HHS night to recognize wrestlers of all ages

Local wrestling fans are in for an unprecedented treat next Thursday, Feb. 11, when the Hillsboro High School, Hills?boro Middle School and Kids Club wrestling programs will host ?Trojan Wrestling: Past, Present and Future? at Brown Gymnasium.

The event will combine home duals for both the high school and middle school wrestling teams, with programs to honor people involved with Hillsboro wrestling since its inception.

With the HHS squad hosting only one varsity event this season, head coach Scott O?Hare saw the unique scheduling as an opportunity.

?The middle school and high school both have home duals on the same day, so we thought this would be a great time to show the community what the program has done since 1992,? O?Hare said.

At the conclusion of the first high school dual, the program will preview its future with the introduction of current Kids Wrestling Club members, age 4 to 14, before honoring its past with the introduction of former HHS wrestlers.

?We tell our wrestlers that the program is a kind of family, that once a Trojan wrestler, always a Trojan wrestler,? said middle school head coach and high school assistant coach Kurt Bowman. ?If we truly believe in what we are telling the kids, we need to take steps to include and take care of those who have come before.?

All former wrestlers in attendance will be recognized, and the wrestlers, state qualifiers and state placers of the five-year anniversary teams (2005, 2000 and 1995) will be individually honored.

Before the final high school dual of the evening, focus will shift back to the present with ?Senior Night? activities for the HHS team. Six senior wrestlers and their parents will be recognized for their contributions to the team this year and throughout their high school careers.

The seniors on the team are Matthew Yoder, Dimitri McClelland, Jared King, Max Bertinchamp, Evan Just and A.J. Litchfield.

Following the competitions, the evening will conclude with a reception open to all former and current Hillsboro wrestlers and their families in the high school commons area.

?The reception is an opportunity to share past memories and catch up with old friends and will be the perfect end to a night of Hillsboro wrestling,? Bowman said.

That evening the HHS wrestlers will take on league competition from Marion, Smoky Valley and Hoisington. The middle school will face Herington and Halstead. Wrestling begins at 4:30 p.m.

Organizers are asking former wrestlers and HHS alumni to help spread the word of the event, especially to wrestlers from the honoree classes.

For more information, contact O?Hare at 785-470-1086 or scott.ohare@usd410.net, or Bowman at 6200877-7492, or connect with the Hillsboro Wrestling group on Facebook.

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