2 Golden Eagle grapplers advance to districts


By Ben Stroup - bstroup@delgazette.com



The Orange and Big Walnut wrestling teams were in action at a Division I sectional showcase in Upper Arlington Saturday, finishing third and 11th with respective point totals of 146 and 58.

Orange closed with seven district qualifiers while BW advanced a pair.

Bryce Houston (220) powered the Pioneers, pinning Westerville North’s Mason Hay in just 49 seconds to garner first-place points.

Logan Broskie (152), Christian Hipsher (170) and Hunter Knipp (182) were also solid, finishing second in their respective weight classes. Other Orange qualifiers included Chris Wallace (4th at 160), Robbie Wicks (4th at 195), and Albert Van Fossen (4th at 285).

Bailey Munday (113) led the Golden Eagles with a runner-up showing. He beat Mount Vernon’s Cameron Farmer 7-1 in the semifinal before falling to Central Crossing’s Jackson Lakso 19-4 in the championship.

Cole Foster (132) was the Eagles’ other qualifier, advancing with a fourth-place finish.

GIRLS BOWLING

Big Walnut finished 23rd with a 3,074 during Saturday’s Division I sectional girls bowling tournament at Palace Lanes— three spots out of district qualification.

While the Golden Eagles’ season came to an end from a team standpoint, Kaitlyn Morrison advanced as an individual. The freshman finished 58th overall with a 490 series.

The D-I district tournament is slated for Saturday back at Palace Lanes.

BOYS BOWLING

Olentangy and Big Walnut saw their seasons come to a close, at least from a team standpoint, after finishing 29th and 31st, respectively, during Friday’s Division I Sectional Tournament at Palace Lanes.

The Braves and Golden Eagles will have at least one representative at the upcoming district tourney, though. Olentangy senior Andrew Foust finished 16th among individuals with games of 204, 212 and 204 (620) to punch his ticket. The Braves’ Dominic Spain (572) and Eagles’ Matthew Priestas (558) also qualified.

SWIMMING

The Liberty boys finished fourth and the Olentangy girls closed fifth to highlight what was a solid district swimming and diving championship for area standouts over the weekend at OSU’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Patriot senior Cameron Thatcher made the most noise, winning the district 1-meter boys diving title with a meet-record score of 645.30. Looking to defend his 2015 state championship — a crown he won with a score of 630.90 — he’ll be the top seed at Thursday’s state showcase.

Orange’s Luke Cheetham and Big Walnut’s Nick Dimitroff also dove to spots in the upcoming state meet. Cheetham will be the sixth seed thanks to his district mark of 459.70 while Dimitroff will be the 16th seed courtesy of his 402.20.

By Ben Stroup

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