Reynoldsburg grapplers claim district title, qualify five wrestlers for state

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Reynoldsburg grapplers claim district title, qualify five wrestlers for state
The Reynoldsburg High School wrestling continued its rein as titan of Division I Central District wrestling on Saturday at Hilliard Darby High School. The Raiders cruised to its third consecutive district crown, collecting 130 points. Reynoldsburg qualified five wrestlers for next weekend's state tournament, slated for Thursday-Saturday at Ohio State University.


The Reynoldsburg High School wrestling continued its rein as titan of Division I Central District wrestling on Saturday at Hilliard Darby High School.

The Raiders cruised to its third consecutive district crown, collecting 130 points.

Reynoldsburg qualified five wrestlers for next weekend's state tournament, slated for Thursday-Saturday at Ohio State University.

Westerville North, which was winless during its Ohio Capital Conference-Buckeye Division schedule, turned in an impressive performance, placing second with 96.5 points. The Warriors qualified four wrestlers for the state tourney.

Miamisburg was third (93.5) followed by Central Crossing (87) and Beavercreek (82.5).

Central Crossing was ranked first for most of the season in the area coaches poll.

Teays Valley, which finished second in the coaches poll during the regular season, took 19th (36.5) and did not qualify a wrestler for the state tourney.

Reynoldsburg crowned two champions on Saturday: Tommy Sasfy (42-4) at 135 pounds and Matt Cook (41-6) at 215.

Jasper Few (34-5) took second at 119, and Dustin Few at 140 and Jeremy Cook at 171 placed third.

Josh Nein earned an alternate spot in the state tourney after placing fifth at 103.

“This is what we've been working for all year,” Reynoldsburg coach Jason Allen said. “It's great to win our third one in a row. It's all our kids coming together. I am very pleased. Everybody on our team contributed. Everybody who came scored a point for us.”

Westerville North's top three wrestlers Josh Demas at 145, Jesse Dong at 152 and Chris Kline at 160 wrapped up expected state tourney bids with district titles.

Surprising junior Brandon Burkett (30-11) continued his banner campaign by finishing second at 130 to earn his first state tourney berth. He lost to Beavercreek's Gavin Moore 11-2 in the district finals.

“We knew Brandon had the potential to do something like this, but it was just him stepping up to have the courage to risk a little more to get a little bit more,” North coach David Grant said.

Seniors Dong (36-1) and Kline (39-0) are each ranked first in the Brian Brakeman Wrestling Report, and Demas (35-3), a transfer from Division III Marion Pleasant, is rated seventh in the Brakeman Report at 140. Last season as a freshman, Demas finished second in the state tourney at 130.

Dong is a four-time state qualifier and Kline will be making his third appearance, but each are seeking their first state title.

North is ranked fourth in the Brakeman Report behind St. Edward, Massillon Perry and Cincinnati Moeller.

Central Crossing qualified three wrestlers for the state tourney.

Senior Jason Faiella (43-4), who is ranked fourth in the Brakeman Report at 171, claimed the top spot in the weight class.

Freshman Andrew Higgins (39-6) at 103 and junior Austin Sanders (39-3) at 125 took second.

Miamisburg qualified four wrestlers for the state tourney. Earning berths were Shawn Fayette at 125 (first at district), Brett Ewing at 152 (second), Greg Roeth at 119 (third) and Tyler Regan at 112 (fourth).

Marysville, which finished sixth (82), will send four wrestlers to the state tourney. Earning spots were Caleb Marsh at 145 (second), Brandon Roshon at 152 (third), Jake McCombs at 119 (fourth) and Nate Weeks at 215 (fourth).

Host Hilliard Darby (seventh, 76) also earned fourth berths, and rival Hilliard Davidson (ninth, 61.5), Dublin Scioto (11th, 58) and Beavercreek each qualified three wrestlers.

Darby's qualifiers were Joe Crabtree at 145 (third), Travante Pitts at 125 (fourth), Ben Port at 130 (fourth) and Chase Walton at 152 (fourth).

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