Central Ohio Huddle: Upper Arlington wins sixth straight swim state title


Central Ohio Huddle

Central Ohio was well represented in the state swimming meet as a
Franklin County team and athlete continue to rake in the golden
hardware. Meanwhile, area wrestlers took the leap to qualify for the
state tournament. Teams from Madison, Delaware and Union counties each
brought home district trophies.

Central Ohio was well represented in the state swimming meet as a Franklin County team and athlete continue to rake in the golden hardware. Meanwhile, area wrestlers took the leap to qualify for the state tournament. Teams from Madison, Delaware and Union counties each brought home district trophies.

The boys basketball tournament couldn’t be stopped by a late week winter storm as a Marion County team landed an upset to advance to the Fairgrounds, and a Pickaway County team punched its first ticket to the district semifinal round in 13 years.


Upper Arlington, girls swimming: The Golden Bears scored 295 points to claim their sixth consecutive state championship in Division I. Upper Arlington only won one event as Kristyn Fulcher, Nicole Wagner, Katie Van Fossen and Lauren Comer won first in the 200 medley relay. What made the difference for Upper Arlington was placing 11 events in the top-eight to compile enough points to take the team championship.


Gracie Finnegan, Watterson girls swimming: Finnegan had a huge weekend for Watterson at the state swimming championships by claiming four state crowns. Finnegan opened her busy schedule by defending her state titles in the 50-and-100-yard freestyle. Then with the help of sophomores Camey Rabold and Michele Rielly and freshman Samantha Schuttinger, the Watterson senior took part in state championships in the 200 and 400m free relays.


Olentangy wins district title: The Olentangy wrestling team claimed a Division II district championship with 135.5 points. Trevor Fiorucci improved to 40-3 on the season with an individual district title at 103 pounds. Joe Grandominico was district runner-up at 145 pounds and Anthony McHugh (112), Al Caserta (125) and Caleb Hetterscheidt (152) all finished third. Brit Yant finished fourth at 140 to make it six Brave wrestlers that will travel to the Schottenstein Center for the state tournament.

Geer gets it done: Senior Margo Geer of Milford Center Fairbanks leaves the Ohio high school state meet as the only swimmer, boy or girl, to ever win two different events four straight years. Her preliminary time of 48.63 in the 100 freestyle broke the state, state tournament and pool records she set last year. Likewise in the 50 freestyle, her time of 22.43 reset her own state tournament and pool records.

Her dominance in the sport is demonstrated by the fact that her times in both the 50 and 100 freestyle would have placed her in the top 20 swimmers in the boys Division II tournament.

West Jeff still rolling:
The West Jefferson wrestling team claimed a Division III district championship with 174.5 points and advanced six grapplers to the state tourney. Marco Guiltieri at 135 pounds, Sean Prather at 152 and Jake Cochran at 171 each won a district title for the Roughriders. Tyler Fabry (second, 215), Gennar Feucht (third, 103), Aaron Branham (third, 119) and Ryan Fultz (third, 189) also advanced to state.

Monarchs hold throne:
Marysville kept its hold on Division I in the area by winning a district championship in wrestling with 188.5 points. The Monarchs qualified eight grapplers for the state tournament and claimed four individual district titles. Jake McCombs (125 pounds), Zev Green (145), Caleb Marsh (160) and Nate Weeks (215) all won titles, and Noah Forrider (second, 119), Tyler Bass (second, 140), Josh Sisler (fourth, 135) and Kyle Thirkield (fourth, 285) advanced to the Schott.

Viking-sized comeback:
Trailing Independence 22-9 in a Division I Central District sectional final game, the Teays Valley Vikings went on a 19-2 run to claim a 46-40 win at Hilliard Bradley. Cole Bowling started the run for the Vikings by hitting two free throws and a pair of three-pointers. Nate Anderson scored a game-high 16 points for the Vikings, which allowed Independence 10 points in the first half off eight turnovers. Teays Valley boys basketball advances to a district semifinal game for the first time since 1997.

Career night for Bexley player:
Reuel Rogers dropped a career-high 30 points for Bexley in a 55-43 Division II Central District boys basketball sectional game at Centerburg. Rogers started the game hot, scoring 17 of the Lions first 23 points as Bexley took an early 23-10 advantage.

Upper Arlington squeaks by:
The fourth-seeded Upper Arlington boys basketball team needed Brian Sullivan to hit five key free throws in the fourth quarter to claim a 34-33 Division I Central District sectional game over Pickerington Central. Jeff Vaughn scored 10 points for the Golden Bears, which improved to 20-0 on the season.

The combination of Kyle Molock, Michael Green and Chuck Carkhuff all scored in double figures for the Dublin Coffman boys basketball team to send the Rocks past Logan 67-53. Fifth-seeded Coffman had a 51-34 lead going into the fourth period. Molock and Green had 14 points each and Carkhuff added 13 markers.

Tough walnut:
Big Walnut’s boys basketball team got a big fourth quarter from Tyler Beam, who hit 10 free throws and scored 14 of his 23 points in the period to knock off Buckeye Valley 56-46 in a Delaware County battle for a Division II Central District tournament ticket to the Fairgrounds. John Cannell added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles, which improved to 12-9.

Irish pride:
The unseeded Marion Catholic’s boys basketball team upset eighth-seeded Ridgedale 46-41 in a Division IV Central District sectional title game to punch a ticket to the Fairgrounds for the district tourney. The Irish, now 7-14 on the season, were led by Alex Langley-Maddy with 13 points and Jordon Herdman added 10 points.


Division I Central District girls basketball semifinals, today, at Olentangy Liberty: Tri-Valley will try and get over the hump and win a district title.
Westerville North vs. Dresden Tri-Valley, 6:15 p.m.
Gahanna vs. Northland, 8:15 p.m.

State wrestling tournament, Thursday-Saturday, Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center:
The best grapplers in the state flock to central Ohio looking to collect some state hardware. Look for Marysville, Olentangy and West Jefferson to be area leaders.

Division II Central District boys basketball semifinals, Thursday, Fairgrounds Coliseum:
Top-seeded DeSales will try to punch a ticket to the Athens regional.
Bexley vs. Big Walnut, 6:15 p.m.
Desales vs. East, 8 p.m.

Division II Central District boys basketball semifinals, Friday, Fairgrounds Coliseum:
This district bracket is wide open. Canal Winchester and Watterson played during the regular season with Watterson winning in overtime.
Canal Winchester vs. Mifflin, 6:15 p.m.
Watterson vs. Eastmoor Academy, 8 p.m.

Division I Central District boys basketball semifinals, Saturday, Fairgrounds Coliseum: Three split-sessions form one of the most exciting big school division fields in years.
Session one
Upper Arlington vs. Dublin Coffman, 10 a.m.
Marion-Franklin vs. Westerville South, 11:45 a.m.
Session two
Westerville North vs. Mount Vernon, 2:30 p.m.
Gahanna vs. Reynoldsburg, 4:15 p.m.
Session three
Teays Valley vs. Northland, 7 p.m.
Westerville Central vs. Pickerington North, 8:45 p.m.

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