Jay Thompson will represent the Worthington Kilbourne High School wrestling team in the Division I state tournament after placing fourth at district.
The junior went 3-2 at 220 pounds in the district tournament held March 1 and 2 at Hilliard Darby. He defeated Big Walnut's Max Lenz 9-4 in a consolation semifinal to secure a spot at state, which runs Thursday, March 7, through Saturday, March 9, at Ohio State.
"I was very emotional," Thompson said. "I honored my brother (Andrew, a 2017 Kilbourne graduate) by pretending to shoot an arrow in the sky. It was poking a little fun of him because he did it after making a tackle for the football team and he got penalized for it."
In the first round at state, Thompson will face Cincinnati West Clermont's Joe Wahl, who is 42-3 and won the district title at Kettering Fairmont. Thompson is 37-7 after losing the third-place match to Dublin Coffman's Riley Ucker 2-1 in an ultimate tiebreaker.
"I should've won that one," Thompson said. "But I'm still excited to go to state and I think I'm wrestling pretty well. I've always been solid on defense and my offense is coming together, so I want to make some noise at state. I have good leg defense and I don't give up many points. I haven't been pinned all season and my takedowns are starting to come together."
Thompson will be making his first state appearance.
"Obviously, the higher finish you get at district, the better chance you have at state based on brackets," coach Jose Martinez said. "But at that level, every match is tough, especially for the guys making their first appearance on the big stage. But he lived to fight another week and that's what matters.
"Jay won his first two matches to reach a semifinal before losing to a very athletic wrestler in Jacob Goldsmith (of Westerville North). He bounced back to beat Lenz and then took Ucker to the tiebreaker. He beat Ucker (7-5) at sectional to reach the championship (match)."
Thompson was one of three Wolves who competed at district, and all of them placed.
Junior Kuric Buell, a state qualifier last season, finished fifth at 145 and is a state alternate with a 27-10 record after going 3-2 at district, and sophomore Spencer Parker-Gordon finished sixth at 106, going 3-3 to finish 35-11.
The Wolves finished 18th (32.5 points) at district behind champion Coffman (170) as 36 teams scored.
"Kuric won his first two (matches) to reach the semifinals, but lost a tough one 3-2 (to Olentangy Liberty's Jayce Fitzpatrick) and then lost another (3-2 decision) to (Olentangy's Brady Pethel)," Martinez said. "He had beaten (Pethel) 5-1 in the first round. That was tough. But in the fifth-place match, Kuric beat (Marysville's Erryl Will 7-6) who beat him in the sectional championship."
Parker-Gordon won his first match before losing 6-4 in overtime to Upper Arlington's Jake Thomas in a quarterfinal. He bounced back to win the next two matches before getting pinned by Dresden Tri-Valley's Sky Wisecarver in a state-qualifying match before falling to Thomas again in the fifth-place match.
"Overall, it was a very good day with all of them placing and now we want to see what Jay can do at state before we start working toward next year," Martinez said. "But all of them are already excited about next year."
Mosic competes in state gymnastics meet
Emily Mosic represented the gymnastics team in the state individual meet March 2 at Hilliard Bradley.
Making her first appearance, the sophomore placed 29th of 35 competitors on vault with an 8.8 and was 35th of 36 competitors on balance beam with a 7.8.
"Emily did a great vault, but struggled on beam," coach Cindy Fushimi said. "But it was a good experience for her and hopefully it will help her in the future."
Mosic qualified for state by placing sixth on beam (9.05) and tying for seventh on vault (8.95) at the district meet Feb. 23 at Kilbourne.
Also at district, Mosic was 11th in the all-around (34.65), followed by freshman Laurel Rhodes (26th, 33.05), junior Trinity Leo (tied for 27th, 33.0) and freshman Reagan Leo (34th, 32.375). Junior Abby Detrick had a team-best 8.05 on uneven bars to place 29th and Rhodes led the team on floor exercise with an 8.875 to tie for 14th.
The top eight finishers in each event and the all-around advanced to state.
The Wolves, who have no seniors, finished seventh (134.3) of 24 teams at district, as the top three advanced to state March 1 at Bradley.
"We had a wonderful season," Fushimi said. "We met our team goal of 130 points by our second meet and then kept improving. Everyone added new skills to their routines and increased their difficulty."
Other expected returnees include sophomores Sophie Baker and Sophie Seculov.
Season ends for boys basketball team
The boys basketball team held eighth-seeded Upper Arlington in check for the first eight minutes of their Division I district tournament second-round game March 1, but was outscored 21-10 in the second quarter en route to a 57-38 loss to the host Golden Bears.
The Wolves, who were seeded 35th of 47 teams and had a first-round bye, finished 8-14 overall.
Senior guard Gavin Baker had 11 points, senior guard Zach Wilson scored eight and senior forward Kyler Archual scored six for Kilbourne. The other senior on the roster was guard Jack Smullen.
The Wolves finished 6-8 in the OCC-Cardinal to place fifth behind champion Bradley (14-0).
Wilson was named first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.
Among the expected returnees are junior Blake Gardner (forward), sophomores Cayden Dougherty (point guard), Ian Schupp (forward) and Mitchell Tomasek (forward) and freshman Ayden Parsons (guard).
Schupp was special mention all-league and Parsons was honorable mention all-league.
Boys bowling team concludes season
The boys bowling team finished 16th (3,413) in the Division I district tournament March 2 at HP Lanes and had no individuals advance to the state tournament to be held Saturday, March 9, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to state.
Westerville Central (4,243), Marion Harding (4,216) and Westerville South (4,015) advanced.
The Wolves were led by senior Colby Sutherland, who rolled a 568 series (189-176-203) to place 36th of 106 competitors. Sophomore Cole Niemantsverdriet finished 54th with a 546 (214-151-181), sophomore Connor Burke was 55th with a 545 (153-211-181), junior Preston Woodrum placed 79th with a 457 (149-178-130) and freshman Miles Roberts finished 82nd with a 386 (143-124-119).
Senior John Catanzarite did not compete after bowling a 563 at sectional Feb. 23 at HP Lanes and leading the team with a 182.8 average in the regular season. Also on the team was sophomore Donovan Rossette.
The Wolves advanced to district by placing 12th of 42 teams at sectional.
The girls team ended its season at sectional Feb. 22 at HP Lanes, where it finished 26th (2,739) of 37 teams.
The Wolves are losing six seniors, including Casey Knuth, who lost the tiebreaker for the final district-qualifying spot.
Expected to return are sophomore Isabella Guiliani and freshman Samantha Darby.