ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY BRIAN HUXMAN
Hillsboro?s Chuck Bina, Ronnie Davis and Carson Greenhaw are on their way to the state wrestling tournament.
The Trojan trio earned a trip to Hays this weekend after finishing among the top four in their respective weight classes in regional tournament Saturday in Hesston.
?I thought we could qualify three guys for state and we did that,? coach Corey Burrton said. ?But we also had several others who were just one match away from making it, and we scored more team points than I thought we would.?
Davis was the highest finisher, earning third place at 215 pounds.
The third-place match was a classic as Davis took on a former teammate from Marion, James Karhoff. The two have dueled several times this season.
Davis took a 1-0 lead early in the match with an escape, but Karhoff came back to tie the match before the end of the second period at 1-1.
Karhoff then took a 2-1 lead with another escape. Davis tried for a take-down throughout much of the final period, but was unsuccessful until about three second before the buzzer. The two-point maneuver gave him the third-place finish.
Meanwhile, Greenhaw had to fight through a knee injury, which was later described as a ligament strain, in order to even make it to his third-place match.
Greenhaw used his quickness to defeat Joseph Garten of Remington, 12-3, to advance to the third-place contest.
He twice got near-falls with a cradle attempt, but could not finish the match and settled for an easy win on points.
In his final match of the day, Greenhaw could not get going against Jake Walsh of Central Heights and lost, 8-2.
Bina had an easy match to get to the third-place bout, pinning Clint Schneider of Hesston in just 48 seconds.
In the consolation finals, Bina could not overcome the immense pressure from Jared Heinze of Cheney and lost to the junior by pinfall with just 16 seconds remaining in the final period.
Freshman James Bina was caught in a log-jam at 135 pounds, going 3-2 for the tournament but not qualifying for state.
James Bina and Davis were the only two Trojans who finished with winning records, while John Sims, Greenhaw, Ryan Jilka, Chuck Bina and Sorensen each were 2-2.
The three Trojans headed to state will have a tough row to hoe, Burrton said.
?When you?re a third or fourth seed from a regional, you know you are going to get a one or two seed from another regional in the first round,? Burrton said. ?It won?t be easy. I just hope we can win some matches.?
The tournament begins Friday at 9 a.m. and will continue through Saturday in Hays.