Dublin Scioto High School wrestler Daniel Segura has his sights set on one thing: winning his first state championship.
The junior is a two-time Division I state qualifier. Last year at state, he went 3-2 and placed fourth at 138 pounds to finish the season 43-2. As a freshman, he went 1-2 at state at 132 and finished 39-12.
Segura earned his 100th career win Dec. 29 by beating Ashland Mapleton's Beau Lefever 19-3 in the final at 152 in the Marion Harding Classic.
Although he was happy to reach the milestone, he said his parents, Jay and Donna, were more excited.
"Before the season, I saw my record and I thought it might happen this year," Segura said. "I wasn't really focused on it. It was really exciting for my parents."
Segura was recognized for his accomplishment during the Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament on Jan. 5 at home.
"He didn't care at all," coach Adam Huddle said of the 100th win. "His parents are fantastic. They help out a lot. His dad is our booster club president, so they're very involved with our program."
Segura has wrestled at 145 and 152 this season and is unsure which weight he will compete in during the postseason.
He improved to 23-1 on the season by pinning Hilliard Bradley's Alex Schmidt in 3 minutes, 48 seconds at 152 in an OCC-Cardinal Division match Jan. 10 and is 105-15 for his career.
The Irish fell to 0-2 in the OCC-Cardinal with a 39-36 loss to the Jaguars.
According to Huddle, Segura has studied his lone defeat, a 21-9 loss to Wadsworth's Michael North in a semifinal at 145 in the North Canton Holiday Tournament on Dec. 15 at North Canton Hoover.
"That's the way he works," Huddle said.
"He can remember every loss of his career down to the points scored and how it happened. As a coach, I'm glad we have a loss on the record this year. It's something for him to push for and think about because last year he was undefeated until the state semis. I don't think that's good. ... Daniel will learn from that match."
Segura, who finished third in the North Canton Holiday Tournament, could meet North again at state in early March. North, a senior, placed fourth at state at 145 last season and third at 126 as a sophomore.
Segura credits Huddle and rigorous offseason training for his success.
That training includes participating with Team Ohio, highlighted by competing in the U.S. Marine Corps Junior and Cadet National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota, in July.
"I know I improved a lot from my freshman to sophomore year, and then over the summer this year I put so much more work in and I feel a lot better about myself," Segura said. "I have a lot better mindset, too. ... I always want competition. That's why I'm wrestling, that's why I love the sport."
Huddle has not only been impressed with Segura's continued success on the mat, but also his emergence as a leader.
"Daniel has come out of his shell quite a bit and it shows with his leadership as well," Huddle said.
Boys basketball team falls to Celtics
The boys basketball trailed visiting Jerome 33-24 at halftime and could not recover in a 56-43 loss Jan. 11.
Dapreis Owens had 12 points to lead the Irish, who fell to 7-6 overall and 3-4 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Zach Gawronski scored 10 points in a 46-40 loss at Bradley on Jan. 8.
The Jaguars are 7-0 in the OCC-Cardinal and have won 36 consecutive league games.
Girls basketball team rallies past Celtics
The girls basketball team outscored host Jerome 17-12 in the fourth quarter on its way to a 44-43 win Jan. 11.
Ashleigh Rothe scored seven of her eight points in the quarter to help lead the comeback.
Natalie Hutras led the Irish with 11 points and Marlae Davis added eight.
Scioto defeated visiting Bradley 38-31 on Jan. 8 as Lauren Erickson scored a game-high 10 points.
The Irish were 9-5 overall before playing Olentangy Liberty on Jan. 16 and are 7-1 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics, hockey, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 18 -- At Olentangy Berlin. The Irish defeated the Bears 41-31 on Dec. 7.
*Jan. 22 -- Home vs. Hilliard Darby. The Irish defeated the Panthers 52-38 on Dec. 18.
*Jan. 18 -- Home vs. Berlin. The Irish defeated the Bears 49-39 on Dec. 7.
*Jan. 22 -- At Darby. The Irish lost to the Panthers 62-59 on Dec. 18.
Jan. 19 -- Coffman, Jerome, *Berlin and *Worthington Kilbourne at Central Ohio Gymnastics
Jan. 21 -- At Coffman with *Jerome, Central Crossing, Franklin Heights and Westland
Jan. 18-21 -- Olentangy Orange Pioneer Classic at Chiller North
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 19 -- Dublin Classic at Dublin Recreation Center
*Jan. 17 -- Home vs. Darby