With six district qualifiers, including four sectional champions, the Dublin Scioto High School wrestling team expects to make a strong showing in the Division I district tournament Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at Hilliard Darby.
"We were in a very tough sectional," said coach Adam Huddle, whose team finished sixth (130 points) in a 10-team sectional Feb. 23 at Newark behind champion Olentangy Liberty (214.5). "We think we set ourselves up very well for the district tournament and we're trying to get as many guys out as we can. We're happy with it."
Winning sectional titles for the Irish were juniors Donovan Hardin (heavyweight), Deron Pulliam (195 pounds) and Daniel Segura (145) and sophomore Dylan Le (106). Also qualifying for district by finishing in the top four were seniors Bernie Duran (second at 220) and Scott Swain (fourth at 170).
A two-time state qualifier, Segura pinned Liberty's Jayce Fitzpatrick in 3 minutes, 36 seconds in the final to improve 41-2 on the season. He went 3-2 and placed fourth at state at 138 last season after going 1-2 at state at 132 as a freshman.
"Everything went how I wanted it to go," Segura said. "I feel really good with how my training has been going. Now I just have to do it this week and next week."
Le defeated Lancaster's Jacob Hutsler 5-1 in the final to improve to 36-5, Pulliam is 35-1 after beating Liberty's Ben Cox 11-5 in the final and Hardin won by forfeit over Hilliard Darby's Rodney Beneker in the final and is 29-9.
Duran, who is 10-3, opted to forfeit the championship match against Liberty's Kaden Tong as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for most of the regular season, while Swain went 2-2 and is 8-20 on the season.
"Bernie is fine," Huddle said. "That was the plan all along with him coming back from a major injury and being out for two months. The plan was get in, get out and that's exactly what we did. He took care of business by winning the first two matches and getting into the final."
At district, the top four finishers in each weight class advance to the state tournament March 7-9 at Ohio State.
"All of our guys who made it in (to district) have a really good shot of making it out," Huddle said. "You go, you wrestle and you figure out what happens, but I don't put the cart before the horse. It's always let's have a good week of practice. When we get into the grind and you start wrestling matches, then we'll starting thinking about that part."
Girls basketball team edges Presidents
The girls basketball team overcame a fourth-quarter rally to defeat 19th-seeded Marion Harding 63-59 in overtime in the second round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 22 at home.
The 17th-seeded Irish led 48-36 after three quarters, but were outscored 19-7 in the fourth. Scioto, however, outscored the Presidents 8-4 in overtime.
Natalie Hutras led the Irish with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Lauren Erickson added 15 points and Brianna Jordan and Karleigh Rothe each scored 11.
"Our kids played with a lot of heart," coach Jen Music said. "Going into overtime, they truly regrouped as a team and fought to get the win."
The Irish were 15-9 before playing top-seeded and defending state champion Pickerington Central in a district semifinal Feb. 27. The winner plays ninth-seeded Hilliard Davidson or 10th-seeded Liberty in a district final Saturday, March 2, at Ohio Dominican.
Scioto lost to Davidson 54-33 on Dec. 1 and Liberty 56-37 on Jan. 16.
The district champion faces Dublin Coffman, Gahanna, Dresden Tri-Valley or Westerville South in a regional semifinal Tuesday, March 5, at Otterbein.
The regional final is March 8 at Otterbein.
Season ends for boys basketball team
The boys basketball team saw its season end Feb. 23 with a 62-53 loss at 15th-seeded Gahanna in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
The 30th-seeded Irish finished 10-13 overall and went 5-9 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to finish sixth behind champion Hilliard Bradley (14-0).
Senior forward Dapreis Owens led Scioto with 16 points and junior guard Benjamin Lombardo added 14 points and six rebounds.
Guard Victor Mwamba, who was one of four seniors, was named second-team all-league. Owens was special mention all-league and senior guard Zach Gawronski was honorable mention all-league.
Others eligible to return are juniors Vince Bernard (forward), Drew Bryant (forward), Mohamed Freeman (guard) and Jayden Prince (guard) and sophomores Garrett Mielke (forward) and Jaydon Pearson (guard).
Gymnasts close season at district
The gymnastics team closed its season at the district meet Feb. 23 at Worthington Kilbourne.
The Irish did not have enough gymnasts for a team score.
Sophomore Sara Sun finished 70th in the all-around (29.425) and sophomore Alex Gordon was 82nd (28.325), as the top eight individuals in each event and the all-around advanced to the state individual meet Saturday, March 2, at Hilliard Bradley.
Sophomores Tricia Klosterman and Britney Vo also are eligible to return.