Hillsboro wins SE of Saline tourney

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
by Don Ratzlaff

Hillsboro won all four of its dual matches in impressive fashion to win the Southeast of Saline Round Robin Dual Team Invitational Saturday.

Five teams participated in the event, squaring off against each other in head-to-head matches.

The Trojans began the day with what coach Corey Burton said would be their strongest competition, Remington. But Hillsboro prevailed in seven of the 10 matches wrestled on the mat, including five by fall, to win comfortably, 60-14, with the help of 24 points from four forfeit wins.

Recording pins for the Trojans Wade Kimbrel (130 pounds), Ryan Kaiser (135), Billy Winegarner (160), Wade Sorensen (189) and Ron Davis (215).

Carson Greenhaw and James Bina (152) were the other Trojan victors, winning by decision. HHS scored 24 points on forfeit wins.

Bina’s 9-7 win against Tyler Coleman may have been the biggest of the day, according to Burton.

“Coleman had beat him twice already this year,” he said. “He’ll have him again at regionals. We knew he’d be our biggest competition at regionals and this lets us know we are right there with him. Hopefully, we’ll beat him at regionals, too.”

In their second dual, the Trojans eased past Marion, 68-9, winning all but two matches.

Recording pins for the Trojans were Danny Yoder (125) over Zac Ewert, James Bina (152) over Steven Shiplet, Sorensen over Thad Looper, Davis over Justin Bowley and Cody Pankratz (275) over Drew Looper.

Bri Ratzlaff (103) defeated Chelsea Arnhold and Greenhaw defeated Evan Sharp by decision for the other two Trojan wins.

Jake Adkins of Marion defeated Winegarner by decision and Steven Boone pinned Michael Roble for the two Warrior wins.

In their third dual, the Trojans rolled over an undermanned St. John’s Military, 66-16. Fueled largely by 48 forfeit points, the Trojans actually lost more matches than they won on the mat.

Recording wins for Hillsboro were Tim Glahn (140) and Sorensen by fall. Kimbrel and Roble lost by fall, and Winegarner lost by decision.

Hillsboro ended the day with a 54-22 win over the host team. This time, all but three weight classes were determined on the mat with the Trojans winning seven and losing four.

Recording pins for the Trojans were Glahn, Greenhaw, Bina, Winegarner and Davis. Winning by decision were Yoder and Kimbrel.

“The kids really wrestled well,” Burton said of his team’s effort. “We went in there with the goal of winning that tournament and we wanted to get things rolling and wrestle with confidence through the weekend. We did that.

“We were happy with them.”

Coming-Hillsboro will play host to the MCAA league meet on Saturday. Matches begin at 9 a.m.

“We should put a full team on the mat again,” Burton said.

The Trojans will be looking for their third league title in the five years the tournament has been held.

Burton is looking for the biggest challenges to come from Nickerson or Halstead.

Burton said he is hoping for some strong fan support.

“We’ve got some good seniors who will be wrestling their last home match,” Burton said. “They’ve all got 20-plus wins, they’re wrestling well, and this is it for them.”

Making their final home appearance will be Bri Ratzlaff, Carson Greenhaw, Wade Sorenson and Ron Davis.

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