Two district champions lead the Northridge High School wrestling team into the Division III state tournament March 9-11 at Ohio State.
Senior 160-pounder Steele Strout and junior 152-pounder Forest Belli won titles in the district tournament March 3 and 4 at Coshocton. Both will be making their second appearance at state.
Senior Hunter Corbin (170) and sophomore Klay Reeves (113) also will compete at state after both placed third at district. The top four finishers in each weight class qualified for state.
Strout improved to 34-2 by defeating West Jefferson’s Josh Doherty 14-10 in the district final. Doherty placed second at state at 160 last season, while Strout went 1-2 at 152.
Belli enters state at 39-3 after pinning Galion Northmor’s Matthew Ross in 1 minute, 10 seconds in the district final. He did not qualify for state last season, but went 0-2 as a freshman at 120.
Reeves also will make his second state appearance after defeating West Jefferson’s David Staten 6-2 in overtime in the third-place match at district to improve to 26-6. Last season, he became the program's first freshman to place at state, finishing eighth at 106.
Corbin will make his first state appearance. He is 28-9 after defeating Williamsport Westfall’s Sean Netherton 10-4 in the third-place match at district.
Also competing at district was freshman Dylan Parman, who went 1-2 at 132.
The Vikings finished sixth (89 points) behind champion Northmor (168) as 43 teams scored.
Boys basketball team
falls in second round
The boys basketball team ended its season with a 54-50 loss at eighth-seeded Centerburg on March 1 in the second round of the Division III district tournament.
Senior post player Dan Hatfield scored 15 points to lead the ninth-seeded Vikings, who finished 15-9 overall. Sophomore guard Jackson Wilson had 12 points and junior guard Nick Hatten added nine.
The Vikings opened the postseason by defeating 11th-seeded Madison Plains 58-47 on Feb. 27.
Senior point guard Brandon Estep scored 13 points, Wilson had 12, Hatfield had 11 and Hatten added nine.
Northridge finished third (6-7) in the LCL-Cardinal Division behind Johnstown-Monroe (12-1) and Heath (11-2) and ahead of Newark Catholic (4-9) and Utica (0-13).