MARYSVILLE — Jacee Altaffer and Makaya Crisenbery are state bound.
The Montpelier girls wrestling duo posted strong showings on Sunday as Altaffer finished second at 111 pounds and Crisenbery fourth at 121 at the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association Girls Northwest District Tournament at Marysville High School.
The top four wrestlers in each of the 14 weight classes advanced to this weekend’s OHSWCA state tournament at Hilliard Davidson High School. The state meet will be the second conducted by the OHSWCA; this was the first season with district tournaments as four took place throughout the state Sunday.
Altaffer and Crisenbery combined to post a 3-3 record. Altaffer, a freshman, edged Archbold’s Logen Bowerman for a 5-3 decision in the semifinals, then lost to Miami East’s Olivia Shore via pin in 41 seconds in the championship match.
Crisenbery had a tougher route to state. But the Locos’ sophomore came through in a big way.
Crisenbery opened with a 10-7 decision over Parkway’s Treya Conn in the quarterfinal, but lost via pin in 19 seconds to Sidney’s Josie Davis in the semifinals.
In the consolation semifinals — the go-to-state match — Crisenbery pinned Rossford’s Liv Hussar in 4:41 to advance.
Conn avenged her earlier loss by pinning Crisenbery in 2:18 in the third-place match.
The Locos finished with 32 points to finish sixth in the team standings. Miami East, which had five individual district champions, edged Marysville 229-208.5 for the team title.
Napoleon’s Kloe Wulff (137 pounds) and Defiance’s Carmela Castaneda (126) earned district championships in their respective weight classes.