Rathbone hits 100 career wins


Front row: Brodie Rathbone, Tristan Rathbone, Karrie Rathbone, Mark Rathbone. Back row: Bernard Rundstrum and Carolyn Rundstrum. Senior HHS wrestler Tristan Rathbone reached 100 career wins on Friday in the Halstead tournament.

Hillsboro’s Tristan Rathbone achieved a huge milestone for his wrestling career this past weekend. The senior’s quarterfinal win in the Halstead tournament on Friday night was his 100th career victory as a Hillsboro High School varsity wrestler, becoming only the seventh wrestler in program history to reach that milestone. He joins Nicholas Mueller (135 wins), Jordan Bachman (122), James Bina (117), Tyler Jones (108), Danny Yoder (101) and Levi Mendoza (100) in that elite club.

“He is now at 102 wins which places him at 5th all time,” said Coach Scott O’Hare.

Rathbone has been wrestling since kindergarten when he started with the Hillsboro Wrestling Club, which is run by O’Hare. He has wrestled in middle school and high school for HMHS.

While Rathbone trains and works hard each season for his individual victories, he is very team-focused, above all.

“The real sum of my wrestling journey isn’t 100 wins, but rather the hours of hard work, the support system around me, and the coaches who have shaped me throughout my journey,” said Rathbone.

Rathbone is focusing on finishing up his wrestling season and high school career and is currently looking at wildlife biology programs at a couple of colleges. He has not yet decided on one.

“As parents we are proud of all the hard work he has put in over the years and are thankful for the wonderful coaches who have invested in him from kid’s club wrestling and the HHS program,” said mom, Karrie Rathbone.

There is still much of the season left and Rathbone will most likely return to state this spring for the fourth year in a row which means his number of career wins will only continue to climb. He will compete next on Saturday at the Eureka Invitational.

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