ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Hillsboro and Marion each placed four wrestlers in the medals round of the Hesston Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
The Trojans’ James Bina came away with the only first-place performance for the day. The senior went 4-0, including two pins, to win the 160-pound class. He defeated Steve Hermes of Andale, 4-2, in the medals round to win the title.
“James wrestled extremely well,” coach Corey Burton said. “This was the first time he had beaten (Hermes) after losing to him twice last season. He wrestled a real smart match and did what he had to do at the end to win it.”
Ryan Janzen of Hillsboro just missed a gold medal at 119 pounds. After winning his first two matches by early pins, the Trojan junior lost to Sean Alford of Eureka, 12-10, in the medals round.
The other two Trojans to compete in this tournament each finished fourth.
Daniel Yoder, wrestling at 140 pounds, went 2-2 on the day-with all four matches decided on points. He lost to Daniel Zimmerman of Chaparral in the battle for third place.
Tim Glahn, wrestling at 145, also went 2-2. After being pinned in his opening match, he won the next two to reach the consolation finals. There he lost a 5-4 decision to Joe Hall of Chaparral.
As a team, the Trojans placed seventh among 15 teams with 61 points. Marion was right behind with 60 points. Andale won the tournament with 165 points.
Burton said his team achieved its goal of placing all four wrestlers in the medals round.
“We had hoped to finish a little higher as a team, but I thought we did well given the situation,” he said.
For Marion, Steven Boone registered the highest individual finish. The junior finished second at 171 pounds, losing to Eric Stuhlsatz of Garden Plain, 14-6, in the medals round.
Chelsea Arnhold and Zac Ewert each placed third for the Warriors. Arnhold, wrestling at 103 pounds, defeated Jeremy Vancil of West Elk, 13-0, in the consolation finals of the medals round, while Ewert pinned Noah Schroeder of McPherson to take third at 130 pounds.
Thad Looper placed fourth for Marion when he was pinned by Miles Bidwell of West Elk in the consolation finals at 189 pounds.
Chris Freeby went 2-2, but did not qualify for the medals round.
Hillsboro Quad-Marion came away the big winner at the Hillsboro Quadrangular Thursday, winning both of its dual matches-including a win over the Trojans.
The Warriors defeated Haven in their first match, 42-33. MHS won six of 10 matches on the mat, all by fall. Recording pins were Jordan Trapp, Chris Freeby, Steven Boone, Adam Depler, Thad Looper and Drew Looper. Chelsea Arnhold won by forfeit.
“We started a little slow tonight, but we picked up the pace and pocked up a win,” coach Chad Adkins said. “I was really proud of the kids, and they way they rallied back. It was a big win for us.”
Hillsboro, meanwhile, slipped past Halstead in its first match, 36-33. The Trojans held a 4-3 edge in competitive matches, with all four wins coming by fall. Picking up those wins were Ryan Janzen, Andrew Bina, Daniel Yoder and James Bina.
“We we glad to get the win over Halstead,” coach Corey Burton said. “They are a league school and were 3-0 at the time.”
In the nightcap, Marion came away with a solid 45-24 win over Hillsboro when the two teams squared for their second matches.
The Warriors won five of eight competitive matches and had a 3-1 edge in forfeited matches.
Winning by fall were Gavin Moore, Freeby and Drew Looper. Arnhold and Zac Ewert won on points.
“The kids wrestled well tonight,” Adkins said. “We are getting to the point where we can fill some weight classes. That helps.”
All three Trojan wins came by fall. Recording those pins were Yoder, Bina and Glahn.
“We knew Marion would be tough, and they have a few more weight classes covered than we do,” Burton said. “Those forfeits can really hurt you.”
Coming-Hillsboro and Marion will both close out their pre-holiday schedules with a double-dual meet at Marion on Thursday. Hesston and Chase County will also compete. Matches begin at 5:30 p.m.