HHS, MHS battle Hesston, Chase County in double dual

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The Hillsboro and Marion wrestling teams finished their pre-holiday schedule with a double-dual meet Thursday at Marion.

In their opening dual, Hillsboro defeated Hesston, 44-22. The Trojans won five of seven matches on the mat, including pins by Daniel Yoder (140 pounds), James Bina (171) and Kurtis Shaw (275). Tim Glahn (145) and Billy Winegarner (160) won on points.

Ricky Johnson (112), Ryan Janzen (119) and Andrew Bina (130) won by forfeit. The Trojans forfeited only one match.

“I thought it was going to be a little closer than it was,” coach Corey Burton said of the matchup between the two MCAA rivals.

“Kurtis Shaw really came up with a big win for us. It was a big win for the team and a big win for him. (Shaw’s opponent, Matt Koehn) is a new wrestler, but he’s a good athlete.”

In their second match, the Trojans managed only three wins in eight matches on the mat and Chase County won handily, 48-19.

Glahn recorded the only pin for Hillsboro while Janzen and Winegarner won on points. Shaw had Hillsboro’s only win by forfeit, while the Bulldogs picked up four forfeit wins.

“We knew Chase County was going to be tough,” Burton said. “We matched up some of our tough kids against some of their tough kids, and we knew some of those matches were going to go back and forth. They are really pretty solid all the way through.

“We lost that dual, but we won four matches-and three of those by points,” he said. “But that’s OK. You’re not going to pin people at the state tournament. You need to learn to wrestle in those tight matches and learn how to win.”

The Warriors, meanwhile, nearly defeated their Cottonwood Valley League rivals from Chase County team in the first match, but settled for a 33-33 tie.

The outcome hinged on a key matchup between Thad Looper and Nathan Whitcomb, Chase County, at 189 pounds. The two athletes were tied in the final seconds of the third period when Looper inadvertently gave Whitcomb the winning point by letting him escape from a hold.

The match went to Whitcomb, 22-21, giving the Bulldogs three team points and a 33-27 lead.

Brother Drew Looper earned a tie for the Warriors when he pinned Josh Atkins in the final match at 215 pounds.

Other Warriors claiming wins on the mat were Zac Ewert (130), Jordan Trapp (145) and Chris Freeby (152) by fall, and Steven Boone (171) by decision. Chelsea Arnhold (103) won by forfeit.

The Bulldogs held a 3-1 edge in forfeit wins, which gave them a 12-point advantage in team scoring.

“This was a great dual for us,” coach Chad Adkins said. “We can win this dual in the future. We had several opportunities to do so. The kids wrestled great.”

In their second dual, the Warriors dominated Hesston, 42-27.

Winning on the mat for Marion were Arnhold, Trapp and Freeby by fall, and Gavin Moore (119), Ewert and Dallas Wells (215) by forfeit. The Warriors held a 3-2 edge in forfeit wins.

“We ended the first part of the season in great fashion,” Adkins said. “I am very excited about the remainder of the year.”

The Trojan and Warrior varsity teams will return to action Jan. 9 with a double-dual in Hillsboro. Minneapolis and Haven also will compete there.

Burton said he was feeling good about the way his team has been developing to this point.

“We know we have some little things to work on all the way through, and we haven’t been able to give our young kids the exposure they need as far as tournaments because we haven’t had any JV tournaments yet,” he said.

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