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Mount Vernon’s Lucas Staten, left, attempts a reversal on Upper Arlington’s Vito DeBenedetto in their 145-pound semifinal match at the Division I Central District tournament at Hilliard Darby High School on Saturday. Staten lost, 9-7, in overtime.
Mount Vernon’s Lucas Staten, left, attempts a reversal on Upper Arlington’s Vito DeBenedetto in their 145-pound semifinal match at the Division I Central District tournament at Hilliard Darby High School on Saturday. Staten lost, 9-7, in overtime. (Photo by Bill Davis) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
February 25, 2013 9:56 am EST

 

HILLIARD — There was a little redemption in Saturday’s Day 2 of the Division I Central District wrestling tournament at Hilliard Darby High School.

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Mount Vernon’s Dakota Riley earned his long-awaited district title, pinning Greg Brusco of Delaware Hayes at the finals in the 113-pound weight class.

Riley, Lane Hinkle and Matthew Lybarger finished in the Top 4 of their respective classes, allowing all three to advance to to the state championships at The Ohio State University later this week.

“It’s a good day overall,” Mount Vernon head coach John Brown told the News on Saturday. “We got three people through. We’d like to get more. But they all wrestled solid and gave great effort.”

Riley’s district championship came against a rival he had already faced earlier in the year. In that match, Riley had to save his energy for a tournament the following day, yet he still managed to eek out a victory on points. This time around, there was no holding back.

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