Eleven Upper Arlington High School wrestlers will compete in the Division I district tournament Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at Hilliard Darby as the Golden Bears try to build on their first sectional championship since 1987.
UA won six weight classes in its home 10-team sectional Feb. 23 and racked up 237 points to finish first ahead of Olentangy Orange (184.5).
Daniel Beam (113 pounds), Holden Freeman (182), Mitch Herren (120), Mason McHugh (145), David Soghomonyan (160) and Jake Thomas (106) all finished first. Jesse Bowers (132), Joey Orlando (138), Gavin Shafer (170) and Jacob Shanklin (126) were runners-up and Miles Pearson (152) placed fourth.
The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to district.
UA advanced nine wrestlers to district last year and a program-record 12 in 2017.
Also competing but failing to advance were Rafe Lynd (heavyweight, 0-3, sixth), Jake Badgeley (220, 1-2) and Garrett Jepson (195, 0-2).
At district, the top four finishes in each weight class qualify for the state tournament March 7-9 at Ohio State.
Spielman leads girls team into semifinal
Macy Spielman's game-high 27 points paced the seventh-seeded girls basketball team to a 70-53 win over 25th-seeded Licking Heights in the second round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 21.
Erisa Pippins added 15 points and eight rebounds for UA in its final home game of the season. The Bears improved to 18-6 and played 12th-seeded Northland in a district semifinal Feb. 27 at Worthington Christian.
The winner faces fifth-seeded Reynoldsburg or 11th-seeded Teays Valley in a district final Saturday, March 2, at Ohio Dominican. UA is seeking its first district championship since 2016.
The district champion will play Hartley, Newark, Watterson or Westerville Central in a regional semifinal Tuesday, March 5, at Otterbein. The regional final is March 9 at Otterbein.
UA defeated Central 55-39 on Jan. 29 and Teays Valley 46-44 on Dec. 22 but lost to Newark 81-49 on Nov. 28 and Watterson 45-34 on Dec. 10.
Boys basketball team advances in tourney
After beginning the Division I district tournament with a 25-point victory, the boys basketball team will play host to 35th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in the second round of the Division I district tournament Friday, March 1.
Eighth-seeded UA cruised past 22nd-seeded Mount Vernon 64-39 in a first-round home game Feb. 22 as Max Martz scored a game-high 25 points, Josh Rushin added 12 points and five assists and C.J. Karsatos had 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
The Bears are 16-5 and have won seven consecutive games.
Kilbourne comes in at 8-13, but the Wolves won five of their last seven regular-season games.
The winner will play seventh-seeded Reynoldsburg or 27th-seeded Westerville South in a district semifinal Wednesday, March 6, at a site to be announced. The district final is March 9 at Greater Columbus Convention Center.
UA defeated South 53-46 on Feb. 5.
Gymnasts end season at district
The gymnastics team finished 10th (130.375) in the district meet Feb. 23 at Kilbourne behind champion Thornville Sheridan (145.205) as 25 teams scored.
The top three teams advanced to the state team meet Friday, March 1, at Hilliard Bradley, while the top eight individuals in each event and the all-around advanced to the state individual meet Saturday, March 2, at Bradley.
Addy Pittenger finished 15th on uneven bars (8.625), tied for 34th on floor exercise (8.6) and finished 20th in the all-around (33.65). Tally Angelis tied for 15th on vault (8.55) and Taylor Shockley tied for 15th on balance beam (8.75).
Hockey team falls to Patriots
The hockey team found more offense against third-seeded Olentangy Liberty in a district semifinal Feb. 24 at OhioHealth Ice Haus than it had produced in the teams' three regular-season meetings, but the Patriots scored two goals in a short span early in the third period to hold off the second-seeded Bears 3-2.
Brett LaBuhn scored in the first period, UA's first goal against the Patriots this season, but Liberty got two goals from Korey Raymond -- including one early in the third period after the Bears had killed off a five-minute penalty -- and the winner from Jack Bowden with 8:54 to play.
Sam Burns got UA within 3-2 with three minutes left.
"This one is going to sting for a long time," said coach Brett Howden, whose team finished 25-8-2-1. "Credit where credit's due. We had a few tough penalties and we didn't capitalize on our chances in the end. We still had some chances to tie it up."
UA began the weekend with a 4-1 win over seventh-seeded Olentangy in a district quarterfinal Feb. 23 at the Ice Haus. Will Cohen scored twice and Burns and Tim Kramer each added one goal.