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Minerva experienced a myriad of emotions as it competed this past weekend at the Division II district tournament at Heath High School.
Three seniors saw their careers come to an end, while four underclassmen gained valuable experience for next season.
With the top four in each weight class moving on to the state championships, Reggie Hancock had Minerva's best showing, placing sixth at 182.
Hancock won his opening match 14-4 against Colin Minner of London. He then lost to Granville's Mathieu Holt 9-2.
Sent to the consolation bracket, Hancock needed three straight wins to reach Columbus.
The senior beat Jordan Leedham of Morgan 7-4 and Chad Mays of Beaver 14-6.
In the consolation semifinal and with a trip to state on the line, Hancock lost a tough 5-2 decision to Jackson's Billy Cooper.
Wrestling for fifth, Hancock was beaten by Eliot Clark of Bexley 11-6.
Hancock ends his senior campaign with a 27-18 record.
Also closing out their careers as a Lion wrestler were seniors Alex Lucas at 120 and Seth McGee at 152.
Lucas went 2-2 over the two-day tournament. He opened with a 4-2 overtime victory against Gunner Carpenter of Licking Valley, before dropping a tough 2-1 decision to Domenic Carfagna of Columbus DeSales.
In the consolation bracket, Lucas beat Hunter Wilson of Maysville 3-1 in sudden victory. He saw his season come to an end in his next match with a loss against Jared Stevens of Gallia Academy 5-1.
Lucas closes out the 2016-17 season with a 16-4 mark.
McGee lost is first-round match to Ethan Miller of Airfield Union 11-8.
He bounced back to pin Johnstown-Monroe's Tristan Bush at 1:33, before losing to Jarrett Munyan of Sheridan 9-4.
McGee ends his season with a 29-16 record.
"Reggie Hancock ended his career with a great run at districts," commented Head Coach Chad Hilliard. "He missed qualifying to state by one match. He has been wrestling his best at the end of the season and you couldn't ask for more than that.
"Our other seniors left everything on the mat. They have nothing to hang their heads about, and we are proud of the effort they have given over the course of their careers. We look to move forward with our wrestling program and put quality time in during the off-season to improve on each individual. There is no secret that it takes time to get better."
Freshman Luke Chaddock (26-15) went 1-2 at 106, junior Jay Chaddock (16-16) went 1-2 at 160, sophomore Nolan Smith (24-18) went 0-2 at 126, and sophomore Evan Hertel (22-19) went 0-2 at 132.