As the snow finally departed from central Ohio, a blaze of basketball games and wrestling matches dominated
the schedule. Area wrestlers began their road to the
state tournament as teams from Madison, Union and Delaware counties
turned in impressive performances in sectional action. Then there was regular season perfection in OCC hoops…
As the snow finally departed from central Ohio roads in the middle of last week, a blaze of basketball games and wrestling matches dominated the schedule throughout the area. Area wrestlers began their road to the state tournament as teams from Madison, Union and Delaware counties turned in impressive performances in sectional action.
Then there was regular season perfection in three Ohio Capital Conference boys basketball divisions and the Northland boys basketball team completed an amazing record against Columbus City League opponents.
As I blogged earlier in the week, Bloom-Carroll coach Tom Petty captured his 500th win as a head coach.
And a Knox County girls basketball team won its first tournament game in over a decade.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Olentangy Liberty, wrestling: The Patriots won a Division I Central District sectional championship at Pickerington Central High School with 260 points, which was 66 more points than second place Mount Vernon.
Olentangy Liberty won four weight classes and was second in four others. The Patriots won back-to-back weight classes as Craig Thomas defeated Brad Myers of Dublin Jerome 10-3 at 140 pounds and Ethan Snyder won a 9-6 decision over Reynoldsburg’s Zach Hartsell at 145 pounds.
Also winning weight classes for Olentangy Liberty were Jarrod Boone landing a 15-1 major decision over Lancaster’s Ben Davis at 125 pounds and Luke Fleming edging Cameron Summers of Marion-Franklin 10-8 at 189 pounds.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brady Hutchins, Canal Winchester wrestling: Hutchins had a big weekend for the Indians, landing his 100th career win and winning his weight class at 119 pounds at the Division II Central District Amanda-Clearcreek sectional. The Canal Winchester junior landed a 17-3 decision over Olentangy’s Michael Webber in the weight title match. Out of Hutchin’s 102 career wins, 68 of them have come by pin.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Marysville on top: The Marysville wrestling team won a Division I Central District title at Watkins Memorial, beating second place Teays Valley 239-205.5 points. Marysville won four of the individual weight classes, started with Noah Forrider beating Gahanna’s Kasee McDougle 14-7 in the title match at 119 pounds and Jake McCombs landing a 14-6 victory at 125 pounds over Watkins Memorial’s Andrew Boehm.
Also winning for Marysville was Caleb Marsh at 160 pounds, who took a 15-3 decision over Teays Valley’s Brocky Leidecker, and Nate Weeks at 215, who landed a 15-0 technical fall victory over New Albany’s Matt Odierno.
Riding over the competition: The West Jefferson wrestling team won a Division III Central District championship at Utica, beating out second place Amanda-Clearcreek 285-164.5 points. The Roughriders qualified 11 wrestlers for the Heath district competition and had 10 advance to sectional final matches.
Sectional champions for West Jefferson were: Gennar Feucht (103 pounds), Aaron Branham (119), Nathan Blackwell (145), Sean Prather (152), Jake Cochran (171) and Tyler Fabry (215).
Absolute perfection: There is perfection. Then there is the perfection of the Northland boys basketball senior class, who ran their record in the Columbus City League to 60-0, and won their fourth straight league title with a 65-52 win over Marion-Franklin. Jared Sullinger posted a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds for the undefeated Vikings and J.D. Weatherspoon added 16 points.
More perfection: Three Ohio Capital Conference teams won divisional championships with perfect records as Gahanna (19-0) won the Ohio Division, Westerville South (20-0) won the Cardinal Division and Upper Arlington (19-0) won the Central Division.
Upper Arlington had the toughest road to haul in the last weekend of division play as the Golden Bears held off Dublin Coffman 65-62 to clinch the outright division title. The Golden Bears scored the first seven points in the clash and led by 20 in the third quarter but had to hold off a frenzy charge from the Rocks.
Brian Sullivan led Upper Arlington with 25 points.
An Orange capital: Led by Taylor Rieger scoring 17 points, the Olentangy Orange boys basketball team edged Delaware 54-50 to capture a share of the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division championship. Orange improved to 16-3 overall and 12-2 in division play as Cameron Seehan chipped in 15 points and Zack Joseph added 10. The Pioneers had to survive a 20-13 run by Delaware in the fourth quarter.
Logan Elm repeats: The Braves repeated as Mid-State League Buckeye champions with a 51-38 win over Canal Winchester. Logan Elm used its size advantage inside to pull away by as many as 18 points in the second half, led by senior post player Logan Hauserman, who had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Adam Blake added 15 points for the Braves, which finished the regular season at 18-2 and 13-1 in league play.
Runnin’ Stallions: DeSales assembled a 27-10 run in the third quarter of a Central Catholic League clash to knock off archrival Watterson 66-49. Adam Griffin and Aaron Selmek each scored 15 points for DeSales, which improved 18-2 overall and a perfect 10-0 in league play.
Long time coming: The Mount Gilead girls basketball team landed its first tournament win since 1996 with a 52-42 victory over East Knox in a Division III Central District sectional tournament game. A 19-7 third quarter helped Mount Gilead overcome a four-point halftime deficit. Jessie Baldridge led Mount Gilead with 21 points and Michelle Heacock and Erica Salisbury each added eight points.
MOAC champions: The Buckeye Valley boys basketball team clinched a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division title with a 67-55 win over Marion Elgin, led by Troy Clark scoring 21 points and Chris Jackson adding 13.
The North Union girls basketball team clinched a share of the MOAC Red Division title with a 63-52 win over River Valley. Reagan Stofcheck led North Union with 17 points.
Pickerington Central vs. Dublin Scioto girls basketball at Dublin Jerome on Thursday at 8 p.m.: Two of the top 10 seeds in the Central District collide with a trip to the Division I district tournament on the line.
Northland vs. Groveport/Marysville winner boys basketball at Hilliard Bradley, Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.: The Vikings look to start their state title defense against an Ohio Capital Conference opponent.
Division I wrestling district tournament at Hilliard Darby, Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.: Look for Marysville and Olentangy Liberty to be leading contenders.
Division III wrestling district tournament at Heath, Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. Look for West Jefferson to capture a district title and for Northmor and Amanda-Clearcreek to potentially turn in good showings.
Division III girls basketball district tournament at Olentangy Orange, Tuesday at 6:15 and 8 p.m.: Some of the teams that could be playing include Newark Catholic, Bishop Ready, Heath and Amanda-Clearcreek.