HILLIARD — Several Mount Vernon Yellow Jacket wrestlers took some big steps Friday toward the state meet.
Four of them — Dakota Riley, Lane Hinkle, Lucas Staten and Matthew Lybarger — went 2-0 to advance to the semifinals. One more win could guarantee a trip to the big dance.
Add in three more victories by Tyler Zeller, Caleb Warren and Jordan Crabtree, and the Jackets currently sit in second place as a team at the Division I Central District wrestling tournament at Hilliard Darby High School.
“Our guys came out really aggressive,” said Mount Vernon head coach John Brown. “When you get seven out of nine wins, you’re doing well.”
Riley (41-2), the only senior in the 113-pound weight class, dominated his two opponents. He defeated Marysville’s Sigundo Camerlengo by technical fall, then pinned Central Crossing’s James Wimer in 4:18.
Hinkle (35-7), who surprised many observers by earning a state berth last year, didn’t take anyone by surprise this time around. Still, at 132 pounds, he easily dispatched Upper Arlington’s Sam Beam by technical fall, then pinned Watkins Memorial’s Dylan Scott at 3:38. His next opponent, Hillard Davidson’s Lee Wilson, is one of the top-ranked wrestlers in the state.
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