Area wrestlers do battle at Hesston Invitational

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Led by weight-class champions Carson Greenhaw and Ron Davis, Hillsboro finished third at the Hesston Invitational Wrestling Tournament Saturday, Dec. 8.



Marion brought only four wrestlers to the competition but still finished 12 among 15 teams.



Greenhaw and Davis won the 160-pound and 275-pound classes, respectively, with 3-0 records.



Meanwhile, Ryan Janzen (119) and Wade Sorensen (215) placed second in their respective classes with 2-1 marks, and Bri Ratzlaff (103) and James Bina (152) finished third at their weights with 3-1 records.



“The kids did a nice job,” said coach Corey Burton. “Everybody who placed really wrestled well. Ronnie and Carson did a great job winning the tournament, and Ryan and Wade did a nice job getting into the finals. Putting four in the finals was the best we’ve ever done.”



Finishing third was the Trojans’ highest finish ever at this tournament.



“That was a goal of ours going in, to get a trophy,” Burton said. “And we were able to.”



For Marion, Steven Boone was the only competitor to place, finishing fourth at 171 pounds with a 2-2 record. Zac Ewert finished 3-2 at 125 pounds, but did not place in his weight class.



“We wrestled really well today,” said Warrior coach Chad Adkins. “We faced some good competition and it was good for our kids.”



Haven-Hillsboro split a pair of duals and Marion went 0-2 at Haven last Thursday.



The Trojans (3-1) dropped their first dual of the season to MCAA foe Halstead, 38-32. The Dragons held a 12-6 edge in forfeiture points, which proved to be the margin of victory.



For the Trojans, Tracy Jost (171), Wade Sorensen (215) and Ron Davis were the only ones to pin their opponents. James Bina (152) and Carson Greenhaw (160) won their matches by identical scores of 16-4 for the other two Hillsboro victories.



“They’ve got a pretty solid team,” coach Corey Burton said about Halstead. “The lower classes are pretty tough. They wrestled really well and put it to us.”



The Trojans and Warriors squared off in the second dual, with Hillsboro finishing on top, 35-24.



The Trojans registered five pins: Bri Ratzlaff (103) over Chelsea Arnhold, Danny Yoder (130) over Zac Ewert, Tim Glahn (145) over Chris Freeby, Greenhaw (160) over Dallas Wells and Wade Sorensen (215) over Thad Looper.



Marion wrestlers picked up two pins: Kirk Mefford (112) over Lance Bartel, and Steven Boone (171) over Tracy Jost.



In their dual match against Haven, Marion came up six points short, 41-35. The difference came in forfeits, with Marion picking up 24 points to Haven’s 30. On the mat, Arnhold with a pin and Ewert with a technical fall picked up the Warriors’ only wins.



“We wrestled like a completely different team this week,” coach Chad Adkins said. “We were very aggressive and went on the mat to win every match. Our team is headed in the right direction. Once we get all of our kids wrestling, we should be very tough.”


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