Hindered by multiple open weight classes, the Hillsboro wrestling team began its season with a pair of dual losses Thursday in Brown Gymnasium.
The Trojan were defeated by Minneapolis, 57-15, and by Halstead, 39-30.
Against Minneapolis, Hillsboro was open through the first six weight classes, giving up 36 team points before Cody Delk went to the mat to receive a forfeit for Hillsboro.
Preston Nelson, wrestling at 152 pounds, took the mat for Hillsboro’s first official match of the season, but lost a 7-3 decision to Jacob Griffith.
In the remaining matches, Jesse Meier lost by fall at 160 to Justin Klein; Tanner Jones claimed a 6-1 decision at 170 over Tanner Lott; Zac Ghahrmanzedeh lost by fall at 182 to Colby Berry; Levi Mendoza lost by fall to Quentin Clark at 195; and Tyrell Thiessen won by fall over Tanner Gremmel at 285.
In the Halstead dual, only two matches actually were contested. Halstead filled four of the first six weights, receiving 24 forfeit points. The Dragons were open at five weights from 152-285.
Hillsboro lost the two matches that were contested: Cody Delk lost by 7-0 decision to Nic Johnson at 145, and Meier lost by fall at 160 to Alex Thibault, the 2011 Class 3-2-1A state runner-up.
“As expected, these opening duals gave us an early indication of where we stand, as both Halstead and Minneapolis have traditionally had some talented and experienced wrestlers. We looked good at times and did some good things. However, we also made our share of mistakes and took it on the chin a few times,” coach Scott O’Hare said.
“I felt like overall we battled tough and wrestled hard. I was hoping to get more matches throughout the evening to give the guys a better feel for wrestling in a competition atmosphere and allow us to see more of them in that situation.”
O’Hare said many of the mistakes his athletes made were the result of inexperience and unfamiliarity with some positions. Others were due to fundamental mistakes such as stance and positioning.
“We will continue to drill some of these fundamentals as we work on new and more advanced techniques,” O’Hare said.
“I still believe we have good things ahead,” he added. “It will just take productive practice time and hard work.”
Coming—The Trojans will compete among teams from 19 other schools Friday at the Hesston Invitational tournament. Matches begin at 9 a.m.