Three underclassmen are expected to lead the Hilliard Davidson wrestling team in the postseason.
Sophomore Dez Gartrell (152 pounds) and freshmen Wyatt Moore (120) and Richard Lawrence (182) should make solid bids to advance from a Division I sectional Saturday, Feb. 29, at Marysville, where the top four finishers in each weight class qualify for the district tournament March 6 and 7 at Darby.
"This is the fun part for everyone," coach Chris Kline said of the postseason. "With all the hard work they've put in, now they can finally test themselves and see where they're at."
Gartrell, who is 36-3 on the season, is looking for a return trip to district. Last season, he went 0-2 at 145 to finish 15-16.
"He was definitely fortunate enough that he got the district experience last year as a freshman," Kline said. "He's really progressed a lot this season. He put in the time, so there shouldn't be any nerves for him. He's been there already. I expect him to wrestle really well."
Moore is 29-9 on the season and Lawrence is 24-10.
Kline also expects senior Nick Lingaman (160) to contend for a district berth. Lingaman, who is 9-6, has seen limited action this season because of injuries.
"I have a chance this year (to advance to district)," said Lingaman, who is seeking his first district berth. "It would mean a lot to me because I've been working hard the last six years. It's been my main goal to make it to district, do well and go deep in the district tournament."
Freshman Ethan Riegel (113) also could contend for a district berth.
"The biggest thing with them being young and finding success early is just taking it one match at a time and not looking ahead to anyone, not looking ahead to district or state," Kline said.
Davidson finished seventh (113 points) of 22 teams in the Canal Winchester Invitational on Feb. 15 behind champion Pickerington North (153).
Gartrell (152) finished first, Riegel (113) and Moore (120) both placed second and Lawrence (182) was fourth.
"(Seventh) is all right," Kline said. "I would have liked to seen a couple of our other wrestlers do better. Other than that, we're happy with the result."
Davidson went 1-4 in the OCC-Central Division to finish fifth behind champion Dublin Coffman (5-0). The Wildcats capped league action Feb. 13 with a 70-6 loss to the Shamrocks, with their lone win coming from Gartrell (pin at 152).
Curry reaches district in bowling
Senior Cameron Curry of the boys bowling team will compete in the Division I district tournament Saturday, Feb. 29, at HP Lanes.
Curry tied for 51st of 270 bowlers in the sectional Feb. 21 at HP Lanes with a 535 three-game series, earning the 16th and final district berth.
Davidson finished 30th (3,131) of 47 teams, behind champion Reynoldsburg (3,991) as the top 16 teams advanced to district.
At district, the top three boys teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state March 6 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
The girls team finished 21st (2,707) of 42 teams at sectional Feb. 22 at HP Lanes, behind champion Westerville Central (3,653).
C.C. Keidel finished 53rd (436) of 192 bowlers to lead the Wildcats.
Suarez competes at state swim meet
Junior Sergio Suarez represented the boys swimming and diving team in the Division I state meet Feb. 21 and 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
Suarez finished 15th in the 50-yard freestyle (21.4 seconds) and tied for 20th in the 100 backstroke (51.86). He scored two points for Davidson, which finished 52nd behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (310) as 53 teams scored.
The girls team closed its season at the district meet Feb. 13 at Ohio State.
Boys basketball team to open postseason
The 42nd-seeded boys basketball team will open the Division I district tournament Friday, Feb. 28, at fifth-seeded Pickerington North or at home against 43rd-seeded Logan.
The winner plays 16th-seeded Chillicothe or 21st-seeded Marysville in a district semifinal Wednesday, March 4, at a site to be determined.
The Wildcats are 4-18.
Season ends for girls basketball team
The 23rd-seeded girls basketball team lost 43-33 at 15th-seeded Hartley in the second round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 21 to finish 13-11.
Brianna O'Connor had 13 points to lead the Wildcats, who opened the tournament Feb. 15 with a 37-31 win over 27th-seeded Logan.