Hillsboro, Marion struggle for wins at Halstead tournament

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The Hillsboro and Marion wrestling teams found the going tough at the 29th Halstead Invitational Wrestling Tournament Friday and Saturday.

A depleted Hillsboro squad did not have a wrestler make it into the championship semifinals, and finished 15th overall in the 20-team field.

Going into the tournament, the Trojans were without the services of state qualifiers Ryan Janzen and Tim Glahn as well as varsity starters Ryan Kaiser and Alex Goossen-all because of injury.

During the tournament, Hillsboro’s best remaining hope for a high medal, senior state qualifier Daniel Yoder, got off to a 1-1 start on Friday but had to withdraw on Saturday because of the flu.

Yoder had pinned Kane Little of Douglass in his opening round, then lost to Chad Carter of El Dorado, 5-0, in his second match.

“Based on those he has already wrestled this year, (Yoder) would have easily been in the top four,” coach Scott O’Hare said.

“With Danny being sick, our squad finished the tournament with four sophomores wrestling,” O’Hare said. “I was pleased with how they came back from loses Friday night and performed pretty well on Saturday.”

Andrew Bina, wrestling at 140 pounds, and Kurtis Shaw at 275, did place sixth in their respective weight classes with 3-3 records.

Also competing for Hillsboro were Ricky Johnson, who was 2-2 at 112 pounds, and Eric Cress, 2-2 at 125 pounds.

“It was good to get Andrew and Kurtis into the medal rounds, and both Ricky and Eric lost close decisions to get into the medal round,” O’Hare said.

“They all four definitely gained valuable experience wrestling some good competition in a tough tournament. That experience will pay off for them later this season.”

Marion, meanwhile, did have one wrestler finish among the top three. Steven Boone placed third at 171 pounds. As a team, the Warriors finished 12th with 47 points.

Other individual results were not available at press time.

Douglass won the tournament with 168 points.

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