It was a successful day on and off the mat for the Westland High School wrestling program on Feb. 19.

It was a successful day on and off the mat for the Westland High School wrestling program on Feb. 19.

The Cougars played host to a Division I sectional, and a near capacity crowd watched wrestlers from 13 teams compete for district tournament berths.

The top four from each weight class advanced to district Feb. 25-26 at Hilliard Darby, and Westland qualified two for the next round. Exodus King won the 189-pound title and Scottie Haslam finished second at 125.

King defeated three opponents to win his weight class at sectional. King, the third seed, beat top-seeded Jedidiah Bressman of Worthington Kilbourne 6-2 in the final.

"I had expectations that I was going to get to districts, but I didn't know if I was going to be champion or not," said King, a senior who was 25-11 entering district.

"Most of my losses have been close. I think I'm pretty good. I have my weaknesses and strengths like everybody else, but I believe I'm all right."

Haslam, seeded second, lost in the final to top-seeded Ben Davis of Lancaster 4-3 to fall to 37-7.

Other place finishers for Westland at sectional were Jacob Ball at 112 (sixth), Cameron Ray at 119 (fifth) and Zach Hall at 215 (sixth).

Westland finished 11th (79 points) behind first-place Lancaster (180).

First-year coach Bret Busby was pleased with the event.

"I was very impressed with the parents in the hospitality room," Busby said. "I was very impressed with our stat girls. These girls did a beautiful job, and I was really happy with the wrestlers. It is sad day when some of their careers are over with, but it is also a joyous day that we have some people moving on to the next week. They laid it on the line, and they got to the district tournament."

The top four wrestlers in each weight class at district advanced to the state tournament Thursday through Saturday, March 3-5, at Ohio State.

•The boys basketball team's season ended with a 90-59 loss to Gahanna in a Division I district tournament first-round game on Feb. 22 at Lakewood.

The Cougars finished 4-17 overall and 2-12 in the OCC-Central Division.

Westland remained competitive throughout the first half against the Lions, leading 19-18 after one quarter and keeping the deficit near 10 points for most of the second quarter.

But the fourth-seeded Lions used a late second-quarter run to take a 42-25 lead at halftime.

Westland trailed 60-47 after three quarters and Gahanna pulled away in the fourth.

Senior Chase Blankenship led the Cougars with 17 points and sophomore J.J. Smith scored 14.

"Gahanna is very athletic and a very talented team," Westland coach Todd Parker said. "Guard play in high school is always pretty important and they have Stevie Taylor, who does a real nice job."

•The girls basketball team closed a winless season with a 75-16 loss to Olentangy Orange in a Division I district tournament first-round game Feb. 17 at Olentangy.

The Cougars finished 0-21 overall and 0-14 in the OCC-Central.

Third-seeded Orange took a 21-2 lead after one quarter. Senior Logan Horn scored seven points for the Cougars.

"Orange added some height this year as opposed to what they were last year," Westland coach Hugo Quint said. "Orange is a good basketball team. How far they'll go (in the tournament), I don't know, but they're a good basketball team."


Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Westland boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics and wrestling teams:


*Feb. 18 - Defeated Central Crossing 47-38. J.J. Smith led Westland with 18 points and Zac Buchwalter had 15. Feb. 22 - Lost to Gahanna 90-59 in first round of Division I district tournament

Of note: The Cougars finished 4-17 overall and 2-12 in the OCC-Central.


Feb. 17 - Lost to Olentangy Orange 75-16 in first round of Division I district tournament

Of note: The Cougars finished 0-21 overall.


Feb. 26 - Competed in district meet at Worthington Kilbourne. The top three teams and top eight individuals in each event, including the all-around, advanced to state March 4-5 at Hilliard Bradley.


Feb. 19 - Finished 11th (79) in 13-team Division I home sectional behind champion Lancaster (180). District qualifiers were Scott Haslam (125, 3-1, second) and Exodus King (189, 3-0, first). Others competing were Jacob Ball (112, 1-3), Eric Byers (140, 1-2), Jesse Carmack (171, 0-2), Zach Hall (215, 2-3), Sean Harper (160, 0-2), Alec Morstadt (152, 0-2), Cameron Ray (152, 3-2), Tyler Thomas (135, 0-2) and Devyn Van Handel (130, 0-2). Feb. 25-26 - Competed in district tournament at Hilliard Darby. The top four in each weight class advanced to state March 3-5 at Ohio State.

*OCC-Central game