ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY DON RATZLAFF
Three Hillsboro High School wrestlers won medals at a tough 11-team Herington tournament on Saturday.
The Trojans? highest finisher was sophomore Ronnie Davis, who won two of three matches for second place in the 215-lb. class. Davis lost to Knudson from 4-A Chapman in the finals after pinning wrestlers from Onaga and Wabaunsee in his opening matches.
?It was good for Ronnie to make the finals, but he faced a real tough kid in the finals,? said coach Corey Burton.
Also winning a medal for Hillsboro were James Bina, who notched a 3-1 record in the 135-lb. class, and Carson Greenhaw, who was 2-1 in the 140-lb. class. Both finished third.
?Carson beat a kid for third who had beaten him earlier in the day so that was a big one for him,? Burton said.
As a team, Hillsboro placed ninth among 11 schools with 46 points. Marion finished one spot higher with 50 points. Chapman won the tournament with 204 points.
?The guys did a pretty nice job,? Burton said. ?It was a pretty tough tournament.?
Haven duals?Last Thursday, the Trojan wrestling team came off their holiday break with dual wins against Haven, 48-30, and Marion, 36-20.
?We were happy to pick up a couple of wins, especially against Haven, a league school,? said Burton.
Ronnie Davis led the Trojans by winning both his matches by fall. Against Haven, Davis pinned Don Rivers at 1:23 in the first period, then came back against Marion to pin John Karhoff. Davis wrestles in the 215-lb. class.
Bri Ratzlaff (103-lbs.) and Jared Hefley (130) were the other Trojan to win by fall against Haven. Carson Greenhaw (140) and Ryan Jilka (160) outscored their opponents, 12-7 and 15-9, respectively, for the Trojans? other on-mat wins.
Davis was the only Trojan to win on the mat against Marion. The Trojans were awarded five wins by default and the Warriors one.
Zac Ewert, Shawn Stuart and Jim Helmer of Marion scored on-mat wins against Hillsboro.
Because wrestlers are limited in the number of matches they can participate in during the season, the Warriors did not enter a full slate against Hillsboro.
?I thought Ronnie Davis really wrestled well, picking up two good pins,? Burton said. ?We were a little rusty, but we?ve got a lot of drilling to do over the next couple weeks to get back into the flow of things.?