Dublin Scioto High School wrestling coach Adam Huddle likes the direction his team is heading as it prepares for the postseason.
Huddle has been pleased with his relatively young team's development with several wrestlers emerging as potential contenders in the postseason.
"We're still really young, but as far as how far we've come for the season, we're happy with where we are," Huddle said. "We know the next three weeks are going to be really important."
The Irish will open the postseason Feb. 24 with a Division I sectional at Marysville. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the district tournament March 2 and 3 at Hilliard Darby.
"I love the postseason. That's what it's all about," Huddle said. "You gear up for that. That's what we coach for. We want to get guys on the podium. We think we have a shot to get a couple of them on there. For the guys who are borderline, we want to make sure they get to the district tournament so we're learning how to gear this whole season towards the end."
Scioto continued its preparation for the postseason by finishing fourth (115 points) in the 27-team Panther Classic on Feb. 3 at Rayland Buckeye Local, behind champion Imperial (Pennsylvania) West Allegheny (168.5). Hilliard Bradley was fifth (110).
Sophomore Daniel Segura continued his impressive season by finishing first at 138 pounds, improving to 33-0.
"I always have room to improve and that's why I want to get better," Segura said. "Some days are good and some days are better, but by the end of the season, I want every match to be good. I'm in a lot better mindset this season.
"I want the competition before sectional. I want the hardest guys right now so I know what to work on."
Also bringing home a title from the Panther Classic was Deron Pulliam, who finished first at 182 to improve to 31-4 on the season.
Dylan Le (106, 26-8) and Isaac Bodine (145, 17-10) both placed fourth and Kemyon Pannell (126, 16-9) was fifth. Bernie Duran (220, 24-11) placed sixth.
"I feel like I could have done a little bit better in my duals," Duran said. "I've had a few good tournaments. I'm working to get ready for the postseason. I'm happy with my team. We're working hard. We've come together as a team and we've had really good practices. We've been working hard in our tournaments and we've had really good outcomes."
Other standouts for the Irish include Hamza Dahshi (120, 20-12), Gage Hannan (152, 19-10) and Donovan Hardin (heavyweight, 18-9).
Scioto is 3-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division entering its league finale Thursday, Feb. 8, at home against Thomas Worthington.
Delaware, which defeated the Irish 39-34 on Dec. 21, is first in the league at 5-0.
Scioto defeated Worthington Kilbourne 63-12 in a league match Feb. 1 behind pins by Le at 106 (2 minutes, 30 seconds), Hannan at 152 (1:19) and Maurice Driscoll at 195 (:31).
"It's always nice to wrestle (Kilbourne) and we've had some good matches over the years," Huddle said.
"Right now, they're a little thin and they had some forfeits (five), but coach (Brett) Shaut does a nice job. They'll be back."
Girls basketball team falls to Wolves
The girls basketball team's pursuit of the OCC-Cardinal title took a hit when it lost to Kilbourne 53-50 on Feb. 2.
Natalie Hutras had 17 points and Madison Heasley scored 13 for Scioto, which was 10-9 overall and 7-2 in the league before playing Thomas Worthington on Feb. 6.
The Cardinals were 9-1 in the league entering the game and would have secured the outright league title with a win over the Irish.
Scioto plays host to Bradley in an OCC-Cardinal game Friday, Feb. 9, before closing out league and regular-season play Tuesday, Feb. 13, at home against Jerome.
The Irish are seeded 21st of 50 teams in the Division I district tournament and will play host to 25th-seeded Hilliard Davidson in the first round Feb. 17.
Boys basketball team winding down season
The boys basketball team was 10-8 overall and 3-6 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Thomas on Feb. 6.
The Irish visit Bradley on Friday, Feb. 9, in a league game and play at Olentangy Orange on Tuesday, Feb. 13, before closing the regular season Feb. 16 with a league game at home against Jerome.
Scioto lost to Kilbourne 70-51 on Feb. 2 in a league contest, as the Wolves avenged a 46-43 loss Jan. 5.
Dapreis Owens led the Irish with 15 points in the rematch.
The Division I district tournament draw is Sunday, Feb. 11. First-round games are scheduled for Feb. 24.
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics, hockey, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 9 -- At Hilliard Bradley. The Irish lost to the Jaguars 58-37 on Jan. 9.
Feb. 13 -- At Olentangy Orange
*Feb. 9 -- Home vs. Bradley. The Irish lost to the Jaguars 49-46 on Jan. 9.
*Feb. 13 -- Home vs. Jerome. The Irish beat the Celtics 39-34 on Dec. 5.
Feb. 10 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Hilliard Davidson
Feb. 9-11 -- Blue Jackets Cup consolation tournament at OhioHealth Ice Haus. Scioto is the 15th seed and opens Feb. 9 against 14th-seeded Gahanna, with the winner playing ninth-seeded New Albany on Feb. 10. The consolation final is at 5 p.m. Feb. 11.
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 10 -- Division I sectional swimming at Kenyon College. The winner of each event and 27 at-large qualifiers in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites advance to district meet Feb. 17 at Ohio University.
*Feb. 8 -- Home vs. Thomas Worthington