The string of Division I sectional titles for the Reynoldsburg High School wrestling team ended at three last Saturday.

The string of Division I sectional titles for the Reynoldsburg High School wrestling team ended at three last Saturday.

Now the main question is whether the Raiders have what it takes to make sure the string of district titles doesn't end at three as well.

Reynoldsburg finished third (198 points) in the Westland sectional last Saturday behind Hilliard Davidson (203.5) and Marysville (199.5). The district tournament is Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby. The Raiders scored 130 points to win their third consecutive district title last year ahead of runner-up Westerville North (96.5).

"We all talk about that," said Conrad Chang, who finished third at 125 pounds last Saturday. "We all believe in each other. Last year they said we're nothing. No one had heard of most of us. Everyone had to step up and do their part."

This year the Raiders should be a bit better known. Of their nine district qualifiers, eight competed in the district tournament last year. Beavercreek and Teays Valley will have the most representatives in the district tournament with 11 and Central Crossing has 10. Davidson also sent nine wrestlers to the district tournament and Marysville sent eight.

Coach Jason Allen gave his team a B grade for the sectional tournament. Isaiah Allen (130, 28-5 overall), Tommy Sasfy (140, 30-1) and Jeremy Cook (171, 23-10) won championships and Greg Chang (103, 20-14), Josh Nein (112, 20-12), Christian Tennant (189, 24-9) and Jordan Marerro (heavyweight, 25-9) were second. Zach Hartsell (135, 16-14) was fourth.

"With seven guys in the finals we set ourselves up for the district tournament," coach Allen said.

"It's going to be up for grabs. Marysville, Davidson, Central Crossing, Teays Valley, everyone is capable of winning the district."

All of the Raiders except Hartsell will enter the district tournament as the higher seed for their first-round matches. Isaiah Allen said it was important to him to avoid finishing fourth in the sectional like he did last year.

All fourth-place finishers will have to wrestle against a sectional champion from another site.

"(Placing first in the sectional) really makes it a lot easier to get to the semifinals," he said. "Last year I wrestled (sectional champion Kyle Weaver of Olentangy) and he beat me."

Isaiah Allen said he's hoping to have a chance to wrestle Central Crossing's Austin Sanders, the Pickerington North sectional champion, who was the top-ranked wrestler at 130 in the Division I coaches poll all season. If both win out, they will meet in a final and that would mean Allen would be headed to the state tournament, which is March 5-7 at Ohio State, for the first time.

The top four in each weight class will advance to state. Last year the Raiders qualified five to the state tournament, including Sasfy and Cook. Sasfy won the district title at 135 and Cook was third at 171.