The Dublin Scioto High School wrestling team enters the postseason with several athletes looking to advance into March.
Although the Irish have several contenders, coach Adam Huddle is always hesitant to estimate how many will advance.
Scioto kicks off the postseason with a 10-team Division I sectional Saturday, Feb. 23, at Newark. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the district tournament March 1 and 2 at Hilliard Darby.
"I won't put a number on it," Huddle said. "We're going to wrestle the best we can and we'll judge it from there. Things happen, calls are made. Injuries happen. There's so many things that can happen. Guys can go in different weight classes."
Leading the way should be junior Daniel Segura, who is 38-2 on the season at 145 pounds and is seeking his third state appearance. Last year at state, he went 3-2 and placed fourth at 138 to finish the season 43-2. As a freshman, he went 1-2 at 132 and finished 39-12.
Senior Deron Pulliam, who is 32-1 at 195, is seeking his second state appearance. Last season, he placed seventh at 182 to finish 41-8.
Another state contender is sophomore Dylan Le, who continues to show steady improvement and is 33-5 at 106.
"I'm doing pretty well, but I feel like I still need to work on a lot of things," said Le, who went 2-2 at district last season at 106. "My plan is to possibly win district and make it to state, and I really want to place at state. I need to work hard, focus on my moves, get my conditioning up a little bit more and work on my weight."
Other notable contributors have been Donovan Hardin at heavyweight (27-9), Austin Birko at 113 (18-18), Hamza Dhashi at 120 (15-12) and Bernie Duran at 220 (7-2).
Duran has battled a shoulder injury for most of the season, but should be ready for the postseason, according to Huddle.
"Bernie coming back is big," Huddle said. "He's been out two months. We're trying to improve and get to the next level and at the same time trying to get our health where it needs to be. That's part of the sport."
Scioto concluded OCC-Cardinal Division action by defeating Jerome 37-36 on Feb. 14 at home to finish fourth in the league at 4-3 behind champion Darby (7-0).
"We're very happy to get the win, but we have to stay off our back," Huddle said. "It makes for a tough dual season. We'll win a majority of the matches, but we keep giving up forfeits or we're getting pinned and (Feb. 14) was a prime example. We got pinned three times in the third period. ... That's part of having a young team."
Boys basketball team preps to face Lions
The boys basketball team is seeded 30th in the Division I district tournament and visits 15th-seeded Gahanna in the first round Saturday, Feb. 23.
The winner plays 28th-seeded Big Walnut in the second round March 1.
The Irish, who are 10-12 overall, closed the regular season Feb. 15 with a 52-51 overtime loss at Jerome to finish 5-9 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Jayden Prince had 16 points, Dapreis Owens scored 13 and Zach Gawronski added 11 to lead Scioto.
Prince had 19 points, Gawronski scored 18 and Owens scored 10 in a 60-54 win over visiting Marysville on Feb. 12 that ended a five-game losing streak.
Girls basketball team wins district opener
The girls basketball team opened the Division I district tournament with a 59-37 win over 22nd-seeded Marysville on Feb. 16 at home.
The 17th-seeded Irish led 24-19 at halftime before pulling away in the second half.
Natalie Hutras and Lauren Erickson each scored 13 points and Karleigh Rothe scored 11 to lead Scioto.
The Irish play host to 19th-seeded Marion Harding in the second round Friday, Feb. 22, with the winner likely playing top-seeded Pickerington Central in a district semifinal Wednesday, Feb. 27, at a neutral site to be determined.
Swimming teams close season at district
The swimming and diving teams closed their season at the Division I district meet Feb. 15 at Ohio State.
Junior Ema Rennie, who is expected to graduate in May, led the girls team by finishing 10th in the 50-yard freestyle (24.24 seconds) and 24th in the 100 free (55.63).
The top two placers in each swimming event automatically advanced to the state meet Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide.
Sophomore Colson Wenzel led the boys team, finishing 15th in the 100 free (48.32) and 18th in the 50 free (22.12).
"It was a good meet," coach Brian Worhatch said. "We had a lot of them in (Ohio State's) pool for the first time and some seniors for the last time. It's tough to say goodbye to the seniors. It's always bittersweet."
The girls team scored eight points at district to finish 26th behind champion Upper Arlington (306) as 27 teams scored, and the boys team finished 26th (2) behind champion Jerome (301) as 27 teams scored.
Hockey team falls in district opener
The hockey team saw its season end with a 5-3 loss to 25th-seeded Cincinnati Elder in the first round of the district tournament Feb. 15 at OhioHealth Ice Haus.
The 23rd-seeded Irish finished 5-24-1 overall.
Senior forward Avery Langworthy, junior forward Pete Hrelec and sophomore defenseman Nick Gould scored for the Irish and senior goaltender Will Clark had 12 saves.
"That was a tough one," coach Morgan Langworthy said. "I thought we played very well in all areas of the game. We possessed the puck most of the first and second periods. Credit goes to Elder. They took advantage of the mistakes we made and their goalie played an excellent game."
The Irish lost to Gahanna 5-2 in a Blue Jackets Cup consolation tournament play-in game Feb. 6 at Chiller Dublin and went 2-13 (4 points) in the six-team Capital Hockey Conference-Blue Division to finish sixth behind champion Thomas Worthington (21, 9-3-2-1). Scioto is losing five seniors, including Langworthy, the coach's son.
"We had the right group of seniors to make the jump back to the varsity division this year," said coach Langworthy, whose team had predominantly played a junior varsity schedule the past three seasons. "It was a bumpy season, but the senior group stayed positive and continued to work hard every game and at every practice. Despite the win-loss record for the year, it was a fun season with a great group of players."
Others eligible to return are juniors Matthew Gast (defenseman), David Loew (forward) and Cole Nolan (forward), sophomore Bennett Obenour (forward) and freshmen Holland Bell (forward) and Ryan Wallace (forward).
Below is the coming schedule for the Scioto gymnastics team:
Feb. 23 -- District meet at Worthington Kilbourne. Top three teams advance to state team meet March 1 at Hilliard Bradley and top eight finishers in each event and the all-around advance to state individual meet March 2 at Bradley.