Four members of the Dublin Scioto wrestling team were set to compete in the Division I state tournament.

However, on March 12, the day before the start of the three-day state tournament at Ohio State, OHSAA executive director Jerry Snodgrass announced that the event was indefinitely postponed because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Two days earlier, Snodgrass had announced that the OHSAA would limit the number of fans at the state tournament to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Then, on March 26, the OHSAA canceled all four of the remaining winter tournaments.

"Anytime you put that much time and effort and work in... we were hoping that the last thing we would hear (March 10) was just the parents and the selective groups that they had listed as being able to attend," coach Adam Huddle said. "That was hard enough to deal with, but we had a job to do and we were working at getting our kids ready to win a state title. It was emotional for all of us."

Four Irish wrestlers had qualified for state for the second consecutive season, led by senior Daniel Segura at 152 pounds. Segura, who is the program's first four-time state qualifier, finished the season 45-2.

A George Mason recruit, Segura won district and sectional titles and was named Wrestler of the Year in the OCC-Cardinal Division. He finished with a career record of 175-20, representing the most wins in program history.

"We were preparing for Daniel to win a state title," Huddle said. "When we were wrestling in practice, he had it. He was ready. He can do this. I felt the same way with (senior) Deron (Pulliam). We felt that those two had an opportunity to win a state title. It makes you kind of sick the way it ended."

Pulliam, a three-time state qualifier, won sectional and district titles at 182 and finished the season 31-3. He also was first-team all-league and went 132-21 for his career.

Also qualifying for state were junior Dylan Le at 113 and senior Donovan Hardin at heavyweight.

Le, a two-time state qualifier, won sectional and district titles and finished the season 37-11. He was first-team all-league at 120 and is 112-30 for his career.

"It was a big thing for Scioto. We would have had four state qualifiers and could have been top 10 at the state tournament," Le said. "We had big hopes for our team, but sadly we couldn't go (to state). ... I have one more year to try and wrestle at the state tournament again. I feel bad for the seniors. They've been working hard all year. I still have a chance and that motivates me a lot."

Hardin, a two-time state qualifier, finished the season 38-10. He won a sectional title, finished second at district and was first-team all-league.

"I understand what's going on," Huddle said. "I hate to see that these kids didn't get a chance to wrestle for a state title that they've been working for forever."

Other expected returnees next season include junior Matthew Howard, who was a district qualifier at 145 and finished 17-13, and freshman Johnathen Segura, who was second-team all-league at 132 and finished 14-12.

fdirenna@thisweeknews.com

@ThisWeekFrank