Big Walnut’s Bailey Munday is on the outside looking in, but the sophomore earned the right to be a state alternate, thanks to a solid showing at Friday and Saturday’s Division I district wrestling tournament in Hilliard.
Munday (113), who entered the showcase with a solid 32-7 record, won his first-round match after pinning Hilliard Davidson’s Micah Dusseau in 5:41.
He lost his second-round showdown as Tri-Valley’s William Harris, the eventual district runner-up, edged him 14-11, but made a strong run through the consolation bracket to close in fifth place.
Munday started his push with a 7-1 win over Marysville’s Regi Reed before knocking off Pickerington Central’s Vu Nguyen 6-4. After a loss in the consolation semis, he doubled up Mount Vernon’s Cameron Farmer 4-2 in the fifth-place match.
Big Walnut junior Nick Dimitroff capped a stellar season with a 22nd-place finish at last Thursday’s Division I state diving championship in Canton.
He finished with a score of 164.20.
Big Walnut didn’t make the Division I girls district bowling tournament as a team, but freshman Kaitlyn Morrison, competing as an individual qualifier, finished 45th overall Saturday at Palace Lanes in Columbus.
She rolled games of 182, 137 and 169 for a combined 488 in what was the final match of her season.
Big Walnut’s Matthew Priestas was steady in the final match of his sophomore season, finishing 36th among the 126 bowlers who scored at the Division I boys district bowling tournament Saturday at Palace Lanes.
He rolled games of 216, 188 and 169 for a three-game total of 573.
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