Kids wrestling tournament draws 230 participants and families to Hillsboro

Arthur Thornhill of Marion (top) and Zayne Haslett of Hillsboro square off in the Age 6 & Under division at the Hillsboro takedown Tournament Saturday at Brown Gymnasium. Zayne came back to defeat Arthur, 12-8. This year's 16th tournament drew 230 wrestlers between the ages of 4 and 12 from 23 wrestling clubs around the state. Phyllis Richert PhotoSome 230 wrestlers representing 23 wrestling clubs from around the state competed at the 16th annual Hillsboro Takedown Tourna?ment Saturday at Robert C. Brown Gymnasium.

The tournament, open to wrestlers from age 4 to 12 years, included 28 from the Hillsboro Wrestling Club and about 15 others from Marion.

?The tournament ran pretty smoothly,? said Scott O?Hare, director of the tournament and the local wrestling club. ?I am very proud of our club members for the work they put into this event.

?The wrestlers competed hard, the coaches have worked hard to get them prepared to compete, and the parents have done a great job supporting the wrestlers and getting things in line to run an event like this for our wrestlers,? he added.

O?Hare, who is head coach of the Hillsboro High School wrestling team, said he was pleased to give so many youth in Hillsboro an opportunity to compete in the sport.

?Win or lose, we want our wrestlers to continue to learn the basics of the sport, to compete hard, to give their best effort, and most importantly, to learn to enjoy the sport of wrestling while showing great sportsmanship,? he said.

16th annual Hillsboro Takedown Tournament

Hillsboro results

6 & under: Maddox Hefley, 0-3, fourth; Kyson O?Hare 0-3, fourth; Phoenix Fickes, 1-2 third; Bishop Talbott, 0-3, fourth; Jackson Kleiber, 1-1, second; Hitch Soyez, 2-1, second; Aaron Hein, 1-2, third; Abilene Frye, 0-3, fourth; Hudson Rogerts, 0-3, fourth; Zayne Haslett, 2-1, third; Sutton Redger, 2-0, first.

8 & under: Cooper Helfey, 3-0, first; Wyat Soyez, 2-0, 1st; Anthony Fickes, 1-1, second; Baron Talbott, 0-2, third; Layne Clark, 3-0, first; Dallas Whorton, 0-3, fouth; Landon Dye, 1-2, third; Scout Redger, 1-2, third; Angus Duell, 0-3, fourth.

10 & under: Tristen Dye, 2-1, second; Camden Padgett, 3-0, first; Garrett Helmer, 2-1, second; Caulin James, 1-2, third; Tristan Rathbone, 1-2, third; Connor Padgett, 2-0, first; Lane Rogers, 0-2, third.

12 & under: Jordan Bachman, 2-1, second.

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