win before beating Northridge came Jan. 3 when it defeated Fairbanks 59-31. The Silver Knights opened the season by winning seven of their first nine.

"We have great kids, but we had a tough part of our schedule the last few weeks and got emotionally beat up," coach Don Worstell said. "(Strickler's) a good athlete, a good kid and he's competitive. I also thought we used our depth."