Hillsboro High School wrestling team did well at the 3-2-1A Regional Tournament at Fredonia this weekend in spite of weather complications. Out of 22 teams, the Trojans came in at ninth place.
The tournament, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, had to be postponed to Saturday and Sunday. However, part way through the tournament, with a unanimous coaches vote, the entire tournament was wrestled out on Saturday.
“They were faced with a tremendous amount of mental and physical adversity. Due to the forecasted weather conditions, we made the trip down to Fredonia on Thursday evening to ensure that our wrestlers would not miss the opportunity to compete at the regional tournament. By the time we received word Friday morning that the tournament was postponed to begin at noon on Saturday, we were unable to return back to Hillsboro because of the road conditions,” said Coach Scott O’Hare.”All things considered, this was by no means ideal circumstances to prepare for a big tournament. In the end, they all performed admirably under the circumstances.”
Three athletes in particular did very well, and will be representing the team at the state tournament this weekend.
Sophomore Jordan Bachman(30-8) will once again be returning to compete at state after taking second place in the 138 bracket.
“Following a bye in the first round, Jordan dominated his match in the quarterfinals before wrestling one of his best matches of the season in the semis. He handily defeated Martinez of Remington, who is currently ranked sixth in the state,” said O’Hare.
182 Senior Lane Flaming (24-16) took third. He lost one match in the quarterfinals, but he won the rest.
“Lane started the tournament opening up a 4-0 lead in his first round match against Quintero of Garden Plain before getting caught in a headlock and getting pinned. He bounced back with three straight wins including avenging his loss to Quintero by defeating him 19-2 in the consolation finals,” said O’Hare.
Tristan Rathbone (24-16) is the youngest of the team to make it to state. The freshmen took fourth place in the 145 weight bracker.
“Tristan opened the tournament with two decisive wins before losing 5-0 to the eventual runner-up, Nowak of Garden Plain. He was able to bounce back with a dominate performance in the consolation semifinals to earn a trip to Hays in his freshman season,” said O’Hare.
Four other wrestlers battled to within one match of qualifying for state. Charlie Major, Raymond Johnston, Kyle Horton and Andre Patton all came close to placing in the top four.
O’Hare said, ”Sophomore Charlie Major, in my opinion, one of our most improved wrestlers over the past season, had a tough draw into the bracket, losing in his opening round to the number one seed and eventually eliminated in the consolation semifinals by the number three seed.”
Coming up: 3-2-1A State Wrestling Championships at Gross Memorial Coliseum on the campus of Fort Hays State University. Wrestling action begins Friday at 10:00 AM
“I am very proud of their attitudes and efforts when faced with adversity. All of them are stronger and better people because of it. I am disappointed that Kyle and Connor, the other two seniors on the team, were not able to advance to the state tournament. Along with Lane, they will be missed next season,” said O’Hare. “However, for now, I am excited for our three state qualifiers and looking forward to helping them prepare for the state tournament next weekend.”