Westerville Central High School senior wrestler Tre' Bogetich will look to reach a four-year dream when he competes in the Division I district tournament Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4, at Hilliard Darby.
Bogetich is looking for his first state berth after placing sixth at 132 pounds at district last season to finish 44-11. He was a state alternate as a sophomore, going 4-2 at 120 at district to place fifth and finish the season 47-8.
Bogetich opened the postseason by finishing second at 132 in the 12-team Newark sectional Feb. 25. He lost to Westerville North's Josh Grant 5-2 in the final.
The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to district, where the top four in each weight qualify for state March 9-11 at Ohio State.
The Warhawks advanced four competitors to district and finished sixth (96) at sectional behind champion Olentangy Liberty (301).
"Making district doesn't mean much to me," said Bogetich, who is 49-3 on the season. "It's not the goal. The goal is to get to the next level. I need to go out and wrestle some of my best matches to get me to the goal that I've set for myself this year. Getting to state is great, but placing is better."
Senior James Schneider, who also is seeking his first state berth, finished second at sectional at 160. He reached the final, but opted not to wrestle Liberty's Kyle Lawson.
Lawson, who has committed to Oklahoma, is the defending state champion at 160 and has won three state championships. He won titles in his first two seasons at St. Paris Graham.
Coach Phil Carney was impressed by Schneider's 4-2 victory over Pickerington Central's Chance Esmont in a semifinal. Schneider is 33-13 on the season.
"I like my seed," Schneider said. "I like how everything drew out. Everyone at district is going to be a good wrestler."
Junior Cody Mayes reached the final at 145 before being pinned by Liberty's Trey Grenier in 5 minutes, 7 seconds. Mayes is 30-9 this season.
Nick DeRose went 3-2 and finished fourth at 220 and is 23-25 on the season.
"If Tre' and James wrestle like they wrestled last week, they have a great shot (of qualifying for state) and Cody wrestled real well," Carney said. "Three of our four guys have a good chance and our fourth guy (DeRose) pulled a couple upsets to get to district, and if he can win a couple matches it would be great."
Carney said Devin Stevko sustained a concussion in his semifinal match at 170 against Pickerington Central's Shota Sisco and wasn't able to continue.
"I would have been happier with five (district qualifiers)," Carney said. "Devin was unable to continue and he was more than favored to get through. Four is one more than last year, so I guess from that standpoint that's good."Video •Central gymnasts Taylor Stills and Gianna Brooks discuss qualifying for the state meet March 4 at Hilliard Bradley.
return to state
Gymnasts Taylor Stills and Gianna Brooks will make return trips to the state individual meet Saturday, March 4, at Hilliard Bradley after strong showings at district Feb. 25 at Thomas Worthington.
Brooks, a sophomore, placed fourth of 90 gymnasts in the all-around (35.675). She was first on vault (9.175), fourth on balance beam (9.0), tied for eighth on uneven bars (8.625) and tied for 10th on floor exercise (8.875).
The top nine individuals in each event and the all-around advanced to state.
"This year there were several individuals coming in, so I knew it was going to be tighter than in years past," coach Shea Stammen said. "They both knew they had to have good, strong routines to qualify. Gianna has looked great on vault all year and Taylor on floor, so I knew those two events were very strong."
Stills, a senior, qualified for state on floor, finishing second (9.175). A four-time state qualifier, she was 15th in the all-around (33.65).
Last season at state, Brooks was 15th of 36 gymnasts in the all-around (35.3). She had a 9.175 on vault (11th), 9.025 on floor, 8.75 on bars (tied for 19th) and 8.35 on beam (30th).
Stills tied for 18th on beam (8.55) and tied for 24th on floor (8.9).
At district, Central finished 21st (112.025) behind champion Thornville Sheridan (138.65) as 23 teams scored. The top three teams advanced to the state team meet Friday, March 3 at Bradley.
to district tourney
The boys and girls bowling teams qualified for the Division I district tournament Friday, March 3, at Sawmill Lanes.
"Both teams are doing really well," coach Julie Wells said. "They're doing everything we ask. We're looking forward to district. ... This is what we work for."
In the sectional Feb. 25 at Sawmill Lanes, the boys finished second (4,128) of 42 teams behind Liberty (4,168) as the top 20 teams advanced to district.
Devon Richardson was ninth of 245 bowlers with a 627 series. Cameron Gonce was 13th (618), followed by Wesley Minke (428, two games), Alex Fleetwood (235, one game), Ben Lorenz (185, one game) and Zach Gonzalez (170, one game).
The girls finished 11th (3,007) of 38 teams at sectional behind champion Briggs (3,766).
Kirsten Miller was 28th (485) of 226 bowlers. Also competing were Reace Gonzalez (431, 62nd), Amber Hockstok (188, one game), Madison Owsiany (173, one game), Summer Snyder (153, one game) and Jordan Guilbault (140, one game).
At district, the top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, with the girls competing March 10 and the boys competing March 11.
season at state
Four members of the girls swimming and diving team closed the season in the Division I state meet Feb. 24 and 25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
Freshman Macey Swearingen was 20th in the 100-yard backstroke (58.46 seconds) and joined senior Maddy Kramer, sophomore Kaila Aaron and freshman D'Nisa Oocumma on the 19th-place 200 freestyle relay (1:39.34).
It closed a strong debut season for Swearingen, who holds the program record in the 100 back (57.51). She set that in the Ned Reeb Invitational on Dec. 17 at Ohio State.
At district Feb. 18 at Ohio State, Central tied Coffman for sixth (122) behind champion Upper Arlington (433.5) as 25 teams scored.
Central finished second (234) in the OCC-Buckeye meet Jan. 28 at New Albany, behind Liberty (344) and ahead of Olentangy (219), Olentangy Orange (209), Westerville South (140) and North (117).
The boys team closed its season at district, as it tied Dublin Scioto for 25th (6) behind champion St. Charles (302) as 30 teams scored.
Senior Kevin Loushin had the top performance, finishing 15th in the 500 free (5:01.13).
The Warhawks finished sixth (84) in the league meet behind Liberty (365), Orange (279), Olentangy (227), North (148) and South (107).
Boys basketball team
to open postseason
The boys basketball team will visit fifth-seeded Northland in the second round of the Division I district tournament Friday, March 3.
The 37th-seeded Warhawks had a first-round bye and are 5-18.
"Northland has a lot of size and athleticism," coach Dono-von Barrett said. "Especially on its smaller court, this can be a problem if we aren't strong with the ball."
The winner plays fourth-seeded UA or 41st-seeded Darby in a semifinal Wednesday, March 8, at a site to be announced. Central lost to UA 54-47 in overtime Dec. 21 but did not play Darby this season.
The district final is March 11 at Ohio Dominican.
Girls basketball team
finishes with one win
The girls basketball team lost at third-seeded Pickerington Central 44-27 in the second round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 24 to finish 1-22 overall.
Sophomore guard/post player Ashley Kramer led the 43rd-seeded Warhawks with eight points. She was named special mention all-OCC-Buckeye.
Central defeated Lakewood 46-35 on Jan. 21.
Lexi Todd, a guard who was one of three seniors, was honorable mention all-league.
Other players eligible to return are juniors Casey George (guard), Brianna Smith (post player), Grace Stille (post player) and Sam Wyatt (guard) and sophomore Michayla Brenning (guard).
The Warhawks went 0-10 in the OCC-Buckeye to finish sixth behind Liberty (8-2), North (7-3), South (7-3), Olentangy (6-4) and Olentangy Orange (2-8).