ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The loss of two wrestlers to injuries was a key factor in Hillsboro High School’s second-place team finish at the Southeast of Saline Round Robin Dual Team Invitational Saturday.
The Trojans lost Ron Davis to a knee injury last week and were without the services of Chuck Bina at Saturday’s tournament. Bina suffered a sprained neck and may be out until regionals.
Their absence, plus a few subpar performances, cost Hillsboro their showdown with Remington and the tournament title. The Broncos defeated HHS in points, 40-36, and went on to win the five-team tournament with a 4-0 record.
The Remington match likely would have gone the other way if Bina and Davis were competing. Hillsboro gave up what would amount to a 12-point swing with a vacancy in Davis’s weight class.
At the same time, the Trojans also suffered a couple of upsets, including Carson Greenhaw’s 6-5 loss to Remington’s Casey Gobel.
“We kind of had a letdown against Remington,” coach Cory Burton said. “That hurt us. They had some decent kids and we matched up with them with decent kids. The matches just didn’t turn our way.”
Hillsboro finished 3-1 for the day with easy wins over St. John’s Military 66-6, 56-9 over the host team, and 51-21 over Marion.
The tournament gave Hillsboro a final 14-2 record in duals competition.
Hillsboro was helped with a bundle of wins by forfeit. Two Trojans, Bri Ratzlaff and Danny Yoder, for example, won all four of their matches because they had no opposition. John Sims and Jared Hefley each won three matches by forfeit.
Ryan Janzen and Cody Pankratz were the only Trojans to face opposition in all four matches. Janzen finished 2-2 with two pins. Pankratz was 1-3 with one pin.
James Bina went 4-0 with one forfeit, one pin, one technical fall and a 4-2 win on points. Ryan Jilka was 4-0 with a forfeit, two pins and a 5-4 win on points. Wade Sorensen went 4-0 with two pins and two forfeits.
“We wrestled pretty well most of the day,” coach Cory Burton said. “We had some kids who wrestled some really good matches. We just need to get into the (training) room and work on our focus the next two weeks and make sure we’re ready for regionals.”
Coming-Before regional competition, the Trojans will compete for a league title with the Mid Central Activities Association tournament Saturday in Lyons. Matches begin at 9 a.m.
Burton said injuries will make their quest for a title more difficult.
“We’re gong to have to wait to see where we end up in the midst of things,” he said.