ORIGINALLY WRITTEN STAFF
The Hillsboro Middle School wrestling team completed its brief season with a pair of tournaments March 8 and 9.
Two Trojans wrestlers won their respective weight classes at the Bluestem Wrestling Tournament March 8.
Andrew Bina won the 105-pound class with a 4-0 record and Jeremy Klose won the 141-pound class with a 5-0 mark.
Lance Bartel and Kurtis Shaw finished second in their respective weight classes. Bartel was 2-1 at 110 pounds and Shaw was 3-1 at 265 pounds.
Michael Roble placed third in the 148-pound class at 2-2.
“Jeremy and Andrew wrestled well in this tournament,” coach Corey Burton said. “Jeremy pinned some very good wrestlers. I was pleased with the overall effort our boys put out trying to place.”
One Trojan finished first, two finished second and three finished third at the Cottonwood Valley League Tournament March 9.
Bartel won the 110-pound class with a 3-0 performance.
Finished second were Bina, who was 3-1 at 105 pounds, and Lee Sorensen, who was 2-1 at 265 pounds.
Chad Hughbanks and Shaw finished third. Hughbanks was 1-2 at 165 and Shaw was 2-1 at 265.
“We avenged some previous losses and got a few wins today,” Burton said. “Lance has really done well. He’s turning into a good, hard-nosed wrestler.”
For the seasons, HMS wrestler finished with a combined record of 90 wins and 103 losses.
Their individuals records are as follows, by number of wins: Jeremy Klose 17-4 (15 falls), Andrew Bina 14-6 (7), Lance Bartel 10-7 (4), Kurtis Shaw 9-8 (9), Michael Roble 7-10 (7), Lee Sorensen 6-4 (5), Jacob Daniels 6-9 (5), David Funk 5-10 (2), Neil Ollenburger 5-12 (2), Chad Hughbanks 4-4 (2), Ben Schaefer 4-4 (4), Adam Scheele 2-6 (1), Dustin Altum 1-10 (0), Jesse Austin 0-9.
“This sport has so much to do with mat experience,” Burton said. “The eighth-graders who wrestled for us really improved in winning matches this year.”
He said his five eighth-graders won five matches last year as seventh-graders. This year they won 46.