After winning the program's first district title, the Central Crossing High School wrestling team is looking for more.

After winning the program's first district title, the Central Crossing High School wrestling team is looking for more.

The Comets had six wrestlers in championship matches March 7 in the two-day Division I district tournament at Hilliard Darby and won the team title with 171.5 points. Olentangy Liberty (128) was runner-up as 37 teams scored.

The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to state Thursday, March 12, through Saturday, March 14, at Ohio State.

"Last year was the most we've taken to state with four, so this year we beat that by two," coach Jamie Ramirez said. "This is also the first year we won a district championship. That was one of our goals, not our ultimate goal."

The Comets had three individual district champions in junior Robbie Fusner (195 pounds), junior Kameron Teacher (heavyweight) and freshman Jaden Mattox (113). Senior Clayton Ray (170), junior Jackson Lakso (120) and junior James Wimer (138) were runners-up.

Sophomore Zach Collins (106) placed fifth and is a state alternate. Juniors Ethan Leapley (152) and J.D. Woods (126) both finished sixth.

Woods was a district alternate, but moved into the bracket when Groveport's Matt Miller suffered a broken left thumb during practice last week.

"J.D. came to practice (before district), worked hard and made weight, because you never know what can happen," Ramirez said. "He was an alternate to district and almost was an alternate to state."

Fusner (49-7 overall) opens state against Brunswick's Aaron Naples (38-5) and Teacher (49-0) opens against Perrysburg's Cale Bonner (42-7).

Mattox (49-2) faces Elyria's Brendon Fenton (39-12) and is in the same bracket as Wadsworth's Noah Baughman (39-3), the defending champion at 106 who defeated Mattox 8-6 in the final of the Medina Invitational Tournament on Dec. 28. Mattox has won 22 consecutive matches, including his seven postseason matches by pin or technical fall.

Lakso (46-9) opens against Aurora's Jarrod Brezovec (37-5), Wimer (41-10) faces Massillon Washington's Noah McCumbers (44-6) and Ray (30-3) competes against Springboro's Chad Salzer (32-10).

In district finals, Mattox pinned Hilliard Bradley's C.J. Campbell in 5 minutes, 1 second; Fusner defeated Thomas Worthington's A.J. Jones 3-2; Teacher beat Olentangy's Chris Crumb 7-5; Lakso lost to Teays Valley's Cameron Lathem 5-3; Wimer lost by major decision 13-4 to Liberty's Jonathan Furnas; and Ray lost to Bradley's Keegan Driscoll 10-8 in overtime.

Collins defeated Pickerington Central's Devin Johnson 3-1 in a fifth-place match to improve to 40-12. Woods lost to Upper Arlington's Thomas Cooper 3-0 in a fifth-place match to finish 19-18, and Leapley lost to Westerville North's Brandon Goldsmith 21-5 in a fifth-place match to finish 25-22.

"I don't mean to sound cocky, but we thought if we performed the way we're capable of performing that we would have a really good performance here at district," Ramirez said. "We brought nine kids and all of them placed. That's a total team effort."

Last season at state, Wimer went 1-2 at 113, Fusner was 1-2 at 195 and Lakso was 0-2 at 106.

Greyhounds fallshort of state

Grove City tied for 36th (3) at district and had no state qualifiers.

The Greyhounds had five competitors, with senior Jake Crosby (170) and sophomore Marcus Najdusak (106) both going 1-2.

Crosby defeated Licking Heights' Dereck Wilson 6-1 before losing 7-5 to Driscoll. Crosby then lost to Watkins Memorial's Max Boyd 7-5 on a late takedown to finish 32-9.

"Jake won his first-round match and then wrestled well against Driscoll," coach Jay DiMasso said. "Then there was a clock malfunction in the third period of his consolation match. The clock went from 1:05 to 5 seconds just like that and when it hit zero, there was a pause before it shot back to 47 seconds. During that glitch, Jake hesitated and (Boyd) took him down for the winning points."

Najdusak, who finished 27-6, lost to Liberty's Brakan Mead 16-0, defeated UA's Harper Nelson 2-1 in overtime and then lost to Johnson 7-6.

Senior Drew Capehart (182; 24-12 overall) and sophomores Andy Beatty (113; 15-15) and Tanner Kennaw (160; 20-15) all finished 0-2.