Trojan wrestlers finish second in a tight MCAA field

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
In a year without a dominant team in the field, the Hillsboro Trojan wrestlers found a way to place a second at the Mid-Central Activities Association league meet in Nickerson Friday.

Hesston dethroned the Trojans as reigning champions with 146 team points and four weight-class champions.

The Trojans led a pack of four teams that grappled for second place between the Swathers and last-place Nickerson.

Hillsboro scored 115 points, followed closely by Haven with 111, Lyons with 109 and Halstead with 104. Nickerson was a distant sixth with 88 points.

“We’re happy that we ended up second, especially going in there not knowing for sure what would happen,” coach Corey Burton said. “(The field) was probably about as even as it’s been in years.”

Leading the way for Hillsboro was Ryan Janzen, who finished 3-0 in the 119-pound class and was the Trojans’ only individual champion.

“Ryan Janzen did a great job,” Burton said. All three of his wins were by fall.

Three Trojans finished second in their respective weight classes. James Bina was the runner-up at 160 pounds, coming back from an opening-round 6-2 loss to Halstead’s Dustin Foster to finish 3-1 for the day.

Also finishing second was Daniel Yoder at 140 pounds. The junior’s only loss in four matches was a 6-0 decision to Nickerson’s Jarin Berger.

“Danny had a real important match against (Buster Adkins of Halstead) who beat him a couple of weeks ago-and he got a win over him.”

Yoder won that match by pinning Adkins in the second period.

Hillsboro’s Ricky Johnson placed second at 112 pounds with a 1-1 record. He recorded a pin in his first match against Ben Colle of Nickerson, then was pinned in the title match by Chris Larsen of Lyons.

Three Trojans placed third: Karl Magnuson, who went 2-2 at 135 pounds; Tim Glahn, winless in two matches at 145; and Kurtis Shaw, who won one of his three matches at 275 pounds.

Three Trojans finished fourth: Andrew Bina, who went 1-3 at 130; Billy Winegarner, who was winless in three matches at 152; and Victor Rogers, who went 0-3 at 125.

“We felt we had a couple kids who let down a little bit in some matches, but it’s better to do that now and learn from that than to do it here over the next couple of weeks,” Burton said.

Coming-The Trojans will join 18 other teams at the Class 3-2-1A regional tournament at Chase County High School Friday and Saturday.

The field includes Cheney, Cherryvale, Chase County, Eureka, Fredonia, Frontenac, Garden Plain, Halstead, Hesston, Hillsboro, West Elk, Bluestem, Marion, Neodesha, Central Heights, Flinthills, Sedgwick, Remington, and Wichita Independent.

“We’ve got a chance to qualify a few kids in the state tournament, but I’d hate to guess how many,” Burton said.

“I feel we have some kids who should for sure qualify, and then we some kids who are kind of on a bubble. If they have a really good tournament, they could get in there, too.”

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