At the Division II district tournament March 1 and 2 at Heath, the Hartley High School wrestling team had four of its six competitors qualify for state.

The two who didn't advance still picked up their 100th career victories.

Being a part of such a successful program has been exactly what sophomore Micah Norwood was hoping for when he transferred from Cincinnati LaSalle earlier in the school year.

Norwood, who had competed for a junior high team in the school district and attended Lancaster as a freshman, heads into the state tournament that runs Thursday, March 7, through Saturday, March 9, at Ohio State after winning a district championship at 138 pounds.

The top four finishers in each weight class at district advanced to state.

"I'm just trying to focus on my goal match by match," Norwood said. "(Being at Hartley has) actually been everything I was hoping for and more. Everybody's stepping up. It's been a really fun team to be a part of. Everybody works hard and it's just a great experience."

Griffin Rathburn (195) also captured a district title as Hartley finished fifth (98 points) behind champion Lisbon Beaver (191) as 44 teams scored. Michael Petrella (113) was runner-up and Keegan Moran (152) placed fourth.

Norwood defeated Steubenville's Jacson Muldrew 6-3 for the title as he improved to 29-3 on the season, and Rathburn edged Steubenville's Keith Bodnar 2-1 in the final to improve to 47-4.

Petrella rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat New Lexington's Blake Sheppard 6-5 in his semifinal before losing to Millersburg West Holmes' Cael Woods 14-7 in the final as Woods improved to 44-0.

Petrella is 43-4 heading into state.

"I knew (Sheppard) was tired at the end," Petrella said.

Moran lost to Licking Valley's Dylan Dodson 6-2 in a semifinal but beat Warren's Trent Sayre 5-4 to qualify for state. He then lost to Beaver's Logan Krulik 3-0 in the third-place match and is 41-12.

Hartley's other district competitors, Joey Petrella (160) and Nate Jackson (heavyweight), both went 2-2.

Joey Petrella picked up his 100th career victory when he pinned West Holmes' Dillon Miller in 4 minutes, 55 seconds in his opening match.

After losing in the second round, he pinned Athens' Tyler Shuler in 3:10 but lost to Beaver's Brenden Severs 4-1 in the third round of consolation to finish 34-7.

"It's a great opportunity (to be at district), but the main goal is to get down to (the Schottenstein Center), and that's what we're all aiming for," Joey Petrella said.

Jackson lost his second-round match but pinned St. Clairsville's Trey Delguzzo in 1:35 in the second round of consolation to earn his 100th career win.

He then fell to Athens' Dylan Wogerman 3-0 in the third round of consolation to finish 35-9.

"It feels pretty good (to win my 100th match)," Jackson said. "Hartley's a great program. Wrestling's a tough sport, so it means a lot."

Moran, Michael Petrella and Rathburn earned their 100th career victories earlier this season.

Boys basketball team reaches district semi

The fourth-seeded boys basketball team beat 10th-seeded Eastmoor Academy 63-54 in a Division II district tournament second-round game March 2.

The Hawks improved to 13-9 and advanced to play second-seeded Jonathan Alder in a district semifinal March 5 at Olentangy Orange. The winner plays third-seeded DeSales or fifth-seeded Granville in a district final Saturday, March 9, at Ohio Dominican.

The district champion faces Dayton Northridge or Cincinnati Taft in a regional semifinal March 14 at Kettering Fairmont.

Against Eastmoor, Morgan Safford had 29 points and Colby Rankin scored 18 for the Hawks, who led 22-13 after one quarter.

Hartley split its two games with DeSales in CCL play. The Hawks lost to the Stallions 50-47 on Dec. 21 but won the rematch 57-56 in overtime Feb. 1.

Safford had 21 points in the first matchup and 28 in the second.

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