Logan Broskie has been waiting a long time for this weekend.

The senior 160-pounder for the Olentangy Orange High School wrestling team qualified for the Division I state tournament Thursday, March 9, through Saturday, March 11, at Ohio State along with 220-pound junior teammate Bryce Houston.

Both finished third at district March 3 and 4 at Hilliard Darby, where the top four finishers in each weight class advanced to state.

They are the program's first state participants since 2014 when Lenn's Kamba made his second appearance at 195.

"It goes all the way back to freshman year," Broskie said of his goal of qualifying for state. "It's good to finally make it. I had a chance last year and the year before, but finally making it (to state) feels really great."

Broskie went 4-1 at district to enter state at 40-8. He defeated Watkins Memorial's Cole Foor 8-4 in a third-place match.

Houston went 5-1, defeating Darby's Jacob Cover 6-2 in a third-place match to improve to 40-9.

"I'm happy because we've only had three guys in nine years at Orange qualify (for state), so two in one year is good and another district placer is great," coach Scott Tressler said. "We start the state tournament off right. Finishing third (at district) is a lot better than finishing fourth. It puts us in better matchups. For both of our guys, that's a good start to the state tournament."

Kemba qualified for state in 2013 and 2014. Artem Timchenko, a 2013 graduate, placed seventh at 112 as a sophomore and was runner-up at 120 as a senior. The other qualifier was Josh Toprani (145) in 2011.

"Sometimes we put undue pressure on ourselves," said Tressler, whose team finished 12th (53.5 points) at district behind champion Liberty (236.5) as 42 teams scored. "Logan has been a great wrestler for Orange for a lot of years, and this is his first time qualifying for state. Getting there the initial feeling is excitement, but it's also relief that you have finally gotten to the state tournament. That's an exciting thing for him."

Junior Connor Evans placed sixth at district, going 3-3 to finish 29-16.

Senior Hunter Knipp (182) was 2-2 to end the season at 39-7, and junior Mike Monago (132; 10-20), sophomore Cole Jackson (106; 24-12) and freshman Rocco Torio (120; 25-15) all went 1-2.

Senior Adam Kreutzer (195; 22-17), sophomore Zach Stevenson (heavyweight; 21-19) and freshman Tristan Bluntschly (138; 10-22) all went 0-2.

Palmer advances
to state in bowling

Senior SarahKate Palmer rolled a 605 three-game series to finish sixth of 133 participants in the Division I girls bowling district tournament March 3 at Sawmill Lanes and advance to state.

Palmer had games of 191, 242 and 172 and was the third of four individual state qualifiers behind Eastmoor Academy's Averi Brown (663) and Olentangy's Stephanie Shurman (606). Big Walnut's Kaitlyn Morrison (571) was the final individual qualifier, and Whitehall's Madison Stiffler (760) was medalist.

Palmer will compete Friday, March 10, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

"I have bowled at Wayne Webb's before, but I'm sure this will be different because of the high level of competition," Palmer said. "You can only take things one ball at a time and try to make your best shot each time. You can't plan ahead because you never know what you will roll."

The Pioneers finished seventh (3,405) at district as Briggs (3,888), Whitehall (3,811), Delaware (3,740) and Gahanna (3,611) qualified for state.

Also competing for Orange were junior Haley Wemple (547, 19th), junior Sydney Tavens (512, tied for 31st), senior Raelynn Bishop (433, tied for 74th) and sophomore Mckenzie Peterson (410, tied for 83rd).

Senior Rory Schmidt (584, tied for 44th of 127) and junior Tommy Ciaciura (533, tied for 74th) competed in the boys district tournament.

Boys basketball team
gains experience

Anthony Calo watched his players mature in his fifth season as boys basketball coach.

The Pioneers returned only three players with much varsity experience from a team that finished 18-5 overall and tied New Albany for the OCC-Capital title at 12-2.

Seeded 32nd for the Division I district tournament, Orange lost a first-round game at 10th-seeded Reynoldsburg 59-31 on Feb. 25 to finish 8-15 overall.

After the game, Calo met his expected returning players as they left the locker room and told each one, "I'm excited for the future."

"We had a good senior class who did a good job for us, but you have to be excited about what we have coming back," Calo said. "The kids love the game and will work hard. I wanted them to know that I was excited about what we have."

The Pioneers finished sixth (1-9) in the OCC-Buckeye behind Westerville South (10-0), Westerville North (7-3), Liberty (5-5), Olentangy (4-6) and Westerville Central (3-7).

Junior guard Jalen Bethel (8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds) was special mention all-league and senior guard Zack Stablein (9.5 points, 2.2 assists) was honorable mention.

Senior guard Cam Barron averaged 7.9 points and junior guard Matt McCollum averaged 6.5 points.

Other key performers expected back are juniors Manny Anderson (forward), Jack Neer (guard/forward) and Jordan Shelton (forward).