Omari Green wasn't sure if he would have another high school wrestling match, so the Central Crossing senior heavyweight made the most of his opportunity.
Green placed fifth in the Division I district tournament March 6 and 7 at Hilliard Darby, meaning he's an alternate for state.
The top four finishers in each weight class at district qualified for state Friday, March 13, through Sunday, March 15, at Ohio State. Fifth-place wrestlers step in when a qualifier is unable to compete.
Green pinned Teays Valley's Joey Thurston in 1 minute, 32 seconds in the fifth-place match.
"I had a lot riding on this match," said Green, who went 3-2 at district and is 40-5. "I had my ego, my career, my future, and I had them all intertwined with this sport. Just because things didn't go the way that I wanted doesn't mean that I should let things go.
"In that last match, I was convinced that there was no other outcome than a victory. I wanted my last match to represent the type of season that I have had and the type of season I would like to have if I do continue to wrestle."
Green was runner-up at district last season and went on to place eighth at state. Coach Jamie Ramirez said Green's district performance was a perfect example of how difficult the sport can be.
"It's a tough sport," Ramirez said. "Sometimes you don't get what you want, even if you do all of the right things.
"It's tough because these matches are so close. You could wrestle the heavyweight matches every weekend and get different results. That's the way it is at heavyweight."
The Comets finished 30th (17 points) at district behind champion Dublin Coffman (174.5) as 40 teams scored.
Junior Abel Garantche went 2-2 at 195 pounds. He was happy to get a chance to compete after qualifying last season only to sit out with a hip injury.
"I believe I did so much better, and my skills have improved so much from last year," said Garantche, who finished 29-17. "Last year I broke my hip so I couldn't move on (from sectional to district) and an alternate took my spot. It was good to get this experience."
Freshman Donnie Morris was 0-2 at 120 pounds at district to finish 6-16.
"I thought it was pretty awesome (to make it to district) because a lot of freshmen don't get that chance," he said. "I think I will be a lot better next season than I was this season from this (experience)."