Hillsboro?s four state wrestling qualifiers combined for a 2-8 record at the Class 3-2-1A tournament in Hays over the weekend.
Jon Carey, who came in as a regional champion at 132 pounds, claimed both victories and finished 2-2 for the tournament.
Carey opened with a 6-5 decision over Rusty Inkelaar of Douglass, then lost by a 14-3 major decision to Macrae Migchel?brink of Atwood-Rawlins County. Migchelbrink was the eventual state runner-up.
In the consolation bracket, Carey defeated Cameron Adams of Fre?donia, 5-4, before absorbing his second loss to Colby Johnson of Burling?ton in a 5-3 decision. John?son went on to place third.
Carey finished with a 32-7 record for the season.
?Jon wrestled well and came up just two points short of advancing into the consolation semifinals, which would have secured him a top-six finish,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?His last match literally came down to fractions of a second in two different situations that could have turned the match in his favor.?
The three remaining Trojan qualifiers were eliminated after two matches.
Senior Jesse Meier (28-15) lost by fall to Josh Nelsen of Marysville at the 2:45 mark. Nelsen went on to win the state title at 170 pounds.
Meier?s season ended with a 28-17 record when he lost by fall to Josh Seabolt of Cimarron at 4:49.
?Although the results show Jesse losing by fall in both matches, he was competing well in both, and they were close matches at the time of the fall,? O?Hare said.
Sophomore Travis King lost by fall to Connor Rych?lec of Burlington at the 3:38 mark of his opening match at 126 pounds. He then lost by major decision, 13-2, to Reece Williams of Wellsville in his first consolation match. King completed the season with a 34-13 record.
?Travis battled hard against two quality opponents,? O?Hare said. ?This experience will serve him well over the next two seasons.?
Sophomore Nathan Simhiser lost his opening match at 195 pounds to Seth Fouts of Douglass, 6-3. He then lost to Caleb Vogels?berg of Marys?ville, 7-3, to finish the season with a 19-22 mark.
?Nathan lost two hard-fought decisions,? O?Hare said. ?He really started to come on strong over the last month, and it carried over into the state tournament. Much like Travis, I believe this experience will be very good for him over the next two seasons.?
O?Hare was philosophical about the weekend?s results.
?Although it is always disappointing to leave Hays without some of the hardware, I can honestly say I am proud of these four young men for their efforts,? he said.
?I am excited to have both Travis and Nathan coming back next year, joining Levi Mendoza as team members with state experience,? he added. ?They will give us some experience and a solid foundation to continue to build on.?
O?Hare affirmed his two seniors, Carey and Meier.
?Both of these guys have been great young men to have in our program, and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to coach them,? he said.
?They both have great character, a great work ethic, and both have developed into outstanding leaders for our team. They will be greatly missed.?