The DeSales High School wrestling team will be going for its 10th consecutive Division II district title Friday and Saturday at Heath, and it should have enough firepower available to make it possible.

The DeSales High School wrestling team will be going for its 10th consecutive Division II district title Friday and Saturday at Heath, and it should have enough firepower available to make it possible.

In winning the Licking Heights sectional last Saturday -- DeSales had 259 points to finish ahead of Licking Valley (210) -- the Stallions qualified 13 of their 14 wrestlers to district.

The Stallions preserved through a tough schedule this during the regular season, and when it came down to the sectional they were confident other teams hadn't gone through what they had gone through.

"We wrestled a really difficult schedule this year," said Reno Bernardo, who was first at 160 pounds last Saturday to improve to 36-7 overall. "We had several teams that were ranked in the top 10 in the nation. Wrestling those kinds of teams, you definitely feel a little more confident walking into a sectional"

Bernardo was one of four DeSales wrestlers to win championships last Saturday. The champions will face fourth-place finishers from other sectionals in the first round.

Sal Carfagna (152, 33-8 overall), Marcus Keuchler (171, 36-6) and Jake Vaughn (130, 38-2) also won titles.

More indication that DeSales was peaking was that Tyler Ricevuto, who hadn't won a match all season, ended up qualifying for the district tournament. Ricevuto finished fourth at 103 and moved to 3-26 overall.

"The hard part about our schedule is we had to keep positive through everything," coach Dennis Lyberger said. " That was our main focus, staying positive. I think they realized what was going on. Let's make it through the schedule and see. If you are state-placer or a state champ, nobody is going to remember what your record was."

The Stallions scored 175.5 points to win the district title last year ahead of runner-up Cambridge (144). Seven Stallions qualified to the state tournament, including returnees Brian McGovern (119, second in sectional), Carfagna and Vaughn.

Lyberger said Cadiz Harrison Central will present a major hurdle between the Stallions and another district title. Harrison Central defeated DeSales 37-26 on Jan. 11 in the Division II state duals.

•The boys swimming team finished fourth (188) in the Division II district meet behind New Albany (353), Olentangy (269), Columbus Academy (208).

Two individuals and a relay made it to the state meet, which is Friday and Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Last year only Carl Svagerko qualified to state. This year he is joined by Cooper Staton, who was second in the 50-yard freestyle (21.34 seconds) and 100 free (47.84) last Saturday. He is seeded fourth in the 50 free and eighth in the 100 free for the state meet.

"It's exciting to make it," Staton said. "Last year only Carl made it and this year our 200 free relay and 400 free relay also made it. We're taking a large group this year."

Staton joined Jay Osborn, Jordan Hoenig and Svagerko on the third-place 200 free relay (1:30.36). It is seeded 10th for the state meet. Staton also joined Hoenig, Bud Burchett and Carl Svagerko on the third-place 400 free relay (3:19.62), which is seeded ninth.

Svagerko won the 100 butterfly (51.0) and was third in the 100 free (48.17) and is seeded second in the 100 fly and 10th in the 100 free.

Svagerko was ninth (51.02) in the 100 fly at the state meet last year.

The girls team was 27th (15) behind champion New Albany (527) at district and qualified two individuals and a relay to state.

Kristin Hrabowy advanced in diving after finishing fourth (312.8) last Saturday. Suzanne Hrabowy will compete in the 50 free and the 100 free. She was second in the 100 free (53.4) at district and is seeded seventh. In the 50 free she was second (24.71) and is seeded 11th.

The 200 medley relay of Andrea Devakul, Hannah Svagerko, Kaiti Boling, Suzanne Hrabowy was third (1:54.82) at district and is seeded 13th.

"I think there is a lot of enthusiasm walking into (the state meet)," coach Mandy Rod said. "We need to make sure we stay focused on our goals and getting to the finals on Saturday."

At a glance

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


*Last Friday -- Defeated Watterson 60-49. Nick Kellogg scored 20 points and Nick Goff had 15.

Saturday -- At Grove City vs. Amanda-Clearcreek or Whitehall in second round of Division II district tournament. The winner will play Bexley, Buckeye Valley or London in a district semifinal March 6 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. The Stallions are seeded first and have a first-round bye.

Of note: The Stallions are 17-3 overall and finished 9-1 in the CCL.


Feb. 18 -- Def. Whitehall 57-22 in first round of Division II district tournament. Erin Doone scored 12 points.

Last Tuesday -- Played River Valley in second round. The winner will play fifth-seeded Granville or sixth-seeded Mifflin in a district semifinal Tuesday at Pickerington North. The winner of that contest will play third-seeded Eastmoor, seventh-seeded Beechcroft, Buckeye Valley or Canal Winchester in a district final March 6 at North.

Of note: The Stallions were 16-5 before last Tuesday.

*CCL game


Saturday -- At district at Worthington Kilbourne

March 6-7 -- At state at Hilliard Darby


Last Saturday -- Def. St. Charles 3-2 (2OT) in first round of district tournament

Last Sunday -- Lost to Centerville 3-2 in second round

Of note: The Stallions finished 10-15-2.


Last Friday-Saturday -- Boys: Finished fourth (188) in Division II district meet behind champion New Albany (353). State qualifiers with event, district time and state seed were Cooper Staton (50 free, 21.34, fourth; 100 free, 47.84, eighth), Carl Svagerko (100 fly, 51.0, second; 100 free, 48.17, 10th), the 200 free relay (1:30.36, 10th) and the 400 free relay (3:19.62, ninth). Others who competed were Bud Burchett (50 free, 23.6), Jordan Hoenig (100 breast, 1:05.5), Ben Logan (diving, 259.7), Jay Osborn (100 breast, 1:06.57), Blake Spellacy (100 back, 1:03.56), Marcus Williams (100 fly, 58.22), 200 medley relay (1:48.76); Girls: Finished 27th (15) behind champion New Albany (527) in Division II district meet. State qualifiers with event, district time and state seed were Kristin Hrabowy (diving, 312.8), Suzanne Hrabowy (50 free, 24.71, 11th; 100 free, 53.4, seventh) and the 200 medley relay (1:54.82, 13th). Others who competed were Kaiti Boling (100 fly, 1:04.93; 100 free, 58.67), Andrea Devakul (200 IM, 2:19.65; 100 back 1:02.52), Kara Goodman (500 free, 5:41.38, 10th; 100 back, 1:06.19), Kelsey Peterson (200 free, 2:14.72, 100 free, 1:00.72), Hannah Svagerko (200 IM, 2:26.59; 100 breast, 1:15.2), 200 free relay (1:46.57) and the 400 free relay (4:10.88)

Friday-Saturday -- At state meet at Canton


Last Saturday -- Finished first (259) ahead of runner-up Licking Valley (210) in Division II sectional at Heath. District qualifiers were Reno Bernardo (160, first), Malcolm Burrell (189, third), Sal Carfagna (152, first), Myles Grimard (135, third), Danny Harr (125, second), Dan Kelly (140, third), Marcus Keuchler (171, first), Joseph Lyberger (145, fourth), Brian McGovern (119, second), Dominic Pizzurro (112, second), Tyler Ricevuto (103, fourth), Jake Smith (heavyweight, fourth), Jake Vaughn (130, first)

Friday-Saturday -- At district at Heath. The top four in each weight class will advance to state March 5-7 at Ohio State.