ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Led by a weight-class championship by Eric Cress, the Hillsboro wrestling team placed second to the home team at the 16-team Eureka Invitational on Saturday.
Hillsboro rolled up 138 points to finish behind Eureka at 164.5. Marion placed ninth with 78 points.
Cress won the 140-pound title by pinning Dan Myers of Burlington, defeating Jordan Daerr of Garden Plain, 9-6, and then pinning Kurt Hershey of Hugoton in the championship match.
Hillsboro earned three second-place finishes: Ric Johnson, who was 2-1 at 130 pounds; Matt Brown, 2-1 at 145; and Andrew Bina, who lost for the first time this year by an 8-6 score in the title match at 152 pounds.
Also competing for Hillsboro were: Alex Jost, fifth place at 103 pounds with two byes and two losses; Zach Magnuson, 0-2 at 112; Chris Jensen, sixth-place at 119 with a 1-3 record; Nicholas Mueller, third with a 5-1 record at 125; Tyler Jones, 0-2 at 135; and Jacob Yoder, fourth at 160 with a 3-2 record.
For Marion, Adam Depler led the Warriors with a third-place finish at 189 pounds. Gavin Moore placed fourth at 152, Casey Nelson was fifth at 171 and Shawn Britton was fifth at 275.
Marion double dual-Hillsboro kept its duals record perfect for the season with a pair of wins Thursday at Marion.
The Trojans defeated the host team, 40-30. Hillsboro won six of the 10 matches wrestled on the mat.
Recording wins for HHS were: Zach Magnuson (112 pounds), who pinned Logan Richmond at 3:35; Nicholas Mueller (125), who defeated Hank Collett 8-2; Ric Johnson (130), who defeated Thomas McGee 13-2; Matt Brown (145), who defeated John Barr 5-0; Andrew Bina (152), who pinned Gavin Moore at 3:28; and Jacob Yoder (160), who pinned Ben Leppke at 1:57.
Picking up mat wins for Marion were: Charlie Holub (135), who pinned Tyler Jones at 4:43; Hector Cardenas (171), who pinned Darcy Unrau at 4:33; Casey Nelson (189), who pinned John Hein at 3:55; and Shawn Britton (275), who defeated Kurtis Shaw 7-2.
Alex Jost (103) and Eric Cress (140) picked up forfeit wins for Hillsboro while Adam Depler (215) did the same for Marion.
In its second dual, Hillsboro defeated a skeleton squad from Lyons, 45-18. Picking up wins on the mat for Hillsboro were Johnson by decision and Yoder by fall.
Picking up forfeit wins were Magnuson, Mueller, Cress, Unrau, Hein and Shaw, while Lyons was awarded two forfeit wins.
The results of Marion’s dual with Lyons was not available at press time.
HHS JV-The Hillsboro junior varsity team competed at Stafford on Saturday.
Following are the results: Matt Brown, 4-0 at 125 pounds; Frankie Martin, 2-2 at 130; Lonnie Benda, 2-2 at 135; Sean Leihy, 4-0 at 140; Zach Jost, 3-1 at 140; Grady Stultz, 2-1 at 145; Isaac Leihy, 1-1 at 145; Darcy Unrau, 2-2 at 160; John Hein, 2-1 at 189; and Tyler Loften, 1-2 at 189.