ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The Hillsboro wrestling team closed out its pre-holiday schedule by splitting a pair of dual matches at Cottonwood Falls on Thursday.
The Trojans opened with a lopsided 63-16 win over Hesston.
The Trojans benefited from six wins by forfeit while giving up only one. On the mat, the Trojans won five matches and lost two.
Four of those wins came by fall. Eric Cress, wrestling at 125 pounds, pinned Casey Kientz at 1:18 of the first period. Alex Goossen (130) pinned Brad Siemens at 3:44 in the second period. Andrew Bina (140) pinned Brady Janzen at 3:41 of the second period. Kurtis Shaw (275) pinned Levi Daniels at 1:01 in the opening period.
Tim Glahn (171) defeated Craig Miller by a 7-2 score.
Coming up on the short end for the Trojans were Ricky Johnson (112), who was outscored, 15-4, by David King, and Adam Dirks (160), who was pinned by Kyle Spencer at the 1:12 mark of the first period.
Benefiting from forfeit wins were Daniel Bookless (112), Jesse Boucher (119), Ryan Janzen (135), Daniel Yoder (145), Ryan Kaiser (152) and Caleb Barkman (189).
The Trojans found the competition much tougher against the home team, Chase County. The Bulldogs prevailed, 47-31.
Both teams each benefited from two forfeit wins. The Trojans went 4-6 on the mat.
Wrestling for wins for Hillsboro were: Bookless, who defeated Ross Eidman, 15-2; Johnson, who pinned Levi Bower at 1:48; Bina, who outscored Josh Shull, 5-0; and Yoder, who pinned Dusty Martin at the 0:51 mark of the first period.
Boucher and Shaw won by forfeit.
Taking losses for the Trojans were: Cress, who was pinned by Chris Cooper at 3:14 in the second period; Goessen, who was outscored 16-0 by Seth Wessel; Kaiser, who was pinned by Paul Hartley at 3:02 in the second period; Dirks, who was pinned by Lee Heinen at the 1:03 mark in the opening period; Glahn, who was pinned by Kyle Smith at 3:59 in the second period; and Barkman, who was pinned by Jared Whitcomb at 3:15 of the second period.
Marion also competed in the double-dual, but the Warriors’ results had not been submitted by press time.
The Trojans and the Warriors will return to competition Jan. 8 with a double dual at Haven.
Junior varsity-The Trojans played host to a junior varsity meet Saturday.
Ricky Johnson took first in the “A” pool at 112 pounds with a 2-0 record; Josh Jost (2-0) won the 140-pound “B” pool; Zach Magnuson (1-1) placed second at 103A; Jesse Boucher (1-2) was third at 119A; Ross Schroeder (1-2) was third at 119B; Eric Cress (3-0) won at 125A; Karl Magnuson (2-1) was second at 140A; Adam Dirks (2-0) won 160A; Caleb Barkman (2-1) was second at 189B; and Darcy Unrau (4-0) placed first at 125B.