The biggest jump of the wrestling postseason will take place this weekend when the Division II and III district meets take place.
Chillicothe will send four wrestlers to the Division II district at Goshen, and the Cavaliers think they have a chance to keep their season going after that.
“We were hoping to have even more kids get to this level, but the kids we have are excited,” Chillicothe coach Mike Peck said. “We didn’t finish as high as we thought we could (at last week’s sectional), but we had some guys who really grew up.”
Nicholas Lawhorn (113), Caleb Price (132), Jacob Price (145) and Christian Collins (145) will represent the Cavs.
“We’ve had a good week of practice,” Peck said. “The good thing about this week is, the OHSAA lets you practice against other schools, so we’ve had a couple of different faces in so we’re not having to beat up on each other all the time.”
The Division II district starts at 2 p.m. today, with the finals set for Saturday.
Paint Valley’s seven-person wrestling team will send six to the Division III district meet at Philo High School, outside of Zanesville.
“Realistically, we have two juniors that have been to districts before, and we’re looking for them to win a couple matches while they’re there,” Bearcats coach Dave Salomone said. “When you go for the first time, it’s easy to get lost in the bright lights. But those guys have been there before.”
Mark Clifford (195) won two matches at the district as a freshman two years ago. Tyler Stoneburner (120) also has been there before, and enters as a sectional champion.
“Having guys who have been there before makes it a lot easier,” Salomone said. “A lot of kids go there to just hang on, but having guys like we have who have been through it (before) helps. Our guys are real excited. Some are excited just to be going, but some are excited about going on.”
Also for Paint Valley, Dominic Salomone (145), Tegan McFadden (152), Caleb Johnson (170) and DeShawn Davis (220) will compete.
Adena’s Nic Peecher (106); Southeastern’s Alex Gordy (106), Allen Shope (120), Shane Gibbs (126), Travis Abner (138), Dez Perkins (170) and Benjamin Keaton (220); Westfall’s Sierra Vulgamore (120), Colton Park (145), Ethan Allen (152), Josh Green (160) and Jeremiah Koah (Hwt.) and Zane Trace’s Bobby Orr (113), Josh Wilson (126), Harley Halley (160), Brandon Coder (182) and Shay Greenwalt (Hwt) will take part in the tournament at Philo.