For Westerville South wrestlers Aaron Morton and Fuanyi Fobellah, not being able to compete in their sport's premier event was a disappointment.

Morton, a senior, and Fobellah, a junior, qualified for the Division I state tournament March 13-15 at Ohio State. The event was first postponed March 12 and then canceled March 26 because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

"I guess I'm happy (with my season)," said Fobellah, who was hoping to compete in his first state tournament. "I would have liked to compete. There's always next year for me, but for Aaron, it's over. He's doing OK. He still has four more years in college. It's not too terrible."

Morton finished 43-3 at 160 pounds and Fobellah went 29-5 at 113. Morton was preparing to compete in his second state tournament after finishing fourth at 160 last season.

Morton won sectional and district titles this winter and was named Wrestler of the Year in the OCC-Buckeye Division. He finished 133-44 for his prep career and will compete at Cleveland State.

"I had fun," Morton said. "It stinks (not wrestling at state), but I have to get ready for college. Wrestling is my favorite thing to do."

Morton credits coach George Crooks for his progress in the sport.

"He gives me the intensity that you need sometimes," Morton said. "It's always good to have that. ... I hope I left my name on this program."

Fobellah, who finished first at sectional and fourth at district, was named second-team all-league at 120.

"I'm going to try to get back (to state) and be able to be on the podium," he said. "(District) was probably the toughest tournament of the year for me."

Fobellah now will prepare for the start of the club wrestling season, which also has been delayed because of the pandemic. He competes for Columbus Wrestling Club.

Also for the Wildcats, junior Nick Ifju (32-15) was first-team all-league at 152 and junior Brian Tennant (14-25) was second-team all-league at 126.

Junior Sadik Ahmed (182, 5-29), sophomores Tyler O'Reilly (220, 31-16) and Ethan Stofel (170, 18-27) and freshman Nikita Kitaev (106, 20-16) were third-team all-league.

Other key wrestlers eligible to return are juniors Frankie Achambeng (heavyweight, 27-18) and Andrew DeVictor (138, 17-18).

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