Hilliard Davidson High School junior wrestler Gio DiSabato had been hoping for another chance to face Jordan Rosselli after losing to the Olentangy Liberty junior in December.
The long-awaited rematch came in the Division I district tournament held March 3 and 4 at Darby, and DiSabato made the most of it, defeating Rosselli 4-3 in an ultimate tiebreaker to win the district title at 120 pounds.Videos •Watch an interview with Hilliard Davidson wrestler Gio DiSabato. •Watch an interview with Davidson boys basketball player Nick Livingston.
DiSabato had lost to Rosselli 5-0 in a semifinal in the Brecksville Holiday Tournament on Dec. 30 at Brecksville-Broadview Heights.
"Ever since December at Brecksville, I wanted to get this payback and I know I didn't wrestle my best," said DiSabato, who went 4-0 at district to improve to 45-2 on the season. "I know I deserved this district title and I deserved this win."
DiSabato, who earned his first district title, advanced to the state tournament for the third consecutive season. He will face Fremont Ross' Deshea Pettiford (29-7) in the first round Thursday, March 9, at Ohio State.
The state tournament runs through Saturday, March 11.
Last season, DiSabato went 4-2 at state and placed fourth at 106 and finished 55-3. As a freshman, he went 3-3 at state and placed sixth at 106.
"It's a big deal," DiSabato said of returning to state. "Getting to state is part of it, but I want to be a state champ this year. That's all I want to do."
DiSabato competed with a bruise around his right eye. The injury was sustained while training with junior teammate Micah Dusseau before the district tournament.
With the district final tied at 3 entering the 30-second ultimate tiebreaker, Rosselli was given the choice of top or bottom position since he had scored the match's first point in the second period. He selected bottom, but could not escape and DiSabato earned the match's decisive point.
The two could meet again at state.
"You have two great wrestlers going at it with a lot on the line," said coach Dominic DiSabato, Gio's father. "It was good for us that we came out on top, but that could have gone either way."
DiSabato will be joined at state by Dusseau (113) and junior Demetri Monroe (130), both of whom placed fourth at district.
Dusseau, who went 3-2 at district and is 31-10 on the season, lost to Central Crossing's Zach Collins 9-4 in the third-place match. He will face Harrison's Cory Baird (41-5) in the first round at state March 9.
"Micah is tough as nails," coach DiSabato said. "He's short in stature, but he's a powerful young kid. He's explosive and fun to watch."
Monroe went 4-2 at district, losing to Westerville Central's Tre' Bogetich 7-2 in the third-place match, and is 20-3 on the season. He will face Mason's Zachary Donathan (48-0) in the first round at state.
Dusseau and Monroe are first-time state qualifiers.
Junior Reid Conrad went 0-2 at district at 152 to finish the season 19-20.
Davidson finished ninth (57.5 points) at district behind champion Liberty (236.5) as 42 teams scored.
Boys basketball team
reaches district semi
The boys basketball team was 18-6 before playing sixth-seeded and defending state champion Westerville South in a Division I district semifinal March 8.
The winner plays eighth-seeded St. Charles or 10th-seeded Reynoldsburg in a district final at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Ohio Dominican University.
The 14th-seeded Wildcats have not played St. Charles or Reynoldsburg this season.
The district champion will play Dublin Coffman, Grove City, Mifflin or Pickerington Central in a regional semifinal Wednesday, March 15, at Ohio Dominican. The regional final is March 18 at Ohio Dominican.
The Wildcats split their two OCC-Central Division contests with Coffman, losing 51-49 on Dec. 9 and winning 49-36 on Jan. 27, and defeated Grove City 64-51 on Jan. 17. They did not play Mifflin or Central.
Davidson advanced to a district semifinal with a 50-37 win over 27th-seeded Central Crossing in a second-round game March 3 at home.
Nick Livingston scored nine of his game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Wildcats. Travis Moore added 11 points for Davidson, which went 11-for-16 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats had swept the Comets in league play, winning 52-32 on Jan. 6 and 47-36 on Feb. 7.
"It's hard to beat a team three times in a row," Livingston said. "They are scrappy and talented and we had to make sure we played hard on both ends of the court."
at state meet
Freshman Nikia Scurlock represented the gymnastics team in the individual state meet March 4 at Bradley.
Scurlock tied for 24th of 36 competitors on floor exercise (8.775) and tied for 29th of 35 gymnasts on balance beam (8.55).
"Nikia had a solid day at state," coach Carol Eskay said. "She had a clean floor routine and no falls on beam. You really cannot ask for more than that. She had a great showing, especially as a freshman."
Davidson finished 11th (125.825) of 23 teams at district Feb. 25 at Thomas Worthington, behind champion Thornville Sheridan (138.65). The top three teams advanced to the state team meet March 3 at Bradley.
Scurlock tied for sixth on floor (8.95) and finished ninth on beam (8.9), as the top nine finishers in each event and the all-around advanced to the individual state meet. She finished 12th in the all-around (34.125).
Reese Ashley, the only senior on the team, tied for 38th in the all-around (31.9).
"Reese has been a very strong leader," Eskay said. "She has a great work ethic and really pushed to do her best until the very end of the season. She was an excellent role model in that regard. She leaves big shoes to fill."
Along with Scurlock, juniors Mallory Berthel, Izabelle Clark and Koryn Shugart and freshmen Jessica Cramer, Chelsie Hartman and Dani Mason are eligible to return next season.
"I'm very proud of these girls," Eskay said. "This has been their best season in the past several years. They continued to improve throughout the year and had a great finish to the end of the season. This was their highest finish in the district in the past four seasons."
Davidson went 5-2 in OCC-Central duals and finished second (124.125) in the league meet Feb. 11 at Bradley, behind Marysville (128.85) and ahead of Upper Arlington (127.25), Grove City (123.175), Central Crossing (114.125), Westland (111.825), Coffman (93.425) and Franklin Heights (22.775).
The Wildcats finished third in the overall league standings with 24 points, behind Marysville (32, 7-0) and UA (28, 6-1) and ahead of Grove City (4-3, 20), Central Crossing (16, 3-4), Coffman (10, 2-5), Westland (10, 1-6) and Franklin Heights (4, 0-7).
Eskay was named state Coach of the Year and also received a state service award.
season at district
The boys bowling team closed its season in the 20-team Division I district tournament March 3 at Sawmill Lanes.
Davidson finished 10th (3,834) behind champion Westerville Central (4,176) as the top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to state Saturday, March 11, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
Sophomore Grayson Hollo-way tied for 26th of 127 bowlers with a 603 three-game series.
Also competing were senior Scott Brown (597, 31st), juniors Chris Wourms (551, tied for 63rd) and Jacob Shoemaker (535, tied for 71st), sophomore Micah Neese (199, one game) and senior James Mason (150, one game).
Juniors Zane Clipner and Shubham Sinha, sophomores Daniel McElfresh and Korey Pummell and freshman Joel Brennen, Noah Stocker and Dominic Williams also are eligible to return next season.
At sectional Feb. 25 at Sawmill Lanes, Davidson finished 17th (3,603) of 42 teams, behind champion Liberty (4,168) as top 20 teams advanced to district.
The Wildcats went 10-5 in the 16-team Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-North Division to tie Worthington Kilbourne for fifth, behind co-champions Central and Westerville South (both 14-1).
Davidson went 4-2 in the OCC-Central to finish third behind co-champions Marys-ville and Pickerington North (both 5-1) and ahead of Gahanna (3-3), Reynoldsburg (2-4) and Lancaster and Pickerington Central (both 1-5).
The girls team closed its season at sectional Feb. 24 at Sawmill Lanes, finishing 34th (2,269) of 38 teams, behind champion Briggs (3,766).
Senior Olivia Boysel tied for 105th (360) of 226 bowlers to lead the Wildcats.
Sophomores Madelyn Bennett, Melanie Kelly, Hannah Mathews and Tiffany Meach and freshmen Ariel Meach and Reilly Wolfinger are eligible to return next season.
The Wildcats went 0-14 in the 15-team COHSBC-North to finish last behind champion Gahanna (14-0) and went 1-4 in the OCC-Central to finish fifth behind Gahanna (5-0), Lancaster (4-1), Pickerington North (3-2) and Pickerington Central (2-3) and ahead of Reynoldsburg (0-5).