The Dublin Coffman wrestling team captured its second consecutive Division I district championship March 7 at Hilliard Darby.
The Shamrocks scored 174.5 points in the district tournament that began March 6 to finish first, well ahead of runner-up Delaware (127.5) as 40 teams scored.
“It’s back-to-back and we’re happy with where the program is going,” Coffman coach Chance Van Gundy said. “We had a lot of fights this weekend. We dropped some matches that we probably should have won. We won some matches we weren’t supposed to win, so that’s the district tournament year-in and year-out.”
Seven wrestlers for Coffman qualified for state, led by Corey Crawford at 106 pounds, Seth Shumate at 195 and Riley Ucker at 220, each of whom won a district title.
Ismael Ayoub (second, 132), Nick Copley (second, 182), Davante Cooper (third, 120) and James Baumann (third, 138) also advanced, as the top four finishers in each weight class qualified for the state tournament March 13-15 at Ohio State.
“Coming in, we wanted that number higher,” Van Gundy said of the state qualifiers. “I don’t think we wrestled a great tournament as a whole, but we gritted it out.”
Dublin Scioto had four wrestlers earn return trips to state, led by Daniel Segura, the program’s first four-time state qualifier. He finished first at 152, while Dylan Le (first, 113), Deron Pulliam (first, 195) and Donovan Hardin (second, heavyweight) also advanced for the Irish, who finished fourth (106.5).
Other district champions were Darby’s Bradley Weaver (heavyweight), Olentangy Liberty’s Lucas Uliano (145), Westerville North’s Connor Euton (138), Westerville South’s Aaron Morton (160), Lancaster’s Aidan Agin (120), Logan Agin (126) and Jacob Reed (132) and Watkins Memorial’s Cole Foor (170).District results •Division I -- Hilliard Darby •Division II -- Wilmington •Division III -- Heath
Hartley leads area teams in Division II
Hartley was the top area team in the Division II district tournament that concluded March 7 at Wilmington, as the Hawks finished sixth (72.5) behind champion St. Paris Graham (242) as 48 teams scored.
Michael Petrella (120) and Joey Petrella (182) won titles for Hartley and Dylan Newsome (160) finished second.
Also earning state berths were Columbus East’s Ammaar Salaam, who finished first at 106, and DeSales’ Cole Potts, who placed third at heavyweight.
Academy’s Mendenhall leads area in Division III
Columbus Academy’s Gyvnn Mendenhall was the area’s top placer in the Division III district tournament that concluded March 7 at Heath, as he finished second at 195 to earn his first state berth.
Also qualifying for state was Ready’s Aiden Aiello, who finished fourth at 132.
Ready tied for 18th (35) and Academy tied for 22nd (24) behind champion Marion Pleasant (132.5) as 53 teams scored.